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    • Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Procedures and Filing Requirements
      Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Procedures and Filing Requirements Carri Bennet, RTG's General Counsel Recorded: May 8 2012 7:00 pm UTC 49 mins
    • Join RTG on this webcast to review the FCC's Public Notice and the procedures that will be used for the reverse auction (designated as Auction 901) scheduled to be held on September 27.

      Background: The FCC announced on May 2nd the competitive bidding procedures for Phase I of the Mobility Fund, the first-ever reverse auction for Universal Service support, to accelerate delivery of advanced mobile services that currently lack 3G or 4G service. Winning bidders must deploy either 3G service within two years or 4G service within three years of the award. The Mobility Fund will award up to $300M that was reserved out of savings from the Commission’s Universal Service Fund (USF) reforms. As part of last year’s reform, the FCC for the first time made universal mobile service an express universal service goal, and created the Mobility Fund to help close the nation’s gaps in mobile wireless service.

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    • 600 MHz Broadcast Television Incentive Auction Rules & Requirements
      600 MHz Broadcast Television Incentive Auction Rules & Requirements Tara Shostek, RWA Regulatory Counsel, and Erin Fitzgerald, RWA Assistant Regulatory Counsel Recorded: Jun 18 2014 6:00 pm UTC 63 mins
    • Join RWA on this webcast to review the FCC’s 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive Auction, which is scheduled for 2015.

      Background: On May 15, 2014, the FCC adopted the Incentive Auction Report and Order detailing the extremely complicated 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive Auction, which will make additional low-band spectrum available to meet consumers’ skyrocketing demand for mobile broadband services. The FCC’s Order addresses the 600 MHz band plan, geographic licensing areas, repacking procedures, opportunities for carriers to obtain reserve spectrum licenses and the Incentive Auction processes. This extremely complicated auction involves three interwoven parts: (1) a reverse auction that will recover spectrum from television broadcasters who voluntarily give up some or all of their spectrum rights in exchange for incentive payments; (2) repacking of those broadcasters that remain on the air after the auction has been completed; and (3) a forward auction through which the FCC will license the reclaimed 600 MHz spectrum to wireless providers. The Incentive Auction is considered wireless providers’ last opportunity to secure low-band spectrum licenses at auction for the foreseeable future. This webcast will address Incentive Auction processes, as well as post-auction and regulatory issues.

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    • Deploying Machine Learning Techniques at Petabyte Scale with Databricks
      Deploying Machine Learning Techniques at Petabyte Scale with Databricks Saket Mengle, Senior Principal Data Scientist at DataXu Recorded: May 22 2017 5:00 pm UTC 61 mins
    • The central premise of DataXu is to apply data science to better marketing. At its core, is the Real-time Bidding Platform that processes 2 petabytes of data per day and responds to ad auctions at a rate of 2.1 million requests per second across 5 different continents. Serving on top of this platform is DataXu’s analytics engine that gives their clients insightful analytics reports addressed towards client marketing business questions. Some common requirements for both these platforms are the ability to do real-time processing, scalable machine learning, and ad-hoc analytics.

      This webinar will showcase DataXu’s successful use-cases of using the Apache® Spark™ framework and Databricks to address all of the above challenges while maintaining its agility and rapid prototyping strengths to take a product from initial R&D phase to full production.

      We will also discuss in detail:

      Challenges of using Apache Spark in a petabyte scale machine learning system and how we worked to solve the issues.
      Best practices and highlight the steps of large scale Spark ETL processing, model testing, all the way through to interactive analytics.

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    • Cybersecurity M&A and IPO’S: Trends and Lessons
      Cybersecurity M&A and IPO’S: Trends and Lessons Jason Kaufman, Don More, Greg Oslan, Alberto Yepez Recorded: Apr 23 2013 2:25 pm UTC 28 mins
    • The pending Presidential Executive Order relative to Cybersecurity legislation, disruptive technologies, record cash, aggressive new buyers, and attractive valuations are stimulating entrepreneurs in this domain to consider selling their companies in 2013. Many entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this moment--but are you ready? What are the trends and lessons one needs to know? Should you contemplate an IPO or conduct an auction? What actions should be considered when selling to a strategic buyer versus a private equity firm? What is the process to achieve an optimal outcome? Hear from Chad Sweet, Co-Founder and CEO of The Chertoff Group, as he leads a panel of both advisors and entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated the sale process and can share with you their secrets to success.

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    • Strategies to raise the value of and preserve LMDS/39GHz licenses
      Strategies to raise the value of and preserve LMDS/39GHz licenses Lisa Youngers of XO, Patrick Thompson of XO and Michael Lasky of Widelity Recorded: Jul 14 2011 6:00 pm UTC 33 mins
    • Strategies to raise the value of and preserve LMDS and 39 GHz licenses - Presented by XO and Widelity

      The FCC currently allows access to Common Carrier microwave spectrum at nearly no cost. This pales in comparison to the cost of LMDS licenses that were distributed via auction. XO believes this policy not only lowers the value of these investments, but also creates inefficiencies in the microwave bands.

      XO is urging the federal government to modernize the microwave spectrum bands to make certain these assets are being properly valued as broadband is deployed throughout the country. XO will review its position on its efforts to ensure market forces are in play whether through an auction – similar to what LMDS license holders had to participate in to win licenses – or the application of fees that will dissuade warehousing of spectrum and increase the value of licensed spectrum.

      Widelity works with license holders to help them meet their substantial service requirements. Many license holders received extensions in 2008 and now must now make substantial service showings by June 1, 2012. Widelity will cover the options license holders have to meet the substantial service requirements by deploying services or constructing facilities that meet the FCC's “safe harbor provisions.” Widelity will also review equipment and deployment strategies.

      Lisa R. Youngers, VP, Federal Affairs, XO Communications
      Lisa is responsible for all federal policy, regulatory, and legislative matters affecting XO’s interests before the FCC, Congress, and all levels of executive administration including regulatory and legislative strategy.

      Patrick Thompson, Dir. of Leg. Affairs, XO Communications
      Patrick has over 12 years of congressional experience; including time in the U.S. Senate and House and now corporate America.

      Michael Lasky, Principal, Widelity
      Mr. Lasky has over 25 years of business management and consulting experience in the technology and communications industries.

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    • Distressed M&A - lessons from the current market
      Distressed M&A - lessons from the current market IFLR, Herbert Smith, Ernst & Young Recorded: Nov 19 2009 11:00 am UTC 88 mins
    • Distressed M&A - experience and lessons form the current market
      - Speed, simplicity and certainty are the key drivers
      - Stakeholders, their influence and deal dynamics
      - The valuation and integrity of the process
      - Employees, pensions and tax
      - Lessons from the current market:
      -Oilexco: M&A through administration
      -IMO: valuation and constituencies
      -Nortel: enhancing value through an auction
      -JJB: alternatives to M&A

      - Nicholas Pettifer, senior staff writer, IFLR
      - Kevin Haywood, partner, Ernst & Young
      - Gillian Fairfield, partner, Herbert Smith
      - Kevin Pullen, partner, Herbert Smith

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