NEBSA 2014

Annual Meeting and Convention

"Education, Technology, Mobility -

Today and Tomorrow"

Rozen Plaza Hotel Daytime Vies


February 17th - 20th , 2014

at the

Rosen Plaza Hotel

9700 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819-8114


Conference Keynote Speakers



Patricia Tikkala

Vice President,

Spectrum Management, Sprint


Tuesday, February 18 – Sprint Into the Future: Business, Build Out and Technology Strategy for EBS

Patricia Tikkala is Vice President for Sprint’s spectrum portfolio, which consists of spectrum in the 800 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2500 MHz bands.  Tikkala has responsibility for making spectrum available to the network in a timely and cost effective manner. Tikkala and her team work closely with the network and technology development teams to assess current needs and future strategies and with Sprint’s regulatory group to ensure that Sprint’s and its partner’s spectrum holdings, such as those of the EBS community, are fully considered in any regulatory proceedings.   Tikkala has worked in the wireless industry for 19 years, with the last 11 having been with Nextel and now Sprint.  Tikkala moved from a finance role to her current position as VP Spectrum Management in 2006.


Bob Friday - VP/CTO,

Enterprise Networking Labs – Mobility, Cisco

Wednesday, February 19 - Convergence of Mobile Networks: Turning your Mobile Network into a Strategic Asset to Improve the Educational Experience

Bob Friday is Vice President/ Chief Technology Officer for Enterprise Networking – Mobility managing strategic wireless initiatives for the Enterprise Mobility business Wi-fi.  Friday’s career has been focused on developing unlicensed wireless networking technology and products. He came to Cisco as the Chief Scientist and cofounder of Airespace, the wireless LAN leader acquired by Cisco in 2004. At Airespace, he introduced a centralized controller architecture for enterprise 802.11 wireless networks and was responsible for location technology, mesh, wireless routing technology, radio hardware development, and radio resource management algorithms. Friday has been awarded 17 patents. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and MS degree in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.

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Hot Topics

  FCC Actions 

 November 8, 2013

 Applications for New EBS Stations

On November 8, 2013, the FCC issued six decisions addressing applications for new EBS station licenses or special temporary authorizations (STAs).  The FCC granted waivers of the current new station licensing freeze and issued licenses in three cases -- to Northern Michigan University (2) and the Nisqually Indian Tribe, but it denied waiver requests and applications in three other cases -- Performance Learning Academy, Educational Broadband Corp, and Indiana State University.  The decisions can be found on the FCC’s website.  This link is to the FCC Daily Digest for November 8, 2013, and the six decisions can be found and clicked on in that document:


NEBSA had opposed the Performance Learning Academy application.  NEBSA and the Catholic Television Network jointly opposed the Educational Broadband Corp. application.  In both these cases, the applications appeared to be generated by an excess capacity operator and motivated by commercial interest in obtaining a license to lease excess capacity. 

NEBSA opposed the applications because it is not appropriate in most cases for parties to “jump the gun” by applying for new stations in advance of an FCC decision that sets out the criteria and process for the licensing of the remaining EBS channels across the country.  This is particularly true where the motivation seems to be commercial rather than educational.

NEBSA did not oppose the Northern Michigan, Nisqually Indian Tribe or Indiana State requests, in part because they did not seek to lease excess capacity and therefore the applications did not appear to be commercially motivated.  The Indiana State application was opposed by another party, and ultimately, the FCC did not find the Indiana State request to be compelling, as there were other alternatives to meet the University’s needs.

Industry Updates

July 9, 2013

Sprint Completes Acquisition of Clearwire

July 30, 2013

Sprint promises wide rollout and device support for     ex-Clearwire spectrum

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