Bridging the 4G/5G Gap: Telecommunications Roadmap for Implementation - Parts 1 & 2 (Virtual Event)

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Bridging the 4G/5G Gap: Telecommunications Roadmap for Implementation Parts 1 and 2 Live Virtual Event

Brought to you by IEEE Educational Activities and the IEEE Future Networks Initiative

Presenter: David Witkowski

Event Dates:

Part 1 - 10 March 2021 - Sorry you missed the live event! You can still get access to Part 1 by purchasing this entire program!

Part 2 - 9 June 2021

Part 2 Event Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Part 2 Duration: 2 hours

Total Program Time: 4 hours

Total Credits:  4 PDHs/0.4 CEUs 

Wireless technologies have become a fundamental part of daily life in the 21st century. They give us the ability to make efficient use of our time, connect us any time and anywhere, and make our lives better in innumerable ways. In order to function, our wireless devices need to connect to cellular sites that provide good coverage both outdoors and indoors. To do that increasingly requires placement of sites closer to populated areas – creating new challenges for both the wireless industry and local governments. Next-generation cellular technologies will enable greater functionality, but their complexity places increasing burdens on municipalities and government agencies – including a need to understand the relevant technical terminologies that appear in applications, permitting and licensing negotiations, and deployment planning.

Key Objectives of Part 1:

  • Provide a historical overview of 4G/5G technology and how it has impacted society and residents of the United States
  • Explain the legislative and regulatory background that defines what local governments, agencies, and the wireless industry can - and cannot - do

Key Objectives of Part 2:

  • Showcase the scientific evidence surrounding wireless facilities’ impact on property value and human health - including addressing conspiracy theories
  • Provide a roadmap to deploy wireless facilities while minimizing the risk of legal actions either by wireless industry or private citizens

Key Takeaways from this two-part series:

  • Understand the effects cellular networks have on society and commerce
  • Understand how 5G can contribute to national and local economies
  • Understand what is needed for 5G integration in a 3G/4G world
  • Understand the technical lexicon and aspects of wireless equipment datasheets, reports, system design documents, and site applications
  • Understand the risk vs. reward trade-offs of 4G and 5G

Who should attend:

  • Technical professionals working in ICT and the telecommunications industry;
  • Academic faculty members teaching about cellular technologies;
  • Students interested in learning about the applications of cellular technologies on a local level;
  • Institutions, corporations, and organizations that work on cellular-related topics and projects;
  • Local government and municipal agency leaders including:  
  • Elected Officials (Mayors, Councilmembers, etc.)
  • City/Town Managers, and Assistant/Deputy Managers
  • Public Works, Transportation, and Public Utilities employees (Directors/Managers, and Engineers)
  • Planning Staff and Planning Commissioners
  • Economic Development (Directors/Managers) and Hospitality/Visitor agencies
  • Municipal Real Estate employees (Directors/Managers, and staff)
  • Local businesses, social service clubs, Chambers of Commerce leaders and staff

Benefits for attending:

  • After completing an assessment at the end of each event, attendees will earn a Certificate of Completion confirming 2 PDHs/0.2 CEUs per event OR 4 PDHs/0.4 CEUs for both events
  • Attendees of both events will receive an IEEE digital badge that may be shared on social media channels
  • Access to resources related to the topic (i.e. Bridging the Gap: 21st Century Wireless Communications Handbook, 2019 Edition)
  • Access to the recorded versions of the events


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David Witkowski

David Witkowski is an author, advisor, and strategist who works at the intersection between wireless telecommunications and local/regional governments. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and earning his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, he held managerial and leadership roles for companies ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to early-stage startups. David is the Founder & CEO of Oku Solutions LLC and serves as the Executive Director of Civic Technology Initiatives at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Deployment Working Group at IEEE Future Networks, Co-Chair of the GCTC Wireless SuperCluster at NIST, on the Board of Expert Advisors for the California Emerging Technology Fund, and is a Fellow in the Radio Club of America and a Senior Member in the IEEE.

This event is brought to you by IEEE in partnership with IEEE Educational Activities and the IEEE Future Networks Initiative. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE delivers peer-reviewed education on cutting-edge technologies, brought to you by leading experts.

Publication Year: 2021

Bridging the 4G/5G Gap: Telecommunications Roadmap for Implementation - Parts 1 & 2 (Virtual Event)
  • Course Provider: Educational Activities
  • Course Number: EDP621
  • Duration (Hours): 4
  • Credits: 0.4 CEU/ 4 PDH