A broad range of topics, from financing, federal regulations and public safety to technology, will be covered during the New York State Wireless Association’s Wireless Forum, to be held June 20 and 21 in New York City.
“The panels address what we believe are the key topics in the wireless industry today,” NYSWA President Thomas Marciano of inRange Solutions told AGL eDigest. “We wrap everything around how wireless will move forward toward 5G. It has a national as well as a local flavor.”
Keynotes will be presented by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Samir Saini, New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications. Additionally, attendees can take tours of the Verizon Wireless 5G Technology Lab at “The Alley” and the 9/11 Memorial Museum distributed antenna system.
“You will find the largest companies and small mom and pops attending and sponsoring this event, because it has something for everyone,” Marciano said. “It has a ton of information and, because it is a 500-attendee show, they have access to the people that are speaking.”
The Wireless Forum previously moved around the state serving the various regions. This year’s event marks the fourth gathering since NYSWA gave it a permanent home in New York City in 2013. This year’s event will be the first one under the leadership of Marciano, who was appointed president in December of last year, succeeding Christopher Fisher of Cuddy & Feder, who served for six years.
“We wanted to be able to attract the level of speaker talent, keynote talent that would elevate the level of content,” Marciano said. “So we moved it New York City.”
The Wireless Forum, which takes place biennually, is NYSWA’s largest event that it holds.
Whether it is on the state legislature level or the local municipal level, NYSWA has served as an advocate for the wireless industry. NYSWA members visit legislators in Albany in an event held in the spring on years when the Wireless Forum is not held. The association has also hosted the carriers and City of New York representatives to talk about zoning and permitting issues and future small cell deployments.
“The president and board of the association have been extremely engaged in making sure that the membership understands the industry’s issues and have been constantly pushing the association to be involved to address those issues, promoting wireless in the State of New York,” Marciano said. “That is our core mission. Whether we are educating our members or elected officials, we see all of our events as educational.”
“It is really important that the conversation, whether it is the local or state level, comes from an organization like ours,” Fisher said. “We are on the ground and know where the possible impacts and opportunities are.”