FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and DISH Co-Founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen will take part in a Q&A Keynote Fireside Chat at the upcoming conference of the communications tower industry.
The keynote will take place during the NATE Unite 2022 Awards Luncheon, sponsored by DISH, on Feb. 23 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas.
NATE is the Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association. President/CEO Todd Schlekeway said he welcomed the participation of Carr and Ergen and the chance for them to share their insights.
“Additionally, NATE Unite 2022 being held in Las Vegas is well-timed to coincide with DISH preparing to activate service and make the city its first official 5G wireless market during the first quarter of 2022,” he said in a press release.
NATE quoted Carr as saying, “The individuals who are building, servicing, maintaining and deploying America’s wireless networks have some of the toughest jobs out there. But their hard, often gritty work is critical for the buildout of 5G and has allowed us to continue to lead the world in wireless.”
Carr is one of two Republicans on the FCC and is the agency’s former general counsel. At the FCC, he has worked to update infrastructure rules and accelerate the buildout of high-speed networks. NATE said these reforms have cut a large amount of red tape and enabled the private sector to construct high-speed networks.
The discussion will be moderated by analyst Jennifer Fritzsche, head of North American Telecom and Digital Infrastructure at Greenhill & Co.