The State of U.S. Spectrum Policy

Date: July 23, 2020

Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building



U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, held a hearing titled, “The State of U.S. Spectrum Policy,” on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The hearing examined the Federal Communications Commission’s and National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s role in spectrum management and policy making. Witnesses had the opportunity to discuss how the increased demand and competition for licensed and unlicensed spectrum resources have impacted spectrum policies in the United States.


  • Mr. Tom Power, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CTIA
  • Mr. Mark Gibson, Director of Business Development, CommScope
  • Dr. Roslyn Layton, Visiting Researcher, Aalborg University
  • Mr. Michael Calabrese, Director, Wireless Future Project, Open Technology Institute at New America

Read: Testimony of H. Mark Gibson from the July 23rd Senate Hearing


Mark Gibson

With over 38 years of spectrum management experience, Mark is responsible for developing domestic and international business opportunities for CommScope. In addition to leading technical and business development efforts for numerous wireless and spectrum-related products and services, he has led efforts to address spectrum sharing between Federal government and commercial users. He leads CommScope’s CBRS efforts on the Spectrum Access System/Environmental Sensing Capability and the efforts to develop, test and certify the Automated Frequency Coordination system for 6 GHz unlicensed bands. He is a board member of the CBRS Alliance and an officer on the board of the Wireless Innovation Forum. He is a member of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, where he has also co-chaired working groups related to spectrum sharing and data exchange issues and has testified before the U.S. Congress on spectrum-related matters. He has led spectrum management efforts including spectrum sharing analysis protocols and sharing criteria, as well as development of engineering services and software products. He speaks frequently and has authored several papers on spectrum sharing and relocation and has advised numerous wireless participants in their system design. He is a Life Member of IEEE. He has an amateur radio license and is an instrument-rated commercial pilot.