William Webb is appointed to the prestigious SpectrumX External Advisory Board

William Webb is appointed to the prestigious SpectrumX External Advisory Board

London UK – for publication 20 June 2022 – Access Partnership’s Chief Technology Officer, William Webb, has been appointed to the prestigious SpectrumX External Advisory Board.

SpectrumX, the first National Science Foundation (NSF) Spectrum Innovation Center in the United States, it is the largest academic hub in the world where all stakeholders can innovate, work together, and maximise the societal benefits of the priceless radio spectrum. The goal of SpectrumX is to promote multidisciplinary research, education and workforce development, cooperation, and policy outreach.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to recruit this caliber of EAB members to SpectrumX, and to host their first meeting on our campus. Their feedback on our progress to date and their assistance in growing our research, educational, and policy impact will be invaluable to our success,”

Nick Laneman, the Center’s Founding Director, Co-Director of the Wireless Institute in the College of Engineering, and professor of Electrical Engineering at Notre Dame. 

“Enhancing the efficiency of spectrum use and the speed of innovation in wireless is critical to our society. SpectrumX is a hugely important initiative to coordinate and focus research and I’m honoured to be part of the External Advisory Board to help steer direction and provide additional insight.”

William Webb, Chief Technology Officer, Access Partnership

William has published 17 books, 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Southampton University, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. He has been awarded multiple honorary doctorates by the UK’s leading universities and in 2018 was awarded the IET’s prestigious Mountbatten Medal for technology entrepreneurship.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the two primary spectrum regulatory bodies in the United States, have former executives on the EAB, which is made up of a balanced group of thought leaders from industry, government, and academia. A minimum of one current employee from each of the NTIA, FCC, and NSF will attend the EAB as an observer. Members of the EAB aid SpectrumX in achieving its goals by advising it on its operations and fostering strategic alliances and collaborations.

About Access Partnership

Access Partnership is the world’s leading public policy firm dedicated to opening markets for technology. We shape national, regional and international policies to ensure a fair, long-lasting environment for technology that drives growth. Our teams in six offices across the globe uniquely mix policy and technical expertise to drive outcomes for clients operating at the intersection of technology, data and connectivity.

About SpectrumX

SpectrumX is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of its Spectrum Innovation Initiative, under grant number AST 21-32700. Its participating research institutions include the University at Albany, Agnes Scott College, Clemson University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Olin College of Engineering, MIT Haystack Observatory, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, New Mexico Tech, Northwestern University, Norfolk State University, New York University, University of Pittsburgh, Spelman College, Stanford University, Texas Tech University, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Notre Dame, University of the Virgin Islands, South Carolina State University, University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez Campus, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Virginia, the University of the West Indies, Virginia Diodes, Inc., and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).

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