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January 14, 2013
Brattle Principal Coleman Bazelon Featured in Communications Daily for Remarks Given at Consumer Electronics Show Panel

Brattle principal Coleman Bazelon was featured in the January 10th, 2013 issue of Communications Daily for his participation during a panel discussion at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, which took place January 8th in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Bazelon, alongside other telecommunication industry experts, spoke during a panel session addressing the overwhelming importance of data to fueling wireless growth, a key topic of the exhibition. He remarked that most Americans use their phones primarily to access the Internet and for data, rather than to make actual voice calls.

“The Internet is really driving mobile,” Dr. Bazelon noted. Carriers are investing in networks “not because people are making more phone calls, but because there’s more data usage,” he said. “That’s creating jobs and economic growth.”

Dr. Bazelon also explained how using mobile phones for data has a “multiplier” effect, by which if consumers are using their phones for Internet service, they are finding new business and being touched by advertisers, therefore making an increased impact on the economy. His remarks also touched on the increased demand on wireless networks in the U.S. over the past eight years. “Carriers are inevitably going to continue to invest in new equipment and cell division technologies to increase the capacity of the networks, but without more spectrum that’s going to be increasingly expensive,” Dr. Bazelon said.