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Jonathan Spalter is the Chairman of Mobile Future, a broad-based coalition of businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals interested in and dedicated to advocating for an environment in which innovations in wireless technology and services are enabled and encouraged.

Prior to joining Mobile Future, Spalter founded the independent investment research company, Public Insight, and was CEO of Snocap, the digital music licensing and company founded by the creators of Napster.

Spalter has also held senior management roles at the Paris headquarters of Vivendi Universal, the global media, telecommunications, and entertainment group. During the Clinton/Gore Administration, Spalter was associate director of the US Information Agency, where he also was appointed chief information officer. He also served in the White House as the director of public affairs for the National Security Council staff, and chief international affairs spokesman and speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore.

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Celebrate the Mobile Moment

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 11:04 AM

The holidays are a time of reflection and a chance to look back and give thanks for blessings--large and small--that keep us connected to loved ones and the world.

For millennials, that might mean giving thanks for the ability to snag that last-minute reservation when you forgot your parents were...

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The Innovators Shaping Our Mobile Future

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 2:28 PM

There are many reasons to be thankful for mobile technology this season. Instead of battling the masses on black Friday, I can do all my shopping from my smartphone. A mobile app contains all the recipes we need for holiday dinner parties and a myriad of mobile gadgets are at...

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A Spectrum Needle in the Budget Haystack

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Last week's freshly minted two-year budget deal on Capitol Hill offers plenty for talking heads to debate, praise and decry. But buried within its 144 pages is a mild-mannered wireless provision that has gone largely unnoticed in the initial media blitz. The provision aims squarely at the alarming and growing...

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Internet of Things and the Mobile Future

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 1:43 PM

Every second, an average of 127 new things are connected to the Internet. This networked ecosystem of sensors and devices not only includes our smartphones and tablets, but virtually every part of our daily lives -- from our cars, to smart appliances in our homes, and schools, to...

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The Next Great Frontier in Our Mobile Future

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 8:35 PM

Laying claim to almost half of all 4G LTE connections in the world, the U.S. is the global leader in the advancement of cutting-edge, next-generation wireless technology, harnessing the power of these networks to meet skyrocketing demand for connectivity and fuel our nation's thriving mobile economy. But, while record investment...

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Internet of Things: Ready for Lift Off

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 4:18 PM

With 25 billion "things" already connected, the fast-emerging Internet of Things ecosystem is a new hub for mobile innovation and economic growth. While we're still in the early stages, the Internet of Things is getting a lot of attention -- in the tech community, from the media and,...

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2014 Mobile Year in Review

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 12:45 PM

From the nation dousing itself in ice water for a good cause to wearable mobile devices topping holiday gift lists, mobile innovation is yet again skidding into home plate as another year draws to a close. With consumer mobile data use climbing, competition intensifying and vigorous wireless network and spectrum investment underway, we at Mobile Future are proud to present our own holiday tradition--the 2014 Mobile Year in Review.

Three trends to watch:

The future is mobile--and video. Ellen's Oscar selfie may have crashed Twitter with over a million retweets, but the big trend of 2014 was mobile plus video. In April, Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed the future of Facebook is mobile. The nation got a glimpse of this with the Ice Bucket Challenge, in which 3.7 million Instagram videos helped raise $115 million for ALS research.

Wearble is the new orange. By year-end, 19 million connected wearable devices will ship worldwide. And, we see the evidence of ready-to-wear wireless fashion on wrists across the nation as Americans adopt en masse health and wellness devices that measure everything from heart rate to steps to sleep patterns. Leave it to mobile innovation to nearly eradicate the wristwatch (as we all check our phones for the time) and then revive it as a powerful, connected tool that's improving our lives. Next stop? Your eyeballs. Check out Google's prototype for a wireless contact lens that can measure your blood sugar.

Data traffic growth is the new normal. More sophisticated and bandwidth-intensive mobile applications (like video) and ever more high-resolution, high-performing devices will continually mean more and more demand for wireless capacity. The good news? Wireless carriers invested a record $33 billion this past year to keep pace with consumer demand. Policies that allow them to continue to do so in the years ahead are essential, as is the continued press for open and ample spectrum auctions that allow wireless providers to expand the amount of overall wireless capacity devoted to commercial spectrum use.

This week the Mobile Future team had the opportunity to spend time with a group of remarkable mobile entrepreneurs who represent inspiring and public-spirited wireless innovation. The Mobileys awards, which were presented this week, honored mobile innovators who are making a lasting difference in their communities through their pioneering products and services.

This year's Mobileys winners are true examples of the amazing results when great ideas, hard work and mobile technology are combined:

Code Blue- A mobile support system that helps young people experiencing depression or bullying get immediate help from their support network. Home base: San Francisco, CA

First Derm - A mobile app that connects users to professional dermatological advice to promote early detection of skin cancer and other ailments. Home base: San Francisco, CA

VolunteerMark - A mobile-friendly software that facilitates communication, scheduling and reporting between organizations and their volunteers. Home base: Merriam, KS

As mobile ends the year strong, 2015 presents even greater opportunities for mind-blowing progress, growth and investment in the next wave of American innovation and innovators. Happy holidays.

Mobile Future Chair Jonathan Spalter, a technology executive and former senior federal government national security official, leads a coalition of technology companies/stakeholders dedicated to increasing investment and innovation in the burgeoning U.S. wireless...
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Embracing the Digital Learning Paradigm

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 12:18 PM


With four children at different educational crossroads, I am fascinated by how wireless technology is transforming teaching and learning. From our preschooler who expertly navigates through early learning apps, to our middle school daughters who rely on their smart device to...

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Winning the Wireless World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:18 AM


Last week the highest court in the land recognized the centrality of mobile when Chief Justice Roberts wrote in an opinion, "modern cell phones...are now such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might...

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It's Easy Being Green with Wireless Tech

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:30 PM

It was the great muppet philosopher Kermit the Frog who first proclaimed in 1970 that "it's not easy bein' green." While that may have been true decades ago, with the swipe of a screen to control your thermostat or the automatic rerouting of delivery vehicles to avoid...

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What the FCC Can Learn from UConn on Spectrum

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 1:56 PM

It doesn't take a face-painting UConn fan to know that NCAA championships are won by a deep bench and strong team. You need a full complement of skilled players working together if you want to cut down that net after the final buzzer. The same can be said of our...

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Setting the Bar for Global Excellence

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 9:45 AM

The global epicenter for discussions about wireless innovation, entrepreneurship and investment is not in Washington, D.C. this week where Japan's Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son (and newly minted owner of wireless carrier Sprint) will share his thoughts on the American mobile marketplace, but rather deep in the heart of Texas. Mobile...

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Mobile Health Tools Make Big Impact

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:57 PM

On both sides of the Atlantic this week, two events are taking place that are shining a dazzlingly bright light on the direction we are headed as global, mobile consumers. The keynote speeches, panel discussions, and hallway conversations unmistakably indicate how growing reliance on mobile connectivity is driving innovation in...

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CES 2014: 'Mobile, mobile, mobile'

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 1:50 PM

From wearable technologies that track back posture, blood pressure and brain waves to connected cars and homes, the 152,000 attendees at this year's Consumer Electronics Show were treated to some of the most innovative wireless technologies global innovation has to offer. So dazzling and ubiquitous were the wireless innovations not...

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2013 Mobile Year In Review [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 3:50 PM

What an amazing year 2013 has been for mobile innovation - and consumers. With hockey stick growth trends continuing without a beat throughout the wireless ecosystem - in demand, in data consumption, in competition, in new services and products, and in investment, we at Mobile Future are proud to present...

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Hush: Why Cell Phones Won't Spoil the Friendly Skies

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 5:22 PM

Like virtually every other commentator I've read or person I've talked to, the thought of flying next to someone loudly conversing at length on their phone causes steam to come out my ears. I would not fly an airline that allowed such behavior, and I'm hardly alone.

That said, to...

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Ten More Bright Lights in the Mobile Future

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:03 PM

A little over two months ago, we challenged innovators across the nation to show us their game-changing mobile apps and services when we launched our national mobile innovation competition, The Mobileys. The goal was to spotlight and support early-stage wireless innovations designed to make the world a better place. We...

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New FCC Chair to Lead Mobile Revolution's Next Phase

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:28 AM

The new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, might get a case of serious vertigo when he takes a look at the new infographic Mobile Future released today - The (R)evolution of Mobile - showing the dizzying growth in wireless marketplace that is greeting him when...

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Spectrum for Brighter Mobile Future

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 12:43 PM

With a Japanese investment group poised to buy one of America's leading wireless companies, tablet sales expected to grow nearly 70 percent this year, and now more mobile subscriptions in the United States than citizens, there is no doubt the U.S. wireless market - and our parallel demand for the...

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The Competitive Edge of U.S. Wireless

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 10:53 AM

This week, Tom Wheeler, President Obama's well-qualified nominee to Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, will have his confirmation hearing, and at last have his day before the United States Senate where he will have the chance to offer his vision for the American wireless marketplace.

In preparing for...

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