Rudolph J. Geist
Mr. Geist is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Utopian Wireless Corporation. He has over two decades of experience as a telecommunications entrepreneur, executive and attorney focusing principally on FCC licensed 2.5 GHz spectrum, having been immersed in nearly every major legal, regulatory, technical, business, and financial development in the modern 2.5 GHz spectrum industry throughout his career. As a leader in the development of the 2.5 GHz industry in the U.S., Mr. Geist was Co-Founder, Director, President and General Counsel of SpectrumLink Networks, Inc., a wireless broadband company which through a transaction with Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area initiated by Mr. Geist and SpectrumLink in 2001, was merged into and became Clearwire Holdings, Inc., a company acquired in 2003 by wireless industry pioneer Craig McCaw that became Clearwire Corporation pursuant to a transaction also initiated and facilitated by Mr. Geist. Working with Clearwire from 2003 through 2007, Mr. Geist was directly responsible for the acquisition by Clearwire of 3 billion MHz pops of its initial 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings prior to its 2008 merger transaction with Sprint. In 2013, Sprint Corporation acquired a 100% interest in Clearwire for $14 billion. Subsequent to his work with Clearwire, in 2006, Mr. Geist also founded Utopian Wireless Corporation to aggregate 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings in secondary and tertiary markets and deploy wireless services to underserved areas.
Prior to founding SpectrumLink/Clearwire and Utopian, Mr. Geist was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Director of O1 Communications, Inc. (www.o1.com)
, which he helped grow into a California statewide facilities-based telecommunications carrier within 12 months from inception. He is also the founder and Managing Partner of RJGLaw LLC (www.rjglawllc.com)
and founder and Chairman of EBSspectrum.org (www.ebsspectrum.org)
, a comprehensive online guide to 2.5 GHz spectrum opportunities. Throughout his career, Mr. Geist has been a frequent speaker and lecturer at emerging telecommunications industry conferences and events, and has authored numerous articles in emerging telecommunications trade publications. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University of America School of Law, Washington, D.C., with a special certificate in communications law from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. Mr. Geist is also a graduate of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Magna Cum Laude, where he also received an Honors Inter-disciplinary degree in communications law (self designed) as a member of the University Honors Program, was a Dean's Scholar, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.
Gregory L. Rohde
Mr. Rohde is the President of Utopian and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a technology entrepreneur and recognized expert in telecommunications, wireless, and public safety communications policy at the international level. He has served on several corporate and non-profit boards and holds senior executive positions in some of the industry's exciting start up wireless and spectrum companies. Rohde founded (2001) and also serves as the President of e-Copernicus (www.e-copernicus.com) - a telecommunications consulting firm providing broadband and telecommunications financing and business development services.
Rohde is the former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the telecommunications and information service policy agency of the United States government and manager of the federal radio magnetic spectrum. As the head of NTIA, he served as the principal advisor on telecommunications and information policies, domestic and international, to the President of the United States and was the lead voice of the Administration on matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and on international telecommunications and information service policy issues.
Mr. Rohde's public service career began in 1988 with U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) for whom he worked for more than 10 years as chief policy advisor for all areas of jurisdiction under the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Mr. Rohde played a key role in major legislation such as the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Internet Tax Freedom Act, and the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999. Born in Pierre, South Dakota in 1961, Mr. Rohde graduated from North Dakota State University in 1985 with a B.S. in Education with Sociology and Philosophy majors. He holds a graduate degree in Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he graduated in 1988. He was inducted into the North Dakota State Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Bismarck Century High School Hall of Fame in 2006.