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Dr. Peterson

Derek Peterson

Chief Technology Officer, Boingo Wireless

Derek Peterson, Ph. D., is chief technology officer at Boingo Wireless. He is responsible for the company's technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest IT and wireless network technologies including 5G, Passpoint, network virtualization and convergence. He is directly responsible for building and operating Boingo's core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, advertising, IPTV, business intelligence and IT infrastructure. Dr. Peterson has led Boingo to many wireless industry achievements, including the Wireless Broadband Alliance award for “Best Converged Operator Deployment” which recognized the company's cellular and Wi-Fi networks at Philips Arena; Light Reading award for “Most Innovative Wireless Service;” Wi-Fi Industry awards for "Best Wi-Fi Network Operator" and "Best Wi-Fi Service for Vertical Markets" and the Light Reading Leading Light award for "Most Innovative Carrier Wi-Fi Deployment.” Dr. Peterson was also named “CTO of the Year” in 2017 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and a 2015 "Wireless Industry Executive to Watch" by FierceWireless. Dr. Peterson has deep telecommunications experience as a consultant, engineer, product manager and executive. Prior to joining Boingo in 2011, he served in strategic product roles at Oracle driving global launch campaigns for LTE adoption and billing software solutions. He is a Wireless Broadband Alliance and MulteFire Alliance board member, and a founding member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association's Innovation & Technology Council of wireless industry leaders. Dr. Peterson holds a BS in computer science from the University of Maryland, an MA in education and technology from the American Intercontinental University, and a Doctorate of Computer Science with a focus on enterprise information systems from Colorado Technical University. He is an adjunct professor for Colorado Technical University and an editor for the “International Journal of Strategic Information Technology and Applications.”

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Dr. Peterson can be contacted at 424-256-7036 or dpeterson@boingo.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.