Friday, July 26, 2002

Spectrum Regulation

This is not strictly brand-new news, but the FCC started a Spectrum Policy Task Force last month to reexamine how the spectrum is regulated. Several public workshops are planned for the near future, and many interesting comments have already been posted on the FCC's website.

There is a big push in among certain people (including me) to de-regulate more areas of the spectrum by allowing free and open usage, possibly subject to technological constraints that would minimize interference. I was pleasantly surprised to find that (among many others) Craig Mundie, a top Microsoft executive commenting on behalf of Microsoft, supported such deregulation as well. (His remarks can be found here.) Other comments that are worth reading, if you're interested in that sort of stuff, include those of Thomas Hazlett, Gerald Faulhaber and David Farber, Timothy Shepard, Kevin Werbach, and David Reed.

(Via SATN).


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