The End of Spectrum Scarcity

That’s the title of an article I
co-wrote with Greg Staple, a Washington telecom lawyer, in the new
issue of IEEE Spectrum magazine.  We explain how “open spectrum”
technologies could, with the right regulatory decisions, massively
increase the usable capacity for wireless communication.  More
spectrum is also coming from conventional sources like FCC
reallocation. 

It’s hard to overstate how big a deal this could be.  Cingular
just spent $41 billion for AT&T Wireless, allegedly because it
desparately needed more spectrum.  And we’re not even imagining
the applications and usage scenarios that will develop when wireless
capacity goes from being expensive and scarce to virtually free like
computer cycles.