Higher Standards

I’ve posted my draft paper, Higher Standards: Regulation in the Network Age (Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, forthcoming 2009) to the SSRN online repository.  Here’s the abstract: As digital networks proliferate, standardized interfaces will define the economic and normative dynamics of markets. In other words, standardization is regulation. Regulatory mechanisms must evolve to emulate the best aspects of the standard-setting process. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should remake itself ...

Open Spectrum podcast

David Weinberger and I did a podcast last week about open spectrum that is now available on Richard Giles’ site, The Gadget Show. We had a few audio issues — we were communicating over Skype between the US and Autralia. Nonetheless, we were able to cover the major reasons why radical spectrum policy reform is such an exciting concept, and where things stand today.

Chicago Tribune on open spectrum

The Chicago Tribune has an article about the FCC’s various proposals to open up more wireless capacity, with several quotes from me.  The different aspects of open spectrum get a bit muddled, such as the distinction between current initiatives like the FCC’s broadcast underlay proceeding and long-term proposals like my supercommons idea.  Still, it’s good to see the big idea of open spectrum getting play in a mainstream newspaper.

Coursey's Spectrum Skepticism

David Coursey at ZDNet AnchorDesk picks up on our IEEE Spectrum article about the coming spectrum explosion.  David’s job is to be cantankerous and pick fights.  So I’m not offended by his comment that “My immediate reaction to [the article] is, ‘Keep dreaming.’”  He acknowledges that we make a convincing case; he’s just skeptical the spectrum-rich future we paint will arrive quickly or without tradeoffs.  I’m not sure where exactly ...

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 ...

Old wireless thinking

This Washington Post story about new wireless services is a great example of old telecom thinking.  Everything depends on the carriers, and when they upgrade their networks.  WiFi hotspots and other forms of unlicensed connectivity remove that bottleneck — along with the additional charges the carriers want to load on for the whizbang new services.  That’s why incorporating WiFi (and ultimately software radios) into mobile handsets is such a significant ...

NTIA spectrum event

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which managed government spectrum, is holding a forum on spectrum policy on December 9, with other events planned in January and February.  This is part of the Bush Administration’s spectrum task force initiative, launched in June.

Spectrum matters

Intel’s Sean Maloney at the ITU Telecom 2003 convention: “Spectrum is going to become more important and people need to get involved. The public needs to pay far more attention to spectrum allocation than it does.”

Spectrum policy demystified

The New America Foundation released the very helpful Citizens Guide to the Airwaves last month. It translates the sometimes-arcane elements of spectrum policy into plain English. This stuff is exceedingly important, but it’s easy to miss the significance if you don’t realize what’s at stake in seemingly technical regulatory debates.

WiFi slam dunk

NetStumbler.com: "Vivato, a wireless infrastructure company, today announced that Hoopfest, the largest three-on-three basketball tournament in the world, will use Vivato 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Switches to blanket the City of Spokane, Wash., with Wi-Fi during its 2003 event scheduled for June 28-29, 2003. "