April 9, 2007

New Proposal for 700 Mhz Spectrum

The spectrum to be available in 2009 and the auction preceding the allocation of it will have very important implications for wireless broadband. I'm not sure I like the idea of public safety agencies sharing spectrum for use in an emergency. This would mean that private users would not have it available to them in that same emergency, when they may also need it.

I think the spectrum should be allocated in such a way that both the private sector and public safety people have the ability to use their bandwidth even in an emergency. Perhaps Markoff oversimplifies the dynamic allocation process, but best efforts should be exerted by the FCC for satisfying both public and private demands with their own slice of spectrum.
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