Radio spectrum is the lifeblood of wireless networks. Traditional methods of doling out spectrum have somewhat hindered rather than helped maximize the availability of affordable Internet access, even if this was not the case with voice and text. Instead of seeking to aggrandize auction proceeds by creating scarcity, more flexible allocations including shared as well as traditional licensed and unlicensed assignments are required.
The proposition that expanding communications availability requires additional spectrum and shared use among service providers, as well as users, was in focus at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Global Summit recently.
Horses for courses
Allocations of unlicensed spectrum at relatively low power for local-area use have always made great sense.