This is why we have underserved communities self-inflicted harm by
accepting the limitations of a fictional resource.
What is spectrum?
You cant see or feel radio spectrum. But any device that communicates
wirelessly needs spectrum such as televisions, car key fobs, baby
monitors, wireless microphones and satellites. Mobile phones use spectrum to
connect to a local mast so people can make calls and access the internet.
Thats like saying that automobiles need tracks. It also uses the absurd
term access the Internet as if there is a magical land called Internet.
This is like saying that we need epicycles in order to navigate because
thats the way Ptolemy organized the planets.
It then says
Why does Ofcom manage spectrum use?
Only a limited amount of spectrum is available, so it needs to be managed
carefully. Certain bands of spectrum are also used for different purposes.
For example, mobile companies use different parts of the spectrum to TV
companies. So, it needs to be managed to prevent services interfering and
causing disruption to people and businesses.
As if were going to run out of the color blue. And radio waves dont
interfere, we just get confusion when we limited ourselves to frequency
bands and, by throwing away rich context, we find ourselves confused.
We know that a best-efforts packet infrastructure that is indifferent to
wires/wireless facilities works so much better.
So how do we get out of this 19th century mindset?
From: dc3-bounces(a)listas.altermundi.net <dc3-bounces(a)listas.altermundi.net>
On Behalf Of Luca Belli
Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2019 11:16
To: Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity <dc3(a)listas.altermundi.net>
Subject: [DC3] New spectrum sharing approach by Ofcom
In case you have not seen it, Ofcom has proposed a very interesting new
spectrum sharing approach
I have already added this to the section of informative documents in the DC3
If you have any other suggestions regarding good informative studies on
Access to infrastructure including spectrum; Licensing, fees and compliance;
Taxation and funding, please add them to the pad
All the best
Luca Belli, PhD
Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation
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