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Sunday, July 27, 2003


"Spectrum licensing and broadband"

"Spectrum licensing and broadband"

"Back in 1927 when Congress established the Federal Radio Commission, the predecessor to today's Federal Communications Commission, it precluded a full property rights regime in the radio spectrum by declaring its purpose to maintain government control of the airwaves. Today, almost seventy years later, the Communications Act continues to bar private ownership of the spectrum."

Good (but very basic) overview of how the FCC manages radio frequency allocations in the U.S. The article also includes a discussion of Northpoint's effort to secure spectrum to offer wireless broadband around the U.S.


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