said by patcat88:
Spectrum is a stock certificate. You can keep it forever. You don't have to sell it, or participate in proxy meetings (use it). Its always worth money. EBS (Clear 2.5) was handed out no questions asked to any non-profit that could mail in the form. BRS (Clear 2.5) and or MMDS (2.5 again) I'm not sure why it there were zero conditions on it, or it it was auctioned or granted on "merit". Look at a coverage map. Especially Tmobile or Sprint. Look at Sprint's spectrum map and compare it to Sprint's native network coverage. Sprint covers, MAYBE 5% of its spectrum by area »people.ku.edu/~cinema/wireless/spcs_map.html The FCC is a sellout. Time to reauction all the spectrum that DOESN'T have transmitters in it, or allow whitespace in PCS spectrum. You'll see 1000s of towers fly up overnight if the PCS carriers were given an ultimatum.
We've been lobbying for 700mhz whitespace for so long I have forgotten. Do not even get me started on how each and every major carrier fights tooth and nail to make sure whitespace anything will never happen. They've been complaining this entire time that it would cause them too much interference and they would not be able to operate if these devices were allowed.
I know there may be "some" valid point to this, but the major players also paid handsomely for their bits and pieces of the 700's at auction. They haven't even rolled anything past testing themselves. But yet they have fought and argued since whitespace became such a common idea. Squashing innovation is more like it... approximately 10 years or better of dog eat dog and only the big will survive.
Microsoft and Google, right off of the top of my hat have tested these networks on their campuses on and off (possibly still on) in the past few years. The technology exists, but few if any are working too hard on it.
They've just gotten around to naming all of the companies that will house databases that will integrate into their plans. The system will use GPS to be area specific, and will get information from the databases on channel availabilities and such for friendly operation with licensed carriers in the area.
Some hardware exists, databases yet to be made -- already been waiting years... seems like it will be a little while longer.
Unless any PTP equipment were to be given experimental licenses. I've heard rumors that there were some PTP equipment for site to site links in the works. I'll keep my fingers crossed they make the cut. I've run across some cheap looking stuff on the wild Internet, so cheap I would never think of buying it. I would be afraid it would be a re-engineered radio rigged half wavelength to it's original intended purpose. Not to mention it would probably have the FCC pulling up in your drive hunting the emitter, once turned on for a few days.
I have not understood everything yet, will be nice to get some good wireless networking gear FINALLY, however it all works out.
Now we just need to remind the Bells, in the late 80's early 90's, they promoted their butt's off about fiber optics and that they were running them everywhere and would be there to see us to where the light could take us. HA! I remember them running it overhead and digging up everywhere in between during this time. The fiber was laid, it's there, lit more than likely... but where is my connection to my home? Everyone in 1996 got mad! By 2000 - 2002, they were in positions to fight back on 1996. They've been wrapped up the past ten years undoing all of that....and I still have not gotten that connection of FTTH.
Let's not forget the hard times everyone is going through for the past few years too. There simply has not been much spent towards getting us fast connections, wired or wireless and we have been headed down that course for way too long! Sure some technologies we do have are OK, but they are long past showing their ill's and have long needed overhauling. Maybe everyone should revolt... no, bad idea.