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How Politics Stalls Wireless Innovation - WSJ, Oct 2017
Some of it is arguable, e.g.
• “LightSquared quickly spent about $4 billion” (it’s been a while since I dug around, but I couldn’t find any evidence in their bankruptcy filing that this much went out the door)
• “the FCC yanked LightSquared’s licenses” (it didn’t yank the license, it withdrew the ATC waiver that was conditional on not causing harmful interference).
• “To use radio spectrum, parties must stay in their lanes” (doesn’t seem to grok how overload works – or maybe he thinks parties have to assume infinite power in adjacent bands, and pay for reductions)

But there’s stuff to agree with, e.g. “the costliest spectrum conflicts emanate from overprotecting old services at the expense of the new.”

Interestingly, he says nothing about auctioning overlays (probably too hard to explain in an op-ed), preferring to ask for Ligado to get a pass, and sending border disputes to arbitration.
Tom-Hazlett  opinion  spectrum  politics  WSJ 
october 2017 by pierredv
“At some point, there will be an end to the FCC” — PolicyTracker, Aug 2017
At some point there will be an end to the FCC and there will be more generic rules. It might take 50 or 100 years to get there. You could shift the FCC into an expert spectrum court to adjudicate on disputes. You could have a registry of what agencies or corporations are on what bandwidth. You can make it a much more regular property ownership model. How do we get there? I haven’t worked out the exact structure and to be honest, I don’t worry about it.
Tom-Hazlett  PolicyTracker 
august 2017 by pierredv
Book review: "The Political Spectrum" by Thomas W. Hazlett — PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter
"US spectrum guru Tom Hazlett, who was the chief economist at US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the early 1990s, has written a spectrum thriller."
books  reviews  Tom-Hazlett  PolicyTracker  spectrum 
july 2017 by pierredv
Obama's misguided plan to connect schools to the Internet - Politico, Tom Hazlett Aug 2016
E-Rate is almost the perfect Washington D.C. program. It hits the hot buttons of education, technology, and good jobs at good wages in one shot and spreads federal monies to vendors and consultants in every corner of the country. And no politician has ever been defeated for public office by touting improved Internet connections at local schools.

But in a large study of students in North Carolina, two colleagues and I recently found that the actual benefits for students—the kids the program is supposed to help—are about zero. In fact, our research found that the E-Rate program marginally hurt student performance rather than helped it.
Tom-Hazlett  Politico  education  E-rate 
october 2016 by pierredv

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