Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

While it seems like this is the year of VoIP, spectrum management should garner just as much attention (if not more) in the long run.
No issue seems to sit more perfectly between the technological/engineering and legal/regulatory spheres than spectrum policy. Yet, my guess is that many of the many "telecom lawyers" still have a certain level of discomfort with some of the technical aspects of their trade, while techno-geeks could care equally as much for the nuances of property law. Fortunately, bright folks out there are thinking and writing about the subject from both sides.

For the uninitiated, the FCC's Spectrum Policy Task Force Report is a good start, but a recent article by Paul Margie picks up where that report leaves off and is a great read. In it, Professor Margie argues that the FCC's legal standard for permissible interference is inconsistent and suggests a Coasian (i.e., resource maximizing) approach to be taken going-forward.

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