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Technology Stocks : The *NEW* Frank Coluccio Technology Forum

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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (30994)8/16/2009 8:52:12 AM
From: Peter Ecclesine   of 46820
>>I was reminded by your message about how the regs seemingly (if not in fact) conspired with the incumbents, for all of the years you accounted for, to constrain alternative forms of wireless communications, conceding only in a scant few areas, albeit where monopolists already had a hand-up in the process, or in some very limited "pioneering" types of spectrum awards that were granted in support of multimedia distribution innovations. <<

You slip into LMDS slop, the spectrum involved determined the outcome.

ftth's post reminded me of Craig McCaw's Celluar, not attempts to do cellular without mobile spectrum.

The regulators are charged with creating something out of what is possible, and incumbents continually educate them on what is possible.

In 1997 the U-PCS (47 CFR 15.231) band was give the chance to become a wireless PBX, and the technology wasn't good enough for cordless phones, much less a wireless PBX.

In 2003 FCC OET thought ultrawideband could work with very low power per MHz, turns out they were off by ~6 dB, and lots of effort and money went down the gurgler.

Look back at "all" the "pioneering spectrum" awards, and price them by today's technology - Qualcomm's TV channel 55 seems to be the only "winner", and they had to spend another ~$800m to get a nationwide footprint.

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