Why Can't FCC Address These Issues?
On October 9, 2007, the European Commission held a workshop in Brussels on interference management - the real basic issue in spectrum policy. Having killed off the "interference temperature" rule making without any conclusions, except that that the topic was controversial, FCC has lost all leadership in the key areas of defining what is interference and how to define the acceptable impact of new services.
The reality of spectrum management is that, despite what incumbents say, every new transmitter since Marconi's second transmitter has had an interference impact on all previous radio systems. The challenge for FCC and other regulators is balancing that impact against the benefit of new services.
I applaud the bold leadership of the European Commission, a former client, in this area and only wish that our FCC could find the courage to discuss these issues.
This article is reprinted from London-based PolicyTracker, Europe's premier spectrum policy newsletter, with kind permission. (Hence the odd spelling.)