Wireless is the most cost-effective and rapid means to bring broadband access to under-served rural and urban residents. Even after high-capacity Internet access becomes universal, wireless remains as the complementary infrastructure needed to achieve the larger goal of pervasive connectivity. Within a few short years, most Americans are likely to spend more hours each week on mobile than on wired Internet connections. Demand for spectrum will outpace availability under current spectrum man-management policies. Meanwhile, in every… more
Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) Systems are one of the most promising technologies available to increase the range and efficiency of spectrum dependent services. DSA systems locate unused spectrum, and organize their users to operate within the spectrum they have identified. DSA systems ensure no interference to other users by scanning and sensing the environment, as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) NeXt Generation spectrum sharing field tests have established, or through pre-existing knowledge, such as the geolocation database… more
As the U.S. economy and society becomes more and more information-centric and mobile, wireless systems are becoming a major factor in the efficient functioning of our society. Radio spectrum is a key economic input into wireless systems that power our information society and economy and enhance public safety and national security. Since the earliest days of radio regulation in the United States; federal government use of spectrum has been handled independently of other users’ access to spectrum. … more
The time has arrived for the unmet potentials of federal white spaces to receive some well-deserved attention. While many policy analysts have focused on the fate of the 700 MHz auctions, the digital TV transition, and the promise of television white space devices, the best available data suggests that the majority of federal spectrum capacity is left unused (McHenry, 2003; McHenry, 2004) – a situation that has gone largely unexamined. Strategic reuse of this spectrum could help obviate the need… more
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Michael Marcus is a native of Boston and received S.B. and Sc.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. Working at FCC from 1979-2004, he proposed and then directed the development of policies for cutting edge radio technologies such as spread spectrum/CDMA and millimeterwaves. The rules for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and most of the cordless phones sold in the US are one outcome of his early leadership. He had several key roles in the FCC’s Spectrum Policy Task Force. Upon retiring from FCC as Associate Chief for Technology, Office of Engineering and Technology in 2004, he became an independent consultant in radio technology and spectrum policy. Initially based in Paris, France, he is now based in the Washington, DC area and is serving clients throughout the world. He worked in the FCC's Japanese counterpart (now MIC) on an exchange program and has been an advisor to the European Commission. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and has been active in the Federal Communications Bar Association.
In honor of the 25th anniversary year of the FCC's adoption of the rules that created Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, here is the 6/81 Commission meeting discussion that started deliberations in this matter. (FCC archive video)
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