FCC Clarifies the Ask for Wi-Fi Routers

As we explained recently, the FCC is asking for input on regulations for home routers with built-in Wi-Fi. Chief Engineer Julie Knapp has written a blog post clarifying his concerns…

November 13, 2015 5

A Snake in the Briar Patch: Radio Interference

One of the ongoing issues in spectrum policy is the question of “causing interference to others”. It was at the heart of the LightSquared controversy; it’s central to the spectrum…

October 22, 2015 0

Why Spectrum Swaps Serve the Public Interest

A reporter asked me to explain what’s up with the spectrum swap that AT&T and T-Mobile have asked the FCC to let them do. The benefits are pretty simple and…

October 15, 2015 0

Tragedies of the Spectrum Commons

The Wi-Fi vs. LTE-U disagreement continues to rage, despite efforts by both sides to reach a détente. The Wi-Fi Alliance and the LTE-U Forum held an event last Friday on…

October 1, 2015 0

Senate Commerce Committee Spectrum Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee’s Wednesday hearing on spectrum policy highlighted key issues and brought out some workable solutions to the spectrum crunch. In order to advance from 4G to 5G…

July 30, 2015 0

How LTE Unlicensed Actually Works

The issue of LTE Unlicensed is a hot topic in spectrum policy circles, but there’s a lot of confusion about the pros and cons of LTE-U technology. So High Tech…

June 12, 2015 0

No Way to Run a Railroad

Spectrum is valuable, that much is certain. Exactly how valuable it is is a matter for economic analysis at a level that exceeds my knowledge of economics by an enormous…

May 23, 2015 0

Why LTE Unlicensed Outperforms Wi-Fi

The hottest issue in unlicensed wireless spectrum policy is the conflict between Wi-Fi and LTE Unlicensed (“LTE-U”). Some advocates are pressing for restrictions on LTE-U, even going to far as…

May 12, 2015 0

What’s the difference between Wi-Fi and unlicensed spectrum?

Ask the Engineer: What’s the difference between Wi-Fi and unlicensed spectrum? Answer: Wi-Fi is a particular service that uses unlicensed spectrum, but there are others as well. As the FCC…

March 17, 2015 0

A Broader Vision for Wireless 9-1-1

Before working in public policy, I was a Silicon Valley technology developer. When they learn this, people often ask me if I’m frustrated by the slow pace of policy. I…

February 12, 2014 0