I would much rather see the FCC spend its free time on the spectrum problem than fooling around with Title II. But that takes the agency focusing more on what the country needs and less on its institutional self-esteem. That’s harsh, but it’s consistent with what’s actually happening in 2023
In both 5G coexistence and support for our allies, the Pentagon should focus more on the immediate goal and less on tactics. Despite its penchant for debate, the Pentagon has little relevant experience in either field.
Sharing by denial of service and allocating spectrum in the interest of anti-competitive industries doesn’t make the US more safe and secure. But improving technology, revising policy to promote innovation, and setting high but realistic goals does. The brightest lights in DoD have illuminated the path to success. Reducing DoD’s appetite for dedicated spectrum is step one.
The quest for “principles evident in the operation of actual high-demand, high-performance, and high-efficiency wireless networks and in the trajectory of near-term spectrum research and development” continues.
Spectrum policy needs to be guided by the realities of network engineering rather than the desires of network incumbents to protect legacy business models from competition from wireless upstarts. Spectrum policy need not be a team sport.