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ers, wireless applications like Wi-Fi,
broadcasters, and other services operate
below 6 GHz, and this region is nearly
saturated. Nevertheless, there remain
some slivers of spectrum in this region
that could be reallocated to serve wireless applications. Their current owners
would obviously have to move elsewhere, sometimes at enormous cost and

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is, propagation conditions vary with
frequency, which makes a given band
either better or less suited for a specific
application.
For wireless carriers, the region between VHF and 1 GHz is the most viable,
as signals propagate further and more
effectively at these frequencies than
higher ones. Nearly all wireless carri-

always with difficulty. DOD owns some
of this “spectrum candy”.
As America’s defender, it is reasonable to assume that DOD would receive
preferential treatment in retaining its
spectrum, but it usually doesn’t unless it can prove that National security
is at stake. This card has been played
so many times that it is wearing thin.
The DOD owns so much spectrum, and
uses less than 10 percent of it, so making a convincing case for maintaining
the status quo is becoming more difficult. Legislators, always conscious of
the “public interest,” realize that loyal
customers make happy voters, so DOD
often gets short shrift when conflicts
occur and wireless companies seek more
spectrum. DOD has fended off many
challenges over the years, the most recent being the sad case of LightSquared,
which embodies all of the onerous elements that make effective spectrum
management essential.
LightSquared is a company created
by Harbinger Capital Partners founder Philip Falcone, whose goal was to
bring high-speed broadband service us-

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From The President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
The Spectrum Management Challenge: Creating Order From Chaos
Technology Survey: ELINT Receivers
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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