public safety

Spectrum policy: A matter of life or death

December 16, 2009: 10:00 AM ET

As airwaves become crowded with apps and chatter, government needs to preserve lanes for public safety and emergencies.

By Bob Hunsberger, CEO, NetMotion Wireless

Hunsberger distinguishes niceties and necessities. Photo: NetMotion Wireless.

I have been active in the wireless industry since the mid 1980s and privileged to witness one of the most transformative periods in the history of modern communications. Wireless technology has advanced in countless ways in recent decades, but there has always been, and will always be, one fundamental truth. Spectrum matters.

There has been a great deal of talk lately about the impact of consumer wireless devices, particularly smart phones, on our mobile networks.  Many of us enjoy using wireless data networks to access video and other bandwidth intensive applications as we go about our day.

There also is concern that these applications will bring networks to their knees.  As we debate the proper allocation of spectrum –essentially the right to transmit signals over electromagnetic wavelengths, and the scarcest resource in wireless technology – it makes sense to consider some of the benefits that mobility brings to us all, and how mobile broadband applications improve our lives in ways that we might not consider. More

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