Article: Open Spectrum – ACM Queue

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Open Spectrum – ACM Queue

Just as open standards and open software rocked the networking and computing industry, open spectrum is poised to be a disruptive force in the use of radio spectrum for communications. At the same time, open spectrum will be a major element that helps continue the Internet’s march to integrate and facilitate all electronic communications with open standards and commodity hardware.

Open spectrum is a collection of new radio technologies. The core concept is that technology and standards can dynamically manage spectrum access (and, thus, spectrum sharing), in place of the current static band allocations through bureaucratic “command and control.”

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Article: Open Spectrum: The New Wireless Paradigm

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Open Spectrum: The New Wireless Paradigm

Almost everything you think you know about spectrum is wrong.

For nearly a century, radio frequency spectrum has been treated as a scarce resource that the government must parcel out through exclusive licenses. Spectrum licensing brought us radio, television, cellular telephones and vital public safety services.

Along the way, the licensing model became an unquestioned paradigm, pervading our views. We simply can’t imagine doing anything else.

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Article: Open Spectrum

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Open Spectrum

For nearly a century, radio frequency spectrum has been treated as a scarce resource that the government must parcel out through exclusive licenses. Licensing may have been the only approach in the 1920s, but it certainly isn’t in the first years of the 21st century. Today’s digital technologies are smart enough to distinguish between signals, allowing users to share the airwaves without exclusive licensing.

Instead of treating spectrum as a scarce physical resource, we could make it available to all as a commons, an approach known as “open spectrum.” By making more efficient use of the spectrum we have, the capacity constraints that limit current wireless voice and data services can effectively be removed.

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