revolutionary ideas for spectrum policy

Regulations long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.  For many years, a large area of radio regulation has developed based on a consensus that it predominately concerns technical aspects of radio signal interference.  Few persons are able to contribute to deliberations thus organized.  Yet centuries of conversation and experience have explored, … Continue reading revolutionary ideas for spectrum policy

cost of digital radio sytems for public safety

Just outside of Washington, D.C., Arlington County recently opened a new, state-of-the-art emergency communications center (ECC). The ECC includes a new digital radio system that complies with Project 25. Project 25 defines new standards for interoperability of public safety communication systems. Interoperability is a common issue in the communications industry. Communications standards and universal interoperability … Continue reading cost of digital radio sytems for public safety

What's The Frequency, Kenneth?

I applaud important new research from MIT on the frequency attenuation properties of aluminum foil deflector beanie helmets (AFDBHs). This research concludes: It requires no stretch of the imagination to conclude that the current helmet craze is likely to have been propagated by the Government, possibly with the involvement of the FCC. We hope this … Continue reading What's The Frequency, Kenneth?

secure rights to use radio devices

A lot of ink has been spilled about “defining property rights in radio spectrum.” Unfortunately much of the discussion has lacked sufficient appreciation for physics and for institutions. In “Property Rights in Spectrum: Taking the Next Step,” Dale Hatfield and Phil Weiser discuss some important issues of signal characteristics that have been largely ignored in … Continue reading secure rights to use radio devices