Re: TECH: wireless gets real

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jul 09 2001 - 10:51:43 MDT

Eugene Leitl wrote:
> On Fri, 6 Jul 2001, Brian D Williams wrote:
> > I mentioned what we are talking about and his only comment was "Where
> > are you going to get all the spectrum from?"
> Ultrabroadband doesn't have dedicated spectrum slots. So if you're near,
> you can get the whole side of beef, the more people talking near you the
> louder or the farther you go, the less you get.
> The interesting part, what is going to happen to companies and structures,
> who have used to the idea of spectrum being a scarce resource. (I mean, it
> still is, but it doesn't need no central allocation authority).

Well, it forces spectrum into a spot auction market scenario. Cell
owners will compete in a given area with each other, with your digital
devices negotiating on the spot between competing cell nodes for
spectrum price. The big money will be earned by those investing in areas
that are underserved by cell nodes, with the advantage going to those
who exploit an area first, they will pay off their capital first, and
can afford to underprice newer competitors. When the market matures and
investments are amortized, this behavior will diminish. The good thing
is that the computers can act Bayesian or not according to their
programming. This will encourage customers to demand Bayesian
programming in providers.

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