It ain’t all rainbows: the problem of spectrum scarcity

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Allergens: Excerpts from a Princeton term paper, nuts.

In the past year, increasingly extreme language has emerged from Washington, though not from the usual sources. In a briefing for the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Business Board warned of an “impending crisis.”[1] The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently forecasted the “coming spectrum crunch.”[2] Unfortunately, these are not exaggerations. Uncertain, even frightening, best describes the future of the wireless broadband environment in the United States.

Don't need to surf to know those are some serious waves

To be clear—the “mobile broadband” that this paper speaks of refers to the low end of the radio wave spectrum, the “sweet-spot” range of frequencies under 3 or 4 GHz. These waves can penetrate buildings and other solid objects and can cover the kinds of distances that make them extremely valuable for exploitation by a wide variety of technologies.[3] Radar, broadcasting systems and garage door openers are just a few examples of technologies that operate in this range.

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