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Spectrum Etiquette: Two Proposals

jleaderPerson was signed in when posted
04:50 PM ET (US)
Hey, reasonnow (/m1), why do you assume that an approach that "has worked for ... every other scarce natural resource for hundreds of years" will work as well for radio spectrum? Why do you assume spectrum is scarce?

Do we use private property rights for air? For navigable waterways? Radio spectrum, like air or ocean water, is all around us. Should the government sell off the air around us, to ensure that it's used more efficiently? Or should we treat it as a commons, with some minimal rules to prevent short-sighted idiots from ruining it for everyone?

I know some people think that property rights would help with air pollution, but air is more like low-frequency radio, in that what you emit in one location can travel around the world and still be perceptible. High-frequency radio is much more limited (at least on the exterior of a spherical globe) in that it generally travels in a more-or-less straight line, and so can't be detected (or cause problems) beyond the horizon.
codecoaterPerson was signed in when posted
09:23 PM ET (US)
I think that going on a mad blogging spree about this conference from a first person perspective with honest anecdotes is kinda unique. Even if it makes it a little painful for some of you who don't know how to navigate, it is worth it in this case. Honestly, the conference was unbelievably exciting. My professor accused me of talking about it like it was a rock concert.
wavingpalmsPerson was signed in when posted
09:01 PM ET (US)
Could it be?

Is it finally over?
schobeauPerson was signed in when posted
05:00 PM ET (US)

Boring discussion makes for bad policy. But there is an alternative. See Revolutionary Ideas for Radio Regulation to find some ideas that everyone understands and can discuss.
jr!Person was signed in when posted
04:43 PM ET (US)
I'm still trying to determine if "A sizable number are wearing snappy suspenders" is be the problem or the solution... If its in plain sight your not going to be popuped to death.
chrise1234567Person was signed in when posted
11:19 AM ET (US)
there is only one wonderful thing in the world and it is the discussion of "WiFi." Stop complaining and bask in the wonderfulness.

Next week: all your favorite posts get lost in page after page of posts detailing cory's attempts to get "whuffie" put into the dictionary.
BuckyrealPerson was signed in when posted
11:04 AM ET (US)
I gotta agree, while interesting, the body of this article should be somewhere else, so those of us with no patience can skip over it more easily. There has been an upward trending in story length lately.
xradiographerPerson was signed in when posted
10:54 AM ET (US)
heck, if we don't like it, we can all go somewhere else, right?

for my part, I find WiFi posts boring but normally I can scroll past them.

Not this week.

kisraelPerson was signed in when posted
10:30 AM ET (US)
Yeah, this is really silly. I think WiFi is a special interest kind of subject, it would be a lot better if there was a tantalizing snippet of text with a link to another posting location for the whole thing.
WootPerson was signed in when posted
05:38 AM ET (US)
Wah! Page lengthening post!
cypherpunksPerson was signed in when posted
02:53 AM ET (US)
Yaaaaawn. I liked boing boing better when it was a Directory of Wonderful Things. What happened to Mark?
reasonnowPerson was signed in when posted
01:17 AM ET (US)
Attempting to avoid the Tragedy of the Commons problem with etiquette and regulation is a farce. It's not scalable or enforcable.
There is a solution that does work everytime, however. It's called private property rights. Has worked for food, fuel and every other scarce natural resource for hundreds of years. It can work with radio spectrum as well - and there wouldn't be any unused frequencies left 'rotting in the fields'

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