Is a public access wireless network on the horizon?

Wired looks at the upcoming spectrum auctions where new group Frontline is proposing to build a public access network that would double as a national public safety network if necessary. Public access would allow anyone to lease it without restrictions (competition!) and allow any conceivable device to connect.

The spectrum itself is low frequency UHF (TV has to vacate it) and provides much better coverage and range than current Wi-Fi spectrum. This means networks can be built cheaper because of fewer access points. Rural areas could benefit significantly.

Of course the incumbents see heavy-handed government regulations at play here that could harm what they see as the current competitive climate of maybe three choices in major urban areas and no choices but satellite in rural areas. They would like to keep all this spectrum for themselves.

This could be the last spectrum auction in a while, at least for wireless spectrum.

Read the article: It's Silicon Valley vs. Telcos in Battle for Wireless Spectrum


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