Colloquium Details

Spectrum Policy Activism and the Birth of Wi-Fi and Other Innovative Wireless Technologies

Speaker: Michael Marcus

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: October 18, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

Host: Ted Rappaport/Dennis Shasha

Synopsis:

Wireless technology is more regulated than most engineering areas due to the constraints of government management radio spectrum that began around the time of the *Titanic* disaster a century ago. These early models of spectrum regulation have not always kept up with new technologies and new needs in our societies and economies. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are examples of a technology that came more from "deregulation pull" initiated by FCC than from '"technology push" from the private sector. Indeed when FCC established the basis for Wi-Fi most mainstream players opposed such action. More recent examples of wireless innovation and regulation will also be discussed.

Notes:

Refreshments will be offered starting 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the talk.


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