Can Wireless Infrastructure Keep Up In Ultra Broadband? Gigabits vs. Megahertz

Presentation, CITI 25th Anniversary International Summit on Media & Communication 2008.  Thomas W. Hazlett, Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University School of Law.

Overview: (1) Yes, It will take Liberal Licenses; broad, exclusive spectrum rights productive; more bandwidth; overlays for reallocations; mobile voice now dominating; (2) What Really Matters in Spectrum Allocation; Hazlett-Muñoz (2008). Can Wireless Compete in UBB? (1) Yes (2) Underestimated in uni-dimensional tech view (3) Mobility highly valuable (4) Competitive networks to robust markets; iPhone v. Blackberry v. Android (5) WiMAX via Clearwire ($30/mo, 4mbps/2mbps) (6) Substitutes for lots of fixed. Global Voice & Data Subscribers; “By the end of 2006, there were a total of nearly 4 billion mobile and fixed-line subscribers and over 1 billion Internet users. This includes 1.27 billion fixed-line subscribers and 2.68 billion mobile subscribers (61 per cent of which are located in developing countries) as well as some 1.13 billion Internet users.” (ITU).

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