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05.23.2003
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Unlicensed spectrum represents growing market

The FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis (OSP) and Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has released a new white paper on unlicensed spectrum.

The paper created says the FCC, to “stimulate debate,” presents a survey of unlicensed wireless devices, their governing regulation, the current technological state of the art, an overview of the market with information from publicly available sources, and an analysis of the potential regulatory issues.

Called OSP Working Paper No. 39, it’s titled Unlicensed and Unshackled: A Joint OSP-OET White Paper on Unlicensed Devices and Their Regulatory Issues.

The report concludes that much of the benefit and promise of future generations of these devices will depend upon a continued forward-looking approach to policy reform for unlicensed devices. It said that effective policy reform includes enabling more unlicensed spectrum, and continuing to promulgate rules to encourage technological and market-based solutions that optimize sharing, and thus, efficient use of available spectrum.

For more info on the FCC spectrum report visit: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-234738A1.doc.

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