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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

What's the Frequency, Jerry?

In the Wall Street Journal, friend Jerry Brito of Mercatus and AFF suggests privatizing the process behind emergency frequency allocations. Brito suggests granting private companies
the opportunity to bid on spectrum already restricted to public safety use. That would allow firms to build national interoperable networks without affecting how much spectrum will be available for commercial use. At the very least, if spectrum now slated for commercial auction must be used, the government should identify an equal amount of existing public safety spectrum that can be auctioned commercially once the new public safety networks are built.
Why's this a good idea? Because competition keeps prices low, improves services, and hertz no one.