I wouldn’t exactly say that a political battle is brewing per se around the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rule making on opening spectrum use beyond 24 gigahertz but some interested parties would like to see the Commission open up this portion of the electromagnetic wave opened up to more technology than just mobile wireless.
For example, the Consumer Electronics Association wants the Commission not to focus solely on mobile broadband but on a wider range of services. Harold Furchgott-Roth in a piece for Forbes argues that the Commission should allow for flexibility in spectrum use by not limiting the type of technology that can be developed and commercialized in the high frequency bands. Like CEA, Mr. Furchgott-Roth believes just limiting the 24 GHz to 39 GHz to mobile broadband would be a waste of spectrum’s final frontier.
During the comment period on the Commission’s proposed rules we may get a better view as to how the private sector wants the spectrum real estate developed. From an entrepreneurial and investor perspective, Mr. Furchgott-Roth and the CEA make good arguments. Can the markets afford a restriction on innovation in the high-frequency space where the Commission for the most part limits use of this spectrum to mobile wireless?