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February 13, 2004
Against Spectrum Commons
Stuart Minor Benjamin makes the case.
If spectrum were allocated in parcels of 100 megahertz, or even 200, there would be enough room for five or more competing abundant networks. In light of the benefits of competition, allowing for multiple networks seems to be
the wiser course.
I think that if all it takes is 100 or 200 megahertz to get a decent wireless Internet going, then it will happen faster if a private vendor is able to get hold of that much spectrum. I am not sure, however, that I can picture the scenario with five competing vendors. Consumers are going to want inter-operability. That means that at a minimum different vendors will have to co-operate.
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