Spectrum Policy Activism and the Birth of Wi-Fi and Other Innovative Wireless Technologies
Speaker: Michael Marcus
Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302
Date: October 18, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
Host: Ted Rappaport/Dennis Shasha
Wireless technology is more regulated than most engineering areas due to the constraints of government management radio spectrum that began around the time of the *Titanic* disaster a century ago. These early models of spectrum regulation have not always kept up with new technologies and new needs in our societies and economies. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are examples of a technology that came more from "deregulation pull" initiated by FCC than from '"technology push" from the private sector. Indeed when FCC established the basis for Wi-Fi most mainstream players opposed such action. More recent examples of wireless innovation and regulation will also be discussed.
In-person attendance only available to those with active NYU ID cards.