Colloquium Details

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.


Refreshments will be offered starting 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the talk.

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