Computer Science Colloquium

Spectrum Policy Activism and the Birth of Wi-Fi and Other Innovative Wireless Technologies

Michael Marcus,

October 18, 2013 11:30AM
Warren Weaver Hall, 1302
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012

Fall 2013 Colloquia Calendar


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.

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