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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/4736/artificial-scarcity-radio-frequency-edition/

Artificial Scarcity: Radio Frequency Edition

February 26, 2006 by

Tech leaders call for new uses of US radio spectrum:

“Our nation’s wireless needs are too often governed by 1970s regulations that hinder economic progress and innovation,” Edward Zander, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Motorola Inc. and chairman of the council, said in a statement. “We need to re-think our approach to radio spectrum to bring our national policy into the wireless era and ensure that spectrum is available for entrepreneurs, innovators and first responders.”

Radio spectrum is used by a variety of tech devices, including Wi-Fi networks, mobile phones, FM radio and two-way radios. The report, titled “Freeing Our Unused Spectrum,” said “artificial constraints imposed by public policy” are creating unneeded spectrum scarcity.

See also:
- The Spectrum Should Be Private Property
- The Evaporation of the FCC
- Now On The Auction Block


George Gaskell February 27, 2006 at 9:37 am

Yes, we do need to bring our national policy into the wireless era. But didn’t the “wireless era” start 70 or 80 years ago?

Also, if there was ever a phrase that ought to be drummed out of existence, it’s “public policy.” No, public policy is not imposing artificial restraints. The word you are looking for is “government.”

perianwyr February 27, 2006 at 5:22 pm

“Public policy” is a term for “actions of government”. That doesn’t make you any less correct, but it’s a more precise term of art.

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