21 December 2006

Repurposing VHF spectrum

This item points to an upcoming opportunity. As you may already know, the transition from analog to digital television will take place in the coming years. This will entail the release of the current television spectrum in the VHF and UHF bands.

Given the desirable propagation characteristics of the spectrum in this band, what would be the best application for this? Would this be a good "third pipe" wireless technology (perhaps using WiMAX)? How much bandwidth would be required to compete effectively with Comcast, Verizon and AT&T? Should this spectrum be allocated in this way, or should the allocation be "open" so that an auction winner could use it for any application they please?

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