Spectrum Wirless Crunch

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FCC commissioner Julius Genachowski’s comments on the spectrum wireless crunch were interesting to me, if in part because Canada seems to be about 5 years behind the US in recent spectrum auctions. While we in Canada are currently preparing for a likely 2012 auction in the 700 MHz band, the US is starting to increase discussions of even more allotment as part of their National Broadband Plan, identifying 500 MHz by 2020 as necessary to meet connectivity demand.

It’ll be interesting to see how Industry Canada determines to set up our next auction rules and whether they plan to hold any aside for new market entrants, current small market share providers or retain any portion as unlicensed for innovation generation.

Application sent, fingers crossed

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Last week, I sent off my application to the Communication and Culture Program, offered jointly through Ryerson and York Universities. If accepted, I’m looking to start part time studies in September for an MA. The opportunity to study with a lot of smart and interesting researchers would be really exciting and I hope to be accepted.

I started this blog specifically as a resource to help record and share my own self-directed studies in telecommunications policy. It has been useful to help focus my thoughts and my research question, though I’m looking to accelerate the pace this year as I try to strengthen my foundational knowledge in the field.

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