Should The FCC Be Disbanded?
from the who-needs-it? dept
Some have argued in the past that new technology will make spectrum interference a thing of the past - meaning that spectrum allocation policies won't matter any more. If that's the case, then who needs the FCC? Of course, there are still plenty of spectrum interference issues these days, and an awful lot of legacy issues that would cause problems if spectrum policy was just thrown wide open. Declan McCullough has a somewhat different take on the issue, but comes to the same conclusion that there's no need for the FCC. Instead of just abolishing spectrum allocation, though, he believes it should be entirely privatized, with companies who can buy, own and sell spectrum - and any disputes can be settled in the courts. That sounds great until you remember the years wasted in court fighting over the disputed NextWave spectrum and whether or not it was owned by NextWave, the FCC, or the other carriers the FCC had "resold" it to. What's clear is that we do need a massively overhauled spectrum allocation policy that wasn't created on an "as necessary" basis - but takes into account a much more comprehensive view of what needs to be done with spectrum allocation. The biggest problem with all of this, though, is how to deal with legacy issues - and simply throwing it all open to the courts, will pretty much guarantee that nothing gets done (other than a ridiculous number of lawsuits) for many years.