Who Said Spectrum Policy Didn't Matter?
We've been saying for a while that one of the biggest issues ignored by the mainstream media when it comes to wireless broadband is spectrum policy. Spectrum is hugely important, but it seems boring, so very few people write about it. However, there have been a lot of fights (NextWave, anyone?) over spectrum allocation, and it's only going to continue. The latest is that Clearwire (happy with its $900 million investment) is suing a California community college over spectrum it thought it had licensed, but which the college says is in dispute. As Glenn Fleishman notes, when there are billions on the line, expect to see plenty of lawsuits. And, of course, money and time spent on lawsuits tend not to be spent on deploying wireless networks.