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Supercommons: Toward a Unified Theory of Wireless Communication
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The federal government has long controlled the allocation and assignment of electromagnetic spectrum, considered the lifeblood of wireless communication. Critics of government spectrum licensing advance two alternatives: exclusive property rights and unlicensed sharing through "spectrum commons." Yet both sides fail to come to grips with an essential point: there is no such thing as spectrum. It is an intellectual construct whose utility is rapidly decreasing as technology develops. Becausedoi:10.2139/ssrn.456020 fatcat:atvjqmoozbb5lpupj63lnb2ace