Larry Downes: “Ligado Is Ready To Launch A New Mobile Network. Will The FCC Let Them?” (Forbes)
When a new mobile service causes interference to another network, who is responsible for correcting the problem? That’s a question that will increasingly make or break emerging industries. With the explosion of wireless applications and technologies, the value of scarce radio frequencies has skyrocketed into the billions. And that means more conflicts at the borders of what is increasingly high-end real estate, even out on the spectrum frontier. The FCC, tasked by Congress with resolving interference disputes, has managed to avoid deciding most cases simply by waiting for the parties to work out their issues privately.