700 Mhz Spectrum Auction

Kyle Bassett kylebassett at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 23:16:33 CEST 2007

You make such a good point.  Why does a company get to own our airwaves?  It
doesn't make much sense.  Who says it's the government's right to auction
off our airwaves?  Because the companies know how to utilize them better?
Oh yeah, Verizon is great at it...

There is no reason we should have to pay a company to use a cell phone.
Possibly for extraneous services such as faster connections, etc.  I'm just
fed up with it.  I understand paying "rent" for using their towers, but
that's not what's going on here-we are paying to use the frequencies as

(Can you tell my Neo arrived today? heh.)


On 8/1/07, Wolfgang S. Rupprecht <wolfgang.rupprecht+gnus200708 at gmail.com>
> "Harrison Metzger"
> <harrisonmetz at gmail.com> writes:
> > I hope everyone will voice their disappointment to the FCC. I just
> > wrote letters to my sen/rep and the FCC (it felt great lol). ...
> I wonder if any pressure can be put on the FCC to reserve some of the
> "public airwaves" for, you know, the public.  The fact that the free
> WIFI spectrum is only large enough to hold 3 non-overlapping channels
> is disgusting.  Here in this part of Fremont, California those
> channels are so overused it is hard to keep a connection for very long
> due to everyone stepping on each other's signals.  Why can't the
> public have free access to a large percentage of the spectrum.  It
> does belong to us right???
> I would like to see the public get access to some prime frequencies
> that aren't attenuated by 10db for every tree that the signal goes
> through.  The old TV 700Mhz spectrum would be ideal in this regard.
> Of course, this is a pipe dream.  The FCC will sell our airwaves to
> the same folks they always sell our airwaves to -- some oligopoly that
> will make sure the public only gets to use them at 25 cents / minute
> if at all.
> -wolfgang
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