Legal Studies and Business Ethics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2010

Publication Source

Northwestern University Law Review

Volume

104

Issue

2

Start Page

613

Last Page

640

Abstract

This article envisions the foundational infrastructure for a true wireless Internet. The domain name system (DNS) for addressing allowed the Internet to scale as a decentralized, loosely-coupled system. A similar system for the wireless communication would allow devices to negotiate frequently assignments and other attributes dynamically. The traditional, static approach to spectrum allocation creates massive inefficiencies, which will become increasingly problematic as wireless demand grows. A DNS for spectrum could be based on the database the Federal Communications Commission recently mandated for devices operating in the “White Spaces” around broadcast television channels. Such an infrastructure would enable rapid growth and innovation in next-generation mobile devices and applications.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017