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Wireless

Wireless networks allow users to access telecommunications and the Internet while on the move. The wireless devices operate on the electromagnetic spectrum, which is a finite resource. The allocation and assignment of spectrum, particularly given the burgeoning demand for wireless access to the Internet, poses a unique set of policy decisions for regulators worldwide.

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Disruptions: Internet’s Sad Legacy: No More Secrets

“Just because information is unavailable to you and you don’t see it doesn’t mean that it is not being captured, stored, or even seen by someone else in transit.” — Ed Felten, Professor, Princeton University


Edward Felten
Source: New York Times
December 15, 2013

We’re Using a Ton of Mobile Data. With Google Glass, We’re About to Use a Whole Lot More.

“The iPhone was a game changer in terms of how much data people used. That caused two things: The carriers built out much more capacity . . . and they pushed people to pay for data. I think if Google Glass takes off, two similar things will happen.” — Gregory Rosston, Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research


Gregory L. Rosston
Source: The Washington Post
July 30, 2013

The Patent, Used as a Sword


James Bessen
Source: The New York Times
October 7, 2012

What If You Used Other People to Connect Instead of Verizon or AT&T?


Jonathan Zittrain
Source: America Public Media’s Marketplace
July 5, 2012

Privacy, Please: This Is Only for the Two of Us


Andrea Matwyshyn
Source: The New York Times
June 2, 2012

The New Pay Phone and What It Knows About You


Chris Hoofnagle
Source: The New York Times
April 30, 2012

The Post-Cash, Post-Credit-Card Economy


Alessandro Acquisti
Source: The New York Times
April 28, 2012

Expert Poll: Internet Makes Us Smarter & Stupider


danah boyd
Source: TechNews Daily
February 29, 2012
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Wireless and Mobile Communications

Wireless or “mobile” devices send information one-to-one (like mobile phones), one-to-many (like AM or FM radio), or many-to-many (like Wi-Fi Internet access). Wireless devices send and receive signals along the electromagnetic spectrum in the form of waves similar to visible light or sound.

Featured Article

Using Spectrum Auctions to Enhance Competition in Wireless Services

This paper looks at how regulators can support more competition between different wireless services.

By: Gregory L. Rosston, Peter Cramton, Evan Kwerel, Andrzej (Andy) Skrzypacz