For the first time in six years, the FCC is in the process of auctioning spectrum for commercial wireless services, and other auctions are scheduled to be conducted during the next two years. Commercial operators and consumers may have the most to gain from these endeavors, the revenue generated from the auctions is earmarked to help fund the nationwide public-safety broadband network being built by FirstNet.
Finding a way to monetize the value of excess broadband capacity generated from the nationwide network using 20 MHz of prime contiguous spectrum in the 700 MHz will be a key part of FirstNet’s business plan. One potential method for doing this is dynamic spectrum arbitrage. In a series of videos with IWCE’s Urgent Communications, Rivada Networks CEO Declan Ganley will discuss various components of this approach, allowing interested parties to make their own assessments about the proposal.
Rivada Networks CEO Declan Ganley explains to UC Editor Donny Jackson the fundamentals of dynamic spectrum arbitrage, which he believes can help fund the FirstNet broadband system while delivering a more robust network to first responders when they need it.
FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino issues a statement clarifying the FirstNet position on the role that spectrum arbitrage will play in the FirstNet business model, noting that it will be part of the strategy, “but it’s not our only answer.”
The Radio Club of America, which will conduct its annual technical symposium and awards banquet next week in Orlando, could use financial support from the industry to fund scholarships and other efforts to help young innovators realize their potential.