Wireless Broadband

Bandwidth Squatting

Wireless broadband has the POTENTIAL of allowing true competition, assuming the radio bandwidth isn't all bought up and 'reserved' by corporations just for the sake of controlling it.


If a wireless or broadcast company buys up radio spectrum bandwidth from the FCC, but then doesn't SUBSTANTIALLY USE IT, that bandwidth should be re-auctioned.


In other words, if someone buys up all the VHF spectrum they can, just to prevent ANYONE ELSE from competing against their terrible borderline broadband service, then they should forfeit that excess bandwidth.


Even worse, buying federal bandwidth just to 'sublet' it should not be allowed. The FCC controls the spectrum, not some collection of corporations. Either YOU directly and responsibly provide a service, or YOU step aside and let someone else do something USEFUL with that dead air.



4 votes
Idea No. 236