London Open Spectrum debate, June 24

I'm debating open spectrum at the iSociety in London, June 24. The event's open to the public. Hope to see some British friends and readers there!

Wireless technologies can revolutionise the way we live and work. But all wireless technologies, from Wi-Fi and 3G to taxi satellite systems and digital radio, need scare radio spectrum to work. And spectrum regulation is in a mess.

The American Government recently announced a high level task force to look into the issue. An emerging consensus argues that restrictive Government allocation of spectrum hampers innovation and lessens competition. Allocation through auctions, the other popular model, is publicly discredited after 3G licenses nearly bankrupted the UK telecoms industry. But what system could take their place? Should spectrum be seen as private or common property? And what will be the social and economic consequences of that decision?