White Paper on Unlicensed Devices and Their Regulatory Issues, Translation into Japanese

Overseas Telecommunications Journal, Spring 2003

48 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2008

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Kenneth R. Carter

Columbia Institute for Tele-Information; CloudFlare; Google, Inc.; WIK - Consult GMBH; Federal Communications Commissio

Ahmed Lahjouji

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Neal McNeil

Government of the United States of America - Office of Plans and Policy


In this paper, we present a survey of the origins of unlicensed wireless devices, their governing regulation, the current technological state of the art, an overview of the market with information from publicly available sources, and an analysis of the potential regulatory issues. Unlicensed wireless devices are permitted to emit radio frequency energy, without specific authorization, registration, or grant of a license. Today, millions of unlicensed devices are already in operation in a multitude of important uses for industry, medicine, government, national defense, and in the homes. The market for unlicensed wireless communications devices is experiencing unprecedented growth into a multi-billion dollar industry - quite striking in light of the severe downturn in the U.S. telecommunications and technology sectors. Unlicensed devices advance the public interest, necessity, and convenience for the American people by enabling applications not possible with wires or that do not require the acquisition of spectrum rights through the licensing process. However, without a forward-looking approach to policy reform addressing the fundamental problem of interference and maintaining these low entry barriers to spectrum, much of the benefit and promise of unlicensed devices may be delayed, or unrealized. We conclude that the effective policy reform includes enabling more unlicensed spectrum and promulgating rules to encourage technological and market-based solutions to optimize efficient use and sharing of spectrum.

Note: Downloadable document is in Japanese.

Keywords: Unlicensed Spectrum, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Part 15 Rules, Wi-Fi

Suggested Citation

Carter, Kenneth R. and Lahjouji, Ahmed and McNeil, Neal, White Paper on Unlicensed Devices and Their Regulatory Issues, Translation into Japanese. Overseas Telecommunications Journal, Spring 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1086943

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