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The European Commission has proposed requiring member countries to sell off TV frequencies by 2013, and allow wireless broadband elsewhere by 2012. The proposal is based on Europe's commitment to broadband for all by 2013, and 30Mb/s by 2020. It serves to prod countries lagging behind on that schedule, which could be backed up …

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When you consider the RF technology people carry in their palms ...

it really boggles the mind.

Multi-wideband transmitters and receivers coexisting in close proximity, yet able to handle high-speed digital transmission.

Meanwhile, at your nearby airport, aircraft still rely on VHF-AM (amplitude modulation) whilst pilots tool around in multi-million people carriers.

As the Insane Posse Clowns sang in "Miracles" < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-agl0pOQfs > F--king Miracles!

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multi-million people carriers

But check-in takes forever!

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Yea, but if all you have is a weak signal...

...you can still make out a bit of the analogue AM signal, where a digital one would break up completely. And it carries a lot longer than UHF.

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Coat

Not another slice of spectrum to be sold?

These govs just cannot manage to get their snouts oot the trough can they? Hopefully many have wised up after that ridiculous mega con 3G guff when mobile phone service providers auctioned themselves up to bleeding eyes level 10! I'll offer a $1 for your spectrum license you pig oafs and I hope every other fecker on the planet offers a $1 as well. Ooh no, nearly flaming, sorry, must go now...

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Boffin

why is the EC^HU doing this?

does the lack of spectrum cause problems with international trade?

or is it large corporates trying to bypass national governments?

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License exempt

If they really wanted to improve broadband access, they would provide some useful chunks of spectrum for license free use. This would help reduce the costs to a level where providers would then consider providing service to areas currently not worthwhile and/or individuals and small communities could organise their own links.

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