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Dear Mr President, please read my blog.
Dear Mr President I have read the “Report to the President; Realising the Full Potential of Government-Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth” which has just been published by the White House. I found a lot to agree with in this report and there are some solid findings with good recommendations but there is also an optimistic assumption that sharing, shuffling and optimising of radio spectrum is going to magically solve the growing problem of wireless data congestion. It proposes a radio spectrum sharing Utopia which looks nice on paper but like all such dreams is unachievable, and if half- baked in its implementation will probably make things worse. The report acknowledges the scarcity of radio spectrum and the growing problem of data capacity “global mobile data more than doubled for the fourth year in a row”, but also says “we can transform the availability of a precious national resource —spectrum—from scarcity to abundance.” Now, unless the US Government has just hired King Midas, that is going to be a bit tricky. Yes you can use it more wisely, as the report suggests, but seriously you cannot turn scarcity into abundance unless you find more of the stuff, and according to the electromagnetic spectrum there is no more radio spectrum we have yet to uncover. The report made clear how important wireless communications is to America’s economy but if you think about it you don’t need more radio spectrum capacity, it is more wireless data capacity you need. Well you’re in luck! I know you’re thinking snake oil salesman but please bear with me. Visible Light Communication (VLC) offers a real alternative to radio based communications. The spectrum is free, plentiful, and the cost of implementation is actually less than equivalent radio technology. This technology also saves a lot of energy, one of your other headaches. If you read my other blog posts you will start to get the idea. Now, I just happen to be in Washington DC in September on some other business. We are both very busy but should both find time in our schedules for a brief chat. The future of the American economy is very important to you, and so is winning that election. I genuinely think I can help you Mr President. Please will you invite me round for a chat? Best Regards Gordon Povey
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