Artemis leases spectrum from Dish to test pCell technology

Tuesday 24 February 2015 | 09:09 CET | News
Artemis Networks is leasing spectrum from Dish Network in order to test a new wireless networking technology. The start-up said it planned to lease H Block spectrum from Dish for up to two years in order to introduce a wireless internet service in San Francisco. The deal still needs approval from the Federal Communications Commission. Artemis uses an antenna technology called pCell that aims to mitigate cell site congestion. It creates a 'personal cell' for each LTE device at the site, allowing users to avoid interference from multiple other users on the antenna. Customers of the wireless

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Radio spectrum is public property. Like the public highways, the state is allowed to manage it on the public's behalf, but it has no authority to SELL that spectrum to a person or corporation. Dish Network therefore possesses no lawful title to that spectrum: it is simply not theirs to lease in the first place. The very idea is ludicrous; only an ignoramus would be deceived by such a simple trick. (I guess that's why they call the mafia "wise guys.") If municipal governments want to authorize or implement a public mobile data network in the same real or virtual space (with the voters approval) they are technically free to do so at any time, without obtaining permission from Artemis or Dish. While the FCC might disagree, there is still no constitutional authority for the federal government to convey a title for radio spectrum to a private corporation, and the 10th amendment can be construed to prohibit it. Artemis modulation scheme looks valid, but I am not convinced that this can be regarded as a patentable invention. However, with or without a patent, they still have a viable product. If they are the only manufacturing company that is prepared to ship such a product, it might be better for them to cultivate relationships with state & municipal governments, instead of dealing with corrupt corporations that falsely claim to own public property. The incumbent mobile operators are unlikely to switch to a radio transmission scheme that would require them to make antenna placement contracts with thousands of private property owners. But this technology could still be used to create a free public telephone network within a large city, if private property owners independently installed the antenna on their building (and installed mesh networking software on the access points.) There is still a place for the existing mobile operators within this new paradigm, since you still need long distance phone service and mobile internet service. The free public mesh network would simply serve as a neutral zone where mobile users can shop for any internet provider that interfaces with the public mesh. When you turn on your phone, it would present you with a list of available internet providers. If you do not purchase internet service, you could still access local web sites through the free wireless mesh.
guest user @ 16/10/2015 - 01:00

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