Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Network Capacity Scales with Demand

Recently, I posted a piece on a new patent for an energy device that creates electricity out of thin air. You probably wrote that off as impossible. Well, a good technologist needs to investigate these things and not dismiss them out of hand.

Here's another one. Pundit David Reed argues that with new techology and repeating stations for wireless devices, network capacity actually increases with the number of transmitting stations. Radio waves don't cancel each other out. Our old technology and the way we use the spectrum artificially limits us. In fact, the whole FCC approach to regulating spectrum is a dinosaur based on ignorance of fundamental physics.


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