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U.S. Strikes Deals With Canada and Mexico for Spectrum Sharing in Border Areas

The Federal Communications Commission said Monday it had struck deals with both Mexico and Canada to enable the sharing of certain wireless spectrum in border areas.

The deal with Industry Canada calls for the sharing of commercial spectrum in the 700 megahertz band as well as some spectrum in the 800 MHz band, while the deal with Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation is focused solely on the 700 MHz band.

“These arrangements will unleash investment and benefit consumers near the borders by enabling the rollout of 4G wireless broadband service and advanced systems for critical public safety and emergency response communications,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work