Wireless Spectrum Finder: Telecommunications, Government and Scientific Radio Frequency Allocations in the US from 30 MHz to 300 GHz (Professional Telecommunications)

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9780071375061: Wireless Spectrum Finder: Telecommunications, Government and Scientific Radio Frequency Allocations in the US from 30 MHz to 300 GHz (Professional Telecommunications)

Today's airwaves are prime real estate for anyone selling telecom services. But the public frequencies are not for sale; they are allocated, licensed and regulated by the FCC. Therefore, if your business offers a service that goes out over the airwaves, you'll need engineers, lawyers, license consultants and developers with expertise in "spectrum planning". Informed spectrum planning is the only way to ensure you'll get access to the bands that transmit what you sell, and to guarantee that products you market will be compatible with technology used by your customers. Despite the fact that spectrum planning is baseline information for today's hottest businesses, it remains an esoteric field. All data are in the public domain and available on the Web, but they are widely scattered, often out of date, sometimes contradictory, and written in Federalese. This book cuts through the confusion and deliberate obfuscation to make spectrum planning a much more intuitive exercise. There are 368 bands in the public spectrum, although not all of them have been commercialized yet. For each band, this reference provides the following hard data: scientific definition; allowable uses; licensees and term of license; and applicable regulations in the US and elsewhere. In addition SpectrumGuide offers interpretive aids for each band covered: footnotes on usage from government, international and other sources; business, legal and technical trends analysis affecting the band; pending legislation and issues before the FCC; effective dates of new legislation; and a policy statement from the trade organization or government agency representing users of the band.

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By Editor / Issue 1A / June 2001

Wireless Spectrum Finder has come full circle. It was originally published as SpectrumGuide in hardcopy, then published as an electronic book, and has now reverted back to hardcopy, published by McGraw-Hill. I was permitted to see a review copy of SpectrumGuide, and while it was tremendously useful to have the ability to do keyword searches, I like the book format of WIRELESS SPECTRUM FINDER even better than I liked SpectrumGuide.

WIRELESS SPECTRUM FINDER is an annotated list of the various spectrum allocations in the U.S. In that role, it's extremely valuable to see Kobb's notes on how a particular chunk of spectrum came into use (and often what use it served prior to being reallocated), how it is encumbered, and what "special features" it has. Kobb basically works his way through the spectrum, and handles what could be a dry and dull job with grace and humor. In the sections of particular interest to me, such as 902 - 928 MHz, 2.4 to 2.485 GHz, etc., Kobb does a very credible job of explaining the varying (and at times conflicting) uses of a particular chunk of spectrum. At one point I offered some feedback that Kobb didn't make particular note of the fact that 2.4 - 2.485 GHz was heavily used by ISP's using Part 15 equipment, and that comment was included in the next issue of SpectrumGuide (and was incorporated into WIRELESS SPECTRUM FINDER). Of particular note is that Kobb maintains an online extra list on his web page, www.spectrumfinder.net. This is particularly welcome for a reference book.

From the Back Cover:

'When it comes to making or describing a trail through the FCC rules, Bennett Kobb has `been there' and `done that.''
'James F. Lovette, Director of Strategic Policies at Fantasma Networks


EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR SPECTRUM PLANNING


Wireless Spectrum Finder maps out that prime expanse of virtual real estate, the public airwaves. These are the frequency bands used for all wireless communications from TV broadcasts to cellular phones, wireless Internet to spy satellites, and the many new applications agleam in developers' eyes. Yet information on the properties, availability, and regulation of key radio bands is hard to find and often hard to interpret once found.


You know that spectrum planning is a vastly complicated, high-stakes occupation. If it's yours, life just got easier. In Wireless Spectrum Finder, veteran industry reporter Bennett Z. Kobb brings you:



-Clear, comprehensive coverage of more than 350 bands in the U.S. spectrum

-Exhaustively researched data and analysis of the regulartory, business, legal, and technical factors affecting each band

-Insightful commentary helpful to anyone looking to exploit, change, or influence FCC policy

-Scientific definitions and allowable uses for each band

-Types of licenses and their geographic areas and business ventures

-Straightforward pointers to key sources and proceedings

-Up-to-date FCC terminology and definitions

-Regulatory trends, including FCC deliberations on the use of ultra wide band (UWB), software-defined radio (SDR), and secondary markets in spectrum

-Informed explanations of FCC rules and regulatory powers, including official loopholes


A must-have resource for anyone whose business is radio whether attorney, engineer, consultant, investor, or business developer this book helps you find frequency allocations fast and put them into historical, technical, and regulatory perspective.

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