Uncommon Wisdom

Oct 19 2007   1:29AM GMT

WiMAX revolution could be compromised

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

USA Today is reporting that the WiMAX revolution is about to happen, which in one extent we believe is correct. WiMAX is definitely going to be a major force in the market in 2009 and beyond, but it is also likely to be at the cusp of a major issue with broadband wireless, which is how to prevent promiscuous Internet access to content from overloading the service and essentially invalidating its truly useful missions. Broadband wireless in any form is a kind of ultimate shared media, and without some constraints on adverse use by a small number of heavy users, its utility could be compromised or its revenue credibility destroyed. The question of how to mediate use on wireless broadband is more important than the question of how to provide it at the technical level.

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