2006-11-13 · in Ideas · 96 words

Everybody complains about how governments handle RF spectrum allocations -- the spectrum sell-offs owing to the death of analogue TV are just the latest example. So perhaps there's a fairer way of doing this: involve the end users of the spectrum, rather than just the regulatory agencies and company lobbyists, and let people vote on how they think the spectrum should be allocated.

I suspect this is a horrible idea for all the reasons democracy usually fails: end users generally aren't very well-informed about what they're actually voting for, and companies can easily influence how people vote.