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What happened while we were talking about Rahm

One of the big mistakes I think people in Washington make is to vastly overrate the importance of political changes and underrate the importance of technological changes. In that spirit, Farhad Manjoo pretty much has me convinced that the most important thing that happened in Washington last week wasn't Rahm Emanuel leaving, but the FCC liberating some "super-WiFi" ready radio spectrum for consumers.

By Ezra Klein  | October 4, 2010; 9:35 AM ET
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"but the FCC liberating some 'super-WiFi' ready radio spectrum for consumers"'

You are, of course, correct, sir. That's orders of magnitudes more important.

Anybody else remember what was going on the DC when the NSFNET was opened to other networks in 1988?

Whatever it was (wasn't Dukakis doing something that year?), probably not as a big a deal as the Internet is today. ;)

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | October 4, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Ezra - that's a terrible article, full of technical errors.

For example, Farhad writes:

"But as a result of a clever broadcasting technique known as "spread spectrum"—in which a device can communicate along a range of radio frequencies, making it less susceptible to interference—tech companies managed to make good use of the garbage bands."

This is totally incorrect. I can't think of a single system that sells in large quantities that uses those bands and makes use of spread spectrum.

As for Super Wi-Fi - you simply don't have enough free bandwidth to accommodate very many users. You are not going to blanket an entire city with one router.

Posted by: mdg1111 | October 4, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Chicago deserves better then anti-union, anti-welfare, pro-corporate, pro death-penalty, all around underhanded, Rahm Emanuel
http://sherrytalksback.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/rahm-emanuel-fk-off/

Posted by: bjsilverman | October 5, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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