As a former tech entrepreneur and a co-founder of Nextel, people often assume I know everything there is to know about spectrum. The fact is, I don’t. But what I do know is that esoteric debates about the government’s spectrum policy have a profound effect on innovation.
Let’s face it: Spectrum is a dry topic. Few members of Congress spend much time thinking about it. These days, though, we all spend a lot of time talking about jobs. And every mobile technology and most major startup companies in the last 20 years could not have taken off without the use of spectrum in some form. Groupon uses e-mail to revolutionize bargain shopping. Square has pioneered the use of mobile devices to accept credit card payments. The fact is, the companies that are growing and creating jobs are those companies that successfully leverage technology to create a better consumer experience.
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