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spectrum scarcity


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The conception of radio frequencies as a finite and limited resource that needs to be managed carefully. The part of the electromagnetic spectrum that is suitable as a transmission medium constitutes only a narrow band of frequencies. These must be shared among the military, the emergency services, as well as the radio and television services. Consequently, in the UK, it was seen as imperative that the licensing of these frequencies should be subject to government regulation and control lest the transmission of radio signals fell into a ‘chaos of the ether’. See also public service broadcasting.

Subjects: Media Studies.


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