Federal Communications Law Journal

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56 Federal Communications Law Journal 287 (2004)


This Article by FCC Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy critiques the continued importance of the World Radiocommunication Conference ("WRC"), and its role in international communications affairs. The Article analyzes the most recent WRC in Geneva, Switzerland from a critical modem perspective. Abernathy explores the accomplishments of the most recent WRCs, while addressing concerns that the WRC process is slow and outdated. First, the Author argues that the WRC provides an international forum to maximize the global harmonization of the radiocommunications spectrum resource. Second, the Author posits that the WRC decision-making process creates technical and operational certainty for new and existing users. Finally, the Author emphasizes the continuing need for WRCs and suggests that the WRC process is essential for sound global spectrum management into the twenty-first century.