ENGINEERING ALONE IS OFTEN NO SOLUTION

The previous section describes several specific issues where engineering insights would help to inform future policy and regulation. At the same time, it is important not to oversell the extent to which better engineering or understanding of the technology alone can yield solutions. In the end, an engineering analysis depends on a knowledge of possible scenarios and what the acceptable outcomes are. These inform a complex set of business, marketing, and political judgments about value and risk. For example,

  • Engineering alone does not determine whether a service supporting aviation merits greater protection from interference than a service delivering entertainment.

  • The density and the distribution of a constellation of mobile devices (which affect their ability to interfere) cannot be determined fully a priori. They will reflect market and consumer behavior, and moreover they will change over time.



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