Good for them! Maori's should be able to own spectrums and
Indians should be able to own casinos, I always say.
Maori Win Wireless Rights
by Kim Griggs
3:00 a.m. 2.Jul.99.PDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The indigenous
Maori people of New Zealand own the fish and the
forests that grow in their homeland. Now they also
own the radio spectrum.
A consultative tribunal on Thursday made public its
ruling in response to the government's effort to halt
a wireless spectrum auction until it could be
determined the aboriginal people should receive a
The government wanted to auction a 20-year right to
manage the radio spectrum in the 2-gigahertz range,
a part of the spectrum sought by wireless
broadband service providers. But the decision to
sell elicited a claim to the ownership of the spectrum
from the New Zealand Maori.