The White House has announced a plan to reserve 500 megahertz of
federal and commercial spectrum for use by wireless devices, doubling
the amount of existing spectrum available for wireless access. Here's
what this would change.
- White House Touts Broadband Plan
An official tells Politico's Mike Allen the
plan is meant to "foster investment, economic growth and help create
hundreds of thousands of jobs by meeting the burgeoning demand for
mobile and fixed broadband, other high-value uses and benefits for other
industries. ... It will bring the benefits of wireless broadband and
the opportunities it fosters across the entire country, including rural
- Meeting Growing Demand Ars Technica's Matthew Lasar explains,
"The call comes with the requisite 'looming spectrum crisis' prose,
citing estimates that over the next five years wireless data flow will
jump to between 20 and 45 times the total bandwidth used in 2009. 'As
the revolution in mobile broadband and related technologies unfolds, the
demand for spectrum will continue to increase - leading to increasing
fears of a spectrum crunch', the statement says."
Will Have to Give Up Some Spectrum Engadget's Chris Ziegler writes, "It's
looking more and more like at least some privately-held spectrum is
going to need to be reallocated involuntarily, but there's a lot of
underused and unused airspace out there right now, so it'll be
interesting to see if these guys can comply with the order in a
- Bad News for TV Broadcast The New
York Times' Edward Wyatt notes, "some
aspects could be opposed by television broadcast companies, which will
be asked if they want to give up some of their spectrum for auction.
Cable companies that have invested heavily in wired telecommunications
networks could also lose from the new direction."
- Using Excess
Funds to Build Emergency Broadband Network Politics Daily's Alex Wagner writes, "The White
House is seeking further seeking Congressional approval to use proceeds
from the auction of federal spectrum to upgrade federal agencies'
communications systems and establish a new, 'interoperable wireless
broadband network for public safety.' The aim of this network would be
to ensure better coordination between emergency services across
different jurisdictions, a problem identified in the wake of 9/11."
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