Bush Administration Proposes Taxing Unlicensed Spectrum (Updated)
Feb 6, 2006, 10:55 PM by (staff)
In its 2007 budget proposal, the Bush Administration has included a vaguely worded proposal to tax unlicensed spectrum. Claiming that service providers are taking advantage of unlicensed spectrum to avoid licensing fees, the item suggests "user fees" on "un-auctioned" spectrum could raise $3.5 billion by 2010. However there is no clarification on what that fee would be or if manufacturers or end users would pay it. Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi operate in unlicensed 2.4 GHz spectrum. Many cordless phones operate in this same band or unlicensed 900 Mhz or 5.8 GHz spectrum. Separately the Bush Administration also predicted spectrum auctions could bring in $25 billion by the end of the decade as well. Update: According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the administration has no intention to tax unlicensed spectrum technologies such as Bluetooth, cordless phones and especially Wi-Fi. Instead the technologies the administration was referring to in their proposal are satellite companies, taxi dispatch services and other industrial uses that have taken advantage of the free bands.
Qualcomm Says First MulteFire Connection a Success
Qualcomm today said it made the world's first over-the-air connection using MulteFire. MulteFire is a new, more advanced version of LTE that uses a technology called listen-before-talk (LBT) to operate on unlicensed spectrum.
T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U
T-Mobile today said it is beginning to upgrade its 4G network with LTE-U this spring. LTE-U allows LTE to operate on the unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band, which is typically reserved for WiFi.
AIRWAVES Act Would Have FCC Auction Off 5G Spectrum
A new bipartisan act proposed by Congressman Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania aims to ensure the licensed and unlicensed spectrum needed for 5G is available. The Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or AIRWAVES Act, explicitly suggests the government free up high-band spectrum via auction in order to lay the groundwork for 5G.
FCC Weighing Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry concerning new spectrum bands it is eying for potential 5G deployments. Until today, the FCC has targeted 5G deployments in spectrum below the 3.7 GHz band and above the 24 GHz band.
You guys are nuts.
Maybe rich and eric would be better off changing the title to Government and deleting all your threads, because your all nuts, left and right, and this is comming from a left wing nut.
Left wing you ...
Bush = AntiChrist
You know he had wet dreams being called "King George"
When that happens I will turn in my visa and go home to a reasonable monarchy. Her Majesty at least has some sence.
If your communications go through unlicensed routers, he can't snoop, right?
Everything good must end
Does this mean...
tax and spend republicans strike again
Tax and spend republicans, they're killing the nation.
Don't blame me... I didn't vote for him
liberals = anti christ