FCC: Spectrum Crunch Looming Sooner than Thought
The Federal Communications Commission today published a report called "Mobile Broadband: The Benefits of Additional Spectrum." In the report, the FCC provides an analysis of the current spectrum availability and how that is likely to be affected by the growing of wireless broadband by smartphones and other similar devices. The FCC concluded that the spectrum deficit will reach 300MHz within the next five years due to a 35 times increase in demand for mobile broadband. The FCC believes that growth and demand will outstrip technology's ability to keep pace. Last, the FCC thinks the spectrum shortfall will increase the value of spectrum by $120 billion. As it stands, the National Broadband plan has called for 500MHz of spectrum to be made available within 10 years, and 300MHz of it within five years. The FCC notes that, because it generally takes between six and 13 years to make spectrum available, the government needs to enact steps to free up the necessary spectrum sooner.
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