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.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
FCC Agrees to Open 3.5GHz for Wireless Service
The FCC today voted unanimously to approve a Report and Order that will free up 150MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The idea had been floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last month.
ITU Inches Closer to Defining 5G Spectrum
The International Telecommunications Union recently concluded the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) and moved forward several initiatives meant to allocate spectrum for mobile broadband. The conference, which recorded some 3,300 attendees, covered more than 40 topics across the gambit of wireless services.
T-Mobile, US Cellular Named FCC Incentive Auction Winners
The FCC today marked the official end of the incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The agency said 50 wireless companies bid a cumulative $19.8 billion on some 70 MHz of spectrum that was put on offer by 175 television stations.
FCC Commissioner Wants More Spectrum for WiFi
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel today said the government needs to do a better job of allocating spectrum for unlicensed access, such as WiFi. Rosenworcel, speaking at the State of the Net Conference, emphasized the importance of WiFi and the role it plays in the economy.
? for Cellstudent. . .
Plus the newer technologies WiMax/LTE are supposed to have multiple input/multiple output (MIMO), which is suppose to handle traffic so much better.
I'm just wondering, are cell towers at capacity 24/7/365?
With reguards to high demand for mobile broadband (*real* broadband) are people ?constantly? sending/receiving data to cell towers? The FCC & wireless companies act like there are people transmitting data constantly
Tech nerds unite!