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Carriers Want the Gov to Clear All Spectrum Below 3GHz

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Jul 28, 2011, 3:03 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The CTIA wireless association and a handful of the country's largest wireless network providers have sent a letter to President Obama asking that he have the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) clear the government's unused and underused paired and internationally-harmonized spectrum bands below 3GHz. The NITA oversees the U.S.'s spectrum assets. The letter was signed by the CEOs of AT&T, Cellcom, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. They believe the move is necessary in order to free up the spectrum needed to meet the growing demand for wireless broadband services. The carriers would then buy the spectrum from the government at auction, which the CTIA says will raise billions of dollars in proceeds for the U.S. government.


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Jul 29, 2011, 1:28 PM

Translation: Carriers want to MONETIZE all usage of 3Ghz and below...

what a surprise that the wireless carriers want to commercialize and monetize the usage of ALL spectrum below 3Ghz... that's a laugh...

no more TV, FM and AM radio, WiFi, bluetooth, CB, ham radio, GPS, etc, etc... all that would need to move... really???
This is not something that I can see happening. With the current amazing saturation of 2.4 Ghz devices, not to mention that 2.4 Ghz phones still exist, 900mhz phones still exist, and Xbox 360 controlers communicate over 2.4 Ghz too. All of these dev...

Jul 28, 2011, 4:39 PM


Any engineers care to throw their input here? Is the spectrum above 3Ghz worthwhile enough for TV, GPS, Microwaves, Radio, etc?

Heck, do they even use anything below 3Ghz right now?
WiMAX can broadcast over 3.5 GHz, as far as I know. Wasnt that specrum used for old style TVs with Bunny-Ears that had dials for UHF and VHF?
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