FCC plans to add additional spectrum for mobile broadband

Posted on June 21, 2010

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This is a good thing! The Federal Communications Commission Spectrum Task Force announced a plan to increase value, utilization and investment in mobile satellite service (MSS) bands with the goal of opening up more spectrum for mobile broadband.
One of the FCC’s oldest and most important responsibilities is to develop wireless spectrum policies that stimulate investment and keep pace with innovation, said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in a statement. This Spectrum Task Force initiative, which will kick off with a Commission proceeding in July, will open the door to new opportunities in mobile—new networks, new devices, new competition and new technologies, per the FCC.
“The National Broadband Plan includes the goal of 500 megahertz of spectrum made newly available for mobile broadband within 10 years, with 300 megahertz of that within five years,” said Ruth Milkman, co-chair of the FCC’s Spectrum Task Force, Washington.
“This will promote better utilization of spectrum, all of this with a focus on spectrum for mobile broadband, because demand for mobile broadband is outstripping supply by a large margin,” she said. “We’re hoping this will enable the roll-out of a nationwide 4G network by 2015.

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