Spectrum Policy
Spectrum, and specifically, the most efficient and expansive use of this most valuable natural resource, is fundamental to the future of U.S. economic growth, and global competitiveness. United States spectrum policy must also be efficient and flexible as well, so that we can encourage and accommodate new and innovative ways to meet the growing demand for wireless services and applications, and the growing inability - in both licensed and unlicensed bands - to meet that demand.
The efficient use and expanded access to the nation’s spectrum resources is fundamental to the future of U.S. economy and our global competitiveness. In order to determine the most efficient use for this limited resource, a comprehensive inventory of current spectrum allocations must be conducted. These airwaves belong to the American public; therefore, the public has the right to see how the spectrum bands have been allocated, what uses they are serving, and who owns these licenses. This increased transparency is vital to understanding what spectrum is still available and that the licensed spectrum is being used as efficiently as possible. More
The broadband landscape, as it currently exists, includes an extraordinary amount of spectrum that is owned, but largely unused, by broadcasters throughout the country. To address this continually squandered opportunity, the Federal Communications Commission has requested that Congress create legislation that would incentivize broadcasters to voluntarily auction off their unused spectrum. This would, in essence, free large amounts of high quality broadband spectrum for general consumption and innovation, all while helping to reduce the growing federal deficit. With this in mind, spectrum reallocation has become a priority for the Obama administration, just as it has become for the American people. More
Unlicensed spectrum provides a crucial platform for "innovation without permission." This innovation stems from low barriers to entry, the ability to experiment, the deployment of open standards, and the creation of multi-layer competition, all of which allow anyone to bring low-cost products and services to market. The National Broadband Plan recognizes the benefits that flow from unlicensed spectrum, and calls for both continuing to promote the Super WiFi, and freeing up a new contiguous block of unlicensed spectrum. A sound unlicensed spectrum policy is crucial to achieving the nation’s spectrum reform agenda as well as provide a key platform for innovation. More
Rural areas continue to be the most underserved market in terms of wireless reach and innovation. However, the abundance of white spaces in these regions provides a unique opportunity for rural wireless providers to use this unused spectrum to promote coverage through high-capacity service. While the advantages to expanding this expansion remain undisputed, firm action has not been taken as of yet in order to allow the operation of higher powered spectrum in these areas. At present, TV band devices are not permitted to operate at power levels greater than 4 watts EIRP, even though expanding this power limit would pose virtually no threat of interference to current broadcast bands. The delay in the advance of power limits only serves to hinder wireless progress in rural areas of the country. Variable power is already an established and accepted practice in other broadcast realms. Now is the time to make sure that the same principles apply to the mobile communications as well. More
The Wireless Innovation Alliance (WIA) is a broad-based group of innovators, providers, consumer groups, think tanks and education organizations that believe that more efficient use and expanded access to the nation’s spectrum resources are fundamental to the future of U.S. economic policy and global competitiveness, and that we face potential spectrum scarcities in both licensed and unlicensed bands that must be addressed in order for innovation and investment to move forward.
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