Jan. 10, 2013  |   E-Commerce Times

During a talk on Wednesday at CES 2013, FCC Chairman Julius Genechowski announced a plan to free up a block of unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz band to decrease network congestion in highly trafficked areas. The 5 GHz band is currently used for both federal and non-federal purposes. According to analyst Rob Enderle, because Wi-Fi expansion is a presidential priority, the FCC is likely to do all it can to free up the spectrum.

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge, points out that in addition to showing a commitment to freeing up bandwidth, the FCC is also increasing emphasis on spectrum allocation. Feld also mentions that the commitment to efficiency can lead to a better understanding of the country’s bandwidth resources and help alleviate some of the spectrum crunch.

The Hill // 5:36 PM EST// Mar. 20
Wally Bowen, founder of the nonprofit Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN) in Asheville, NC, calls on the FCC to preserve spectrum for unlicensed use during its upcoming spectrum auctions. More
Light Reading Mobile // 3:52 PM EST// Mar. 7
Richard Thanki highlights the substantial economic value of unlicensed spectrum and its contribution to innovation. 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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