It’s August, and much of official Washington soon will be heading to the beaches and mountains to get away from the heat and humidity here in town. I hope that telecommunications and technology policy makers will take with them one suggested piece of excellent Summer reading. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a report last month that should be mandatory reading for anyone involved in helping to set the course of our nation’s technological future. The report, “Powering the Mobile Revolution: Principles of Spectrum Allocation” sounds like pretty dry reading, and, candidly, much of it is. But it also is essential reading if you want a good understanding of what America needs to do to and, as importantly, must not do if we are secure our nation’s wireless future.
Here’s the deal. We have known for years that continued innovation and investment in wireless technologies will require more spectrum. The FCC’s National Broadband Plan released more than two years ago noted that the United States would confront a “looming spectrum crunch” unless 500 MHz of additional spectrum is found in the next ten years. We also know that the most likely, in fact the only feasible, source of additional spectrum is from Federal licensees. Over the past two plus years we have made virtually no progress in identifying Federal users who might be moved from the spectrum they occupy or bands that might be migrated to private sector commercial or non-commercial use.
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