Saturday, October 31, 2009

Communications: Wireless Crisis Foretold: The Gathering Spectrum Storm...and Looming spectrum Drought

Wireless Crisis Foretold: The Gathering Spectrum Storm…and Looming Spectrum Drought

This is more a letter to the FCC than a report per se. But the bottomline is that Big Telecom wants Uncle Sam to  turn over more of the public spectrum to the private profiteers.

Re: Written Ex Parte Communication, GN Docket No. 09-51.

Dear Chairman Genachowski, and Commissioners Copps, McDowell, Clyburn, and Baker:
As the Commission moves forward with the development of a National Broadband Plan,
CTIA – The Wireless Association® (“CTIA”) urges the Commission to use this historic
opportunity to make a bold commitment to our nation’s mobile broadband future. Specifically,
CTIA urges the Commission to commit to identifying and allocating a significant amount of
spectrum – with a goal of at least 800 MHz – for licensed commercial wireless services. While it
is impossible to quantify precisely what amount of additional spectrum would be “future proof,”
such an allocation would be an important step towards meeting rapidly accelerating demand and
maintaining U.S. leadership in the global mobile broadband marketplace.