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US proposing to share some "prime spectrum" with carriers

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Some of the biggest wireless carriers in the US have been quite vocal recently about how there needs to be more wireless spectrum made available for consumer use, and now it looks like the US government may start sharing a bit of spectrum. This has been bubbling for a while. Verizon has been very vocal about its need for more spectrum, and AT&T is also willing to spend for more, but Sprint and T-Mobile don't like the money that the bigger carriers are flashing, and the FCC isn't convinced Verizon really needs more spectrum. 

It's a whole big mess, really, and a new report from the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) actually sides with Verizon in it all. The NTIA report agrees with Verizon and AT&T that there simply isn't enough spectrum to cover the growing demand, and there is less and less spectrum that the government can simply abandon and put up for auction. So, the NTIA is proposing "innovative spectrum-sharing techniques", which would take the 1755MHz to 1850MHz block of spectrum and reallocate it for commercial use. 

That block of spectrum is currently used for over 3100 spectrum assignments for the government, including various military assignments. This report was been commissioned by President Obama as part of his goal to find ways to double the amount of commercial spectrum available in the next 10 years. 

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posted on 27 Mar 2012, 15:37

1. NOKIA.8800.ARTE (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


All the best....

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 15:40 4

2. downphoenix (Posts: 2291; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I hope they just figure out some way to "share" the spectrum amongst the carriers, etc instead of just having another auction to sell off spectrum which only Verizon and AT&T will really get to dip in.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 22:14 1

3. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


As long as the government can still function properly , I am all for it.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 00:29

4. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


What ever happened to that spectrum Sprint was holding onto that they were gonna lose if they didn't use it? If that the Wimax or is it something else?

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:38

5. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


This is good. It will allow carriers to offer more generous data packages...either that or stop being so stingy and shady with their current practices.

It will be interesting to see if they actually share the spectrum splitting it between the carriers, or they sell it to the highest bidder.

Wireless data technology is growing at an alarming pace. I just read on PA that Huawei has a 30 Gbps network in the making; it would be a shame if all that tech gets confined to the military simply because the carriers wouldn't have the spectrum to sell it.

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