US government used spectrum to be opened up for consumer purposes

US government used spectrum to be opened up for consumer purposes
On Friday, a memorandum was issued by the White House to federal agencies establishing new measure to have the government work with the wireless industry to examine ways to increase spectrum efficiency.

The directive will look at the 500MHz frequency block for purposes of reassigning some of the spectrum bands to be used for wireless broadband.

Next year, the FCC will be auctioning off spectrum in the 600MHz block. While the 500MHz block is not likely to be auctioned off, the memorandum does set aside funding to research spectrum sharing technologies. That research will be spearheaded and funding administered by the National Science Foundation and DARPA.

The goal is to have identified areas within the 500MHz block that can be repurposed for consumer use “within 10 years.”

sources: White House Office of Science and Technology via The Verge

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6 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

US government continues to strike out

2. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Strikeout? The Fed Govt has been working on the comm spectrums for awhile. So if they struckout, there would be issues across the board between CIV and MIL comms. Comms spectrum has been a growing issue lately and you will see GOV and various comms provider working on the spectrum(s).

3. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

? This is a good move. If I understand correctly, the goal is to create a more open network. Hopefully it's more of a mesh network (i.e. an actual network, not something relying solely on cells).

4. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

By more open, you mean easier to monitor and record?

5. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

you can monitor and record anything that is transmitted. you might want to look at the comms spectrum and look at the usage fo each spectrum. it's getting more crowded. if you do not care for being tracked. why don't you forget technology, create several false identities, pay by cash, and keep your money under your box spring.

6. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I was being sarcastic. Or haw about the stupid government actually follow and obey the Constiution, you know, the thing they raised their hand and swore to do. I have to jump through hoops because the elected dictator doesn't believe in my freedom?

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