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President Barack Obama has inserted authorization for his long desired wireless spectrum auction into American Jobs Act.  (Source: Newscom)

The auction would allow TV broadcasters to sell unused spectrum to wireless carriers, splitting the profits with the government. Wireless carriers could then use the spectrum to speed up smart phone connections.  (Source: Backpack Tactics)

The government would use its earnings to create an emergency broadcast Wi-Fi network to be used by firefighters and police during emergencies.  (Source: Corbis)
Spectrum sale would eventually boost 4G speeds and coverage, fund a national emergency Wi-Fi network





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RE: Who's getting this contract?
By DanNeely on 9/14/2011 2:41:43 PM , Rating: 2
You mean like how Verizon can't sell a 700mhz LTE device for <$1000?


RE: Who's getting this contract?
By MrTeal on 9/14/2011 3:58:16 PM , Rating: 2
The article specifically said that this would be a WiFi system operating at 700MHz. Unless I'm mistaken, no 802.11 equipment operates in that frequency band. Hence, you couldn't build this system using COTS equipment.


RE: Who's getting this contract?
By DanNeely on 9/14/2011 5:00:05 PM , Rating: 2
I'm assuming that's just poor reporting (again); and that it's the same basic idea that they tried to sell in the last 700MHZ auction: a 4G service where emergency responders get priority over anyone else using the bandwidth, with the exception that as a dedicated govt funded network there won't be consumer devices sharing it.


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