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Technology firms want some of the bandwidth allotted to federal agencies

A coalition of technology companies -- including some of the biggest names in the industry such as Apple, Samsung, and Intel -- have drafted a letter to Congress asking for more airwaves to be provided for smartphone and tablet computers.

The FCC is currently working on laws that would allow it to sell off some of the airwaves that TV stations currently own and allow cellular carriers to use the bandwidth. However, the companies believe that more options will be necessary to feed the [mobile] beast.

The coalition said in the letter, "authorizing new spectrum auctions is timely and relevant" with respect to the debate over the fiscal cliff.

The technology companies are urging both Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate technology committees to consider auctioning some the spectrum currently used by federal agencies.

"Now is the time to ensure the incentive auctions are as robust and successful as possible at liberating spectrum. We should also turn our collective attention on ways to reap the economic benefits of underutilized federal spectrum assets," the companies wrote.

The coalition suggests that Congress should offer incentives to federal users to push them into becoming "more efficient, to share with one another, to vacate, or to lease their spectrum." The technology firms also believe that spectrum-efficient technologies will not be able to meet the increasing demand for mobile data, adding, "as technology companies, we joined this debate because policymakers need to know that we cannot simply engineer our way out of this problem.”

Source: The Hill

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By DigitalFreak on 12/12/2012 12:55:34 PM , Rating: 3
Spectrum should be leased, not sold. If a company doesn't use the spectrum it leases within a certain period of time, say a couple of years, it automatically reverts back to the goverment to be leased to someone else. The big carriers are just sitting on unused spectrum right now in order to keep others from entering or expanding the market.

RE: Leased
By DigitalFreak on 12/12/2012 12:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
aka the "Shit or get off the pot" rule

RE: Leased
By Concillian on 12/12/2012 1:55:29 PM , Rating: 2
Not only that, leasing unlocks the true value of the spectrum by opening a revenue stream. I very much like the idea.

RE: Leased
By BifurcatedBoat on 12/12/2012 9:52:04 PM , Rating: 2
It'd be nice if the spectrum was given out by people's choice. You choose who you want your share of the spectrum to go to based on who you want as your wireless provider. They reconfigure based on userbase every so often.

RE: Leased
By emarston on 12/13/2012 7:26:27 AM , Rating: 2
Totally agree. They always want more, yet they aren't even fully utilizing what they have. Leasing sounds like a much more motivating way of encouraging them to fully use what they are authorized to.

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