Technology Company Coalition Wants More Airwaves for Smartphones, Tablets
December 12, 2012 8:43 AM
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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.”
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Shift already happening?
12/12/2012 3:04:33 PM
Aren't many government agencies already using their cell phones for communication? Why build your own communication network when you can hide your transmissions inside commercial communication systems? IOW, why reinvent the wheel?
Didn't we already see government funding when building the Interstate Highway system? This was to provide rapid movement of troops and materials which became our roadway of commerce.
Again with the Internet which was to keep our lines of communication open for military effectiveness.
An argument is available for a release of radio frequencies to commercial applications which in time of emergency can be trimmed in real time for government agency exclusivity. This is similar to the use of commercial jet aircraft served over to our military in times of war. Cell phone companies could be required to run emergency tests to measure their responsiveness to sudden frequency need by emergency personnel.
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