COMMENT – So here is part of the problem. (reference the letter <http://www.itic.org/clientuploads/Administration%20NWI%20Fed%20Spectrum.pdf>) It seems as though the notion of a ‘free economy’ is quickly disappearing. Folks WANT the government (Washington) to pick the ‘winners and losers’!? Really!? So let me get the story correct…we need to take spectrum away from (free and wireless over-the-air) television broadcasters (who have defined and real public responsibilities), and give it to virtual monopolists (Verizon/AT&T – who charge everyone increasingly high fees) so that people can access YouTube and Facebook and streaming video services – all of the really important economic motivators and innovators that will bring all Americans economic prosperity? Really? According to ‘the other wireless folks’ in the letter, the National Wireless Initiative (NWI), part of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), equals national solutions for jobs, the economy, and U.S. competitiveness. From the letter:
“300 MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband by 2016 would spur $75 billion in new capital spending, create between 300,000 to 770,000 new jobs, and add $230 billion in GDP.”
The story makes no sense. We need to tell Washington to get out of the way, and let a free economy find the balance. No amount of additional spectrum in the hands of Verizon/AT&T will solve the inherent inadequacies of a unicast system to address the needs for distribution of mass media entertainment content. We have suffered at the hands of greed, but the solution is NOT government control over every aspect of our life. – MisterDTV
Wireless companies are calling on Administration to come up with a plan to free up more government spectrum more quickly to deal with a spectrum crunch they say no amount of spectral efficiency can relieve.
In a letter to President Barack Obama Monday, the heads of CTIA: The Wireless Association, the High Tech Spectrum Coalition, the Information Technology Information Council and the Telecommunications Industry Association said that while getting up to 125 MHz of spectrum from broadcasters was a start, it would not be freed up for some time, and more needed to be done.