Relieving the LTE Spectrum Crunch

February 22, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

We’re already spectrum-limited in cities such as New York and San Francisco that are challenging to cover, and LTE apps will ultimately catch up with the supply of bandwidth. The U. S. lags our competitors in total spectrum available for commercial use because our government users have larger appetites. Congress had the opportunity to transfer as much as 200 MHz to auction in its recent spectrum auction authorization bill, but backed down to a figure that will most likely come out in the 50-60 MHz range.

With these technical and political facts at work, it’s unacceptable to allow these 122 licenses to go to waste. The FCC has tools to examine spectrum concentration known as “spectrum screens” that should be applied to the transaction. We believe that conscientious examination will show that the transaction is in the public interest and should go forward.

FCC Working on Device Interoperability Rules, Girding for Another Battle With Verizon, AT&T

Bloomberg BNA
Broadly, the problem for the FCC, is not “selling out the future for the sake of increased competition in the present."

Wireless Bandwidth: Are We Running Out of Room?

ITIF president Rob Atkinson and other experts believe the solution lies in spectrum incentive auctions.

Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s Ministerial Seminar and Investment Partner's Forum

December 8, 2011
| Presentations

On December 8, 2011, Senior Research Fellow Richard Bennett will give the keynote at the Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s Ministerial Seminar and Investment Partner's Forum. This presentation will cover the innovation potential of the mobile Internet and the steps policymakers can take to make it most effective.

Live Different: Susan Crawford's Broadband Blinkers

December 5, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

Susan Crawford's Op-Ed in The New York Times is little more than a snatch-and-grab analysis of American broadband. Apparently motivated more by a desire to reinforce an existing point of view than to understand current developments, the analysis misconstrues major new trends in network adoption, usage, and deployment. Mobile is a supplement to wired broadband, not a second class substitute.

An Endowment for Public Safety Networking

December 1, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

The latest spectrum bill from the House Republicans reverses the old consensus in favor of auctioning the D Block spectrum in order to fund nation-wide mobile broadband services for public safety in favor of simply assigning the D Block to public safety for the same purpose. Depending on the next steps, this could either be a good thing or a bad thing. The decision to assign rather than auction is based on faulty assumptions about the best way to meet public safety needs, but sometimes good things can happen for bad reasons. The public safety lobby insists that they have unique requirements that standards-based commercial networks can’t meet – especially for reliability and security – but also insists that it will embrace the LTE standard for the construction of a new network.

Finite Spectrum, Infinite Demand: Solving the Spectrum Crunch

November 30, 2011 - 8:00am - 10:30am
The Columbus Club at Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue

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