FCC warns of looming wireless spectrum shortage2010.11.08 11:04 by Daniela
Keywords: FCC, wireless spectrum
Mobile data traffic in the U.S. will be 35 times higher in 2014 than it was in 2009, leading to a massive wireless spectrum shortage if the government fails to make more available, the Federal Communications Commission said in a paper released last month.
About 42% of U.S. mobile customers now own a smartphone, up from 16% three years ago, and between the first quarter of 2009 and the second quarter of 2010, data use per mobile line grew by 450%, the paper said.
"If we don't act to update our spectrum policies for the 21st century, we're going to run into a wall - a spectrum crunch - that will stifle American innovation and economic growth and cost us the opportunity to lead the world in mobile communications," he warned.
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