Feds To Share Airwaves With Wireless Data Providers2012.03.28 11:19 by Daniela
Tags: Wireless, NTIA
U.S. government agencies could share airwaves with commercial wireless companies to help the mobile providers meet surging demand from smartphones, an Obama administration official said.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) proposed a plan on Tuesday to allow cellphone service providers to begin using the 1755 to 1780 MHz bands of spectrum, which are currently reserved for federal agencies. But clearing the 95MHz chunk of spectrum that the NTIA has been evaluating won't be an easy task. And it could take a decade or longer, plus millions of dollars, to move current government users from this spectrum.
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