Declaring that the nation is facing a critical shortage of spectrum for wireless broadband, the Consumer Electronics Association urged the FCC to look for ways of reallocating spectrum for the service. It also submitted a cost-benefit analysis of TV broadcast spectrum.
The Consumer Electronics Association today urged the FCC to review spectrum usage and determine how additional spectrum can be allocated for wireless broadband and other uses.
And to show the way, the CEA submitted a cost-benefit analysis of reallocating the 300 Mhz of TV broadcast spectrum to wireless broadband.
“We are currently facing a crisis in wireless high-speed broadband availability,” said CEO President Gary Shapiro. “We encourage the commission to immediately begin an inventory of spectrum usage. At the same time, it is important to begin developing a model for determining how to identify and reallocate spectrum.”
CEA worked with economist Coleman Bazelon on the broadcast TV study entitled “The Need for Additional Spectrum for Wireless Broadband: The Economic Benefits and Costs of Reallocations.”
“The fact is we need more spectrum to continue to fulfill spiraling consumer demand. We do have swaths of underutilized or inefficiently used spectrum,” said Shapiro. “We must work together to ensure this spectrum crisis does not threaten our national priorities and competitiveness.”