The wireless giant says the the FCC and the NTIA should consider reallocating spectrum, including TV channels, to wireless broadband so that there will be a sufficient amount to meet the rising demand.
Certain that the demand for wireless broadband spectrum will outstrip supply, AT&T called on the federal government to determine whether additional spectrum, including that now used by TV stations, should be shifted to wireless broadband.
In comments filed today at the FCC, the wireless giant says the need for additional wireless broadband spectrum has been thoroughly documented.
“In light of the challenges posed by the spectrum shortage, AT&T has advocated that the commission, in cooperation with NTIA, engage in a comprehensive reexamination of all spectrum bands between 450 MHz and 4 GHz in order to identify potential candidates for reallocation to wireless broadband uses,” it says.
“In such regards, the spectrum currently allocated for television broadcast is clearly technically suited for mobile broadband use.”
The FCC has launched an inquiry into improving broadband access to the Internet. And reallocating TV spectrum for wireless broadband is among the options being explored.
AT& T also argues that the social benefits of mobile broadband technology are “numerous and far reaching.”
Developments in wireless technology will revolutionize the health care and education systems in the U.S., it says.
But in order to recognize the “full potential social and economic benefits of mobile broadband deployment, significant amounts of additional contiguous spectrum are required.”
AT&T also says it is doing its part as a mobile service provider to achieve important public safety and homeland security objectives.
“Mobile providers have begin substantial modifications to their networks in order to develop and deploy the Commercial Mobile Alerting System (CMAS) which will enable carriers to provide timely, localized emergency alerts to all Americans, regardless of whether they are near a television, radio, or other mass communications device.”