It's official: White House wants more spectrum for wireless broadband

Ars Technica: "The White House has thrown its weight behind the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to free up 500MHz of broadband for wireless spectrum. President Obama has signed a Presidential Memorandum committing the government to a "sustained effort" to find the licenses and re-purpose them over the next ten years. The National Economic Council's Lawrence Summers is outlining the government's ideas today at the New America Foundation.

The call comes with the requisite "looming spectrum crisis" prose, citing estimates that over the next five years wireless data flow will jump to between 20 and 45 times the total bandwidth used in 2009.

"As the revolution in mobile broadband and related technologies unfolds, the demand for spectrum will continue to increase - leading to increasing fears of a 'spectrum crunch'," the statement says."

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