“With the Federal Communications Commission racing to finish its report for Congress on broadband access next month, the Department of Justice has called on the FCC to find more spectrum for wireless delivery of broadband,” W. David Gardner reports for InformationWeek.
“In a letter to the FCC submitted Monday, the DOJ’s Antitrust Division seeks to find ways to increase spectrum while maintaining a competitive marketplace,” Gardner reports.
“FCC chairman Julius Genachowski sounded the spectrum scarcity alarm in October when he warned of a looming ‘spectrum crisis,'” Gardner reports. The boom in smartphones, particularly with the iPhone and its 3 billion App Store downloads, is beginning to clog up wireless networks and the crunch is certain to become more acute as consumers flock to smartphones.”
Gardner reports, “The DOJ noted that the average monthly minutes of wireless use has increased from about 100 in 1997 to almost 800 in 2007.”
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