As iPhone booms, DOJ calls on FCC to find more wireless spectrum

“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.”

Full article here.

11 Comments

  1. Did you know that the secret code name for the development of the iPhone was Skynet? iPhone is going to take over the world and all human kind, the 2012 is very close, the Mayas predicted.

  2. The Mayan calendar just resets and starts again, it does not explicitly state the end of the world as we know it in 2012 – that’s just wishful thinking.

  3. Fscking lawyers at the DOJ!

    What do they think the FCC does, just go out and make more?

    The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.</i>
    Dick the Barber in Shakespeare’s Henry VI– (Act IV, Scene II).

  4. This sounds like a land grab by the wireless networks. What’s the evidence that they need more spectrum—the fact that ATT can’t manage its network?

    A speed problem is not evidence of a need for more spectrum/capacity.

  5. Are ATT’s network problems really caused by a lack of spectrum? I don’t think so. Aren’t the real causes a lack of cell towers and landline-based “backhaul” capacity?

    From what I’ve read ATT is working feverishly on one issue (improving the backhaul), but news releases about tower expansions are seldom seen. I think this is a problem for ATT.

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