Feds recommend opening up the nation’s airwaves for shared use


The President’s Council of Advisors on Policy and Technology wants the Obama administration to get aggressive about making more spectrum available for commercial use. It’s not only advising the government double to 1000 MHz the amount of federal spectrum being targeted for new mobile and wireless networks, but also to make a good portion of those airwaves shared.

Such a policy would allow federal agencies to keep using their airwaves, divvying up access at different times and places to commercial users. It’s an ambitious proposal, but it’s one carriers aren’t going to like very much. Carrier trade group CTIA has already expressed skepticism that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s proposal for shared spectrum would work. PCAST’s recommendations are far more sweeping. From the report, which you can find here (pdf):

In just two years, the astonishing growth of mobile information technology–exemplified by smartphones, tablets, and many other devices–has…

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