FCC to Share 3.5GHz Band to Releive Mobile Gridlock


To ease traffic jam in the nation’s airwaves, the FCC will soon open the airwaves currently reserved for the Defense Department to civilian smartphones and tablet computers.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said at the Brookings Institution on Monday that he would ask fellow commissioners to approve the idea for a set of frequencies he called the “innovation band.” It is possible that within the next 18 months, the 3.5 GHz band could be shared between the Defense Department and the public.

 In 2012, a presidential advisory panel has already called for letting devices use unoccupied spectrum. President Barack Obama has also called for more frequencies for mobile devices as use of gadgets has grown.

“We are now in the midst of the fourth great network revolution — the wireless connectivity of miniature computing devices,” Wheeler said. “In the preceding three revolutions — the printing press, steam railroad, and magnetic telegraph — we can view circumstances similar to the challenges we face today.”

I hope this added bandwidth will ease congestion in crowded cities and allow for faster speeds on next generation devices. What do you think?

Via Bloomberg

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