Broadband Agenda Means a D.C. Brawl
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With more and more mobile and wireless devices on the market, the wireless spectrum in the U.S. is under increasing pressure and becoming more and more crowded. Something will have to give sooner or later, and if the government doesn't get cracking, Enterprise Networking Planet warns, wireless operators are at risk of their networks buckling under the weight of so many users. But this is Washington D.C. we're talking about. Nothing ever gets done without a fight. So what are the latest moves and machinations in the spectrum fight?
The head of the lobbying arm of the broadcast industry is calling on the White House to put the brakes on efforts to wrest wireless spectrum away from its members for use in new mobile broadband networks.
In a letter to Lawrence Summers, President Obama's top economic advisor, Gordon Smith, the president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), warned against legislative and regulatory proposals that would undercut free, over-the-air television transmissions.