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FCC Chief Warns CES of Spectrum Crunch

Sifting through the news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and one would naturally assume that this is some kind of golden age for the wireless industry. Carriers are talking about their plans for 4G, and devices makers from across the industry are showcasing new tablets and smartphones, each promising a rich Web experience for users on the go.

But all may not be well in the mobile world. After all, next-generation wireless devices and applications come with heavy bandwidth demands, and wireless networks, for all the hype around 4G, may need substantially more capacity to handle the mobile computing explosion.

That was the message Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, brought to CES, promoting his agency's plans to reallocate spectrum from TV broadcasters to mobile broadband. Datamation has the story.


At the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, vendors from across the tech industry showcased sleek new mobile devices, promising that the latest smartphones and tablets would deliver ever-more-robust mobile computing capabilities.

It was an appropriate setting for the nation's chief telecommunications regulator to issue a sober warning that without an abrupt policy shift, those devices may never deliver the rich Web experience that makes them so appealing.

Read the full story at Datamation:
FCC Boss Takes Spectrum Shortfall Warning to CES