Tuesday, March 22, 2011
UK Recognizes the Need for More Spectrum and Announces Plans for Its Largest Auction Ever
Everyone has probably heard the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) assertion that there is no spectrum crunch. Many have refuted NAB’s claim, including FCC Chairman Genachowski. Further evidence can be found overseas in the UK, which just announced its plans to hold its largest ever single auction of additional spectrum for mobile services in the UK, equivalent to three quarters of the mobile spectrum in use today. The UK regulator, Ofcom, has come to the same conclusion as the FCC: More mobile spectrum is essential to meet the demands of increasing mobile traffic. If the U.S. doesn’t make additional mobile spectrum available as well, it risks falling behind the UK and other countries in mobile wireless innovation. The U.S. shouldn’t allow that to happen.