All Eyes On Washington As Data Usage, Spectrum Capacity Increase
Smartphones and tablets have transformed the way we stay connected. As we continue to upload, download and access information from our mobile devices, the amount of data used will only increase. By 2015, U.S. mobile data traffic alone is expected to be twice the volume of all Internet traffic in 2005. However, spectrum capacity in America is estimated to be at 80 percent, 15 percent over the global average. In order to support the projected surge in mobile traffic, more spectrum needs to be allocated for commercial use by wireless providers.
A portion of the payroll tax bill in Congress looks to solve the spectrum crunch in America by making additional spectrum available for wireless carriers, including re-purposing some broadcast spectrum for mobile broadband. Late Wednesday, House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on spectrum to be used as a pay-for to extend the payroll tax cut extension. The payroll package is expected to be approved by the House and Senate on Friday.
A future where business, education and entertainment are accessed in a mobile marketplace is inevitable. Providing the necessary tools to ensure innovation will thrive is crucial for the wireless sector.
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