FCC Chair Worries About Spectrum For iPhone And Other Gadgets

Posted by: Tom Lowry on October 25, 2009

During a visit to BusinessWeek on Oct. 23, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski expressed concerns about the available wireless spectrum for broadband devices.

“We’ve been spending time on long-term spectrum policy for the country because there is a spectrum gap that the data suggests that we face,” he told a group of BusinessWeek staffers. “The demands that are being created by the iPhone and other mobile broadband technologies threaten to outstrip the amount of spectrum that’s available for commercial mobile, and it’s important for the country that we get long-term planning right here because it takes time to identify spectrum and put it on the market. We’re looking at potential innovations in spectrum policy, like secondary licensing for spectrum, and other more creative ideas for unlicensed spectrum.”

Genachowski, who has been on the job for three months, addressed a wide range of issues during his visit. Read the full Q & A.

 

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