Freeing Government Spectrum Could Take 10 Years


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From The Article:
It could take more than 10 years to transfer government-held spectrum for commercial use, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration told a House panel.

At a spectrum hearing held Wednesday by the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, NTIA chief Lawrence Strickling said re-allocating a single band can be a “complex and time-consuming challenge” that can “take anywhere from a few years to more than 10 years.”
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Note: Others have noted that even if Congress were to pass legislation authorizing an incentive auction of broadcast spectrum this year it would take 6 or more years to get to a place where the auction could be held. Then the band would have to be repacked and cleared, which would take even more time. So, there is no quick fix for the supposed spectrum crisis other than investing in new infrastructure and technology. Sprint has pointed out that AT&T could increase capacity 600% with no new spectrum, and no new technology. Meanwhile, Steve Perlman of Rearden claims to have come up with technology that could increase capacity 100 times what current technology can handle. (Yes Trip, I know it is still in need of being proven, but I'm being optimistic on this one.)
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