Obama backs FCC plan to free 500MHz of spectrum

Nicole McCormick
29 Jun 2010
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US president Barack Obama has endorsed the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to almost double the spectrum available for broadband services.

Obama’s spectrum plan largely mirrors the FCC’s own national broadband plan, released in March, to free up 500MHz of spectrum for broadband over the next ten years.

The White House plans to entice TV stations and government to hand back unused spectrum or relocate to new spectrum bands.

The government hopes to identify some spectrum by October 1 that can be reallocated within five years, Obama said in a presidential memorandum.

“Few technological developments hold as much potential to enhance America's economic competitiveness, create jobs, and improve the quality of our lives as wireless high-speed access to the internet,” it said.

Controversially, the government plans to seek Congressional approval for the FCC to share auction proceeds with TV networks that voluntarily give up 120MHz of spectrum, reportsPC World.

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