Wednesday, 22nd February 2012
The Economic Benefits Of New Spectrum For Wireless Broadband
Source: The White House, Council of Economic Advisers
From the report:
This report describes the substantial economic benefits that will result from making new spectrum available for wireless broadband. Section II summarizes the compelling evidence that the surging demand for wireless data traffic is unlikely to be accommodated without additional spectrum for wireless broadband – the "Spectrum Crunch." Section III discusses the potential for wireless broadband to play a transformative role as a platform for innovation in many areas of the economy, ranging from consumer products to business applications, from health care to education. Section IV describes the critical role that wireless broadband plays in improving public safety communications. Section V summarizes the existing economic literature that seeks to quantify the overall economic impact of innovative information and communication technologies, including wireless broadband. Section VI discusses wireless broadband policies in other countries. Finally, Section VII turns to a brief discussion of two key issues: the benefits of voluntary incentive auctions as a mechanism for repurposing commercially licensed spectrum; and the benefits of allocating spectrum for a mix of licensed and unlicensed uses.
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By Peggy Garvin
Peggy Garvin, of Garvin Information Consulting, is the author of United States Government Internet Directory (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills, 2009 (TheCapitol.Net). In her 20 years in the information business, Peggy has managed electronic information products and services in a variety of environments, including commercial publishing, e-commerce, law firms, and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Peggy's work has been recognized with the 2011 SLA Dow Jones Leadership Award. She has a Masters of Library Science degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies.
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