White House Wants Better Use of Government Spectrum

Posted by at 11:51 am on June 14, 2013

The Obama Administration signed an order today mandating that federal agencies make more efficient use of the spectrum they own so that it can be shared with consumers.

Obama has for years been seeking ways to free up 500MHz of spectrum that can be turned over to wireless network operators and used for mobile broadband. This latest effort is targeting government use of the country’s airwaves. Sprint and AT&T were quick to laud the Administration’s move.

“Sprint appreciates the steps that President Obama and his Administration have taken today to help ensure that spectrum is used in the most efficient and effective ways possible,” said Vonya B. McCann, senior vice president of Government Affairs at Sprint. “Every day, consumers, businesses, and government are relying more and more on wireless broadband services. A steady supply of new spectrum, along with continued improvements in technology and innovation, are key to providing those services.”

AT&T’s Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs, said, “We commend the White House for recognizing the enormous progress in U.S. broadband deployment, wireless in particular, and for their commitment to meet the need for more spectrum so these investments can continue.” Other wireless network operators have yet to comment publicly.

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