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The looming spectrum shortage: A threat to telecom budgets or a scare tactic?

  • TC2 Blog
  • 4/25/2012
  • Dorothy Nederman

The following is a guest post by TC2 Analyst Dorothy Nederman, who is based in Washington, D.C.

Here in Washington, where public policy and private interests clash every day, the big telecom players are adept at framing their own positions as the ones that happen to best serve the public interest. Nowhere is that more evident than in the FCC’s well-publicized concern over an impending spectrum shortage, tagged at up to 275MHz by 2014.

The carriers do not disagree with the FCC’s concern. In fact, they are happy to follow suit and warn that without an increase in the supply of spectrum, your wireless data bill is bound to skyrocket. But is that really inevitable?