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FCC: More spectrum crucial to mobile broadband

October 9, 2009

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowksi has outlined what he called his new Mobile Broadband Agenda, for an industry he says could be the key supplier of broadband going forward.

That plan will include reallocating spectrum from other users, and applying network neutrality standards to wireless broadband, though probably with a different standard for network management from that applied to wired networks.

Its four principals include three carrots to the industry and one stick. The carrots include freeing up spectrum, including reallocating it from current users; “removing obstacles” to deployment of 4G broadband; spurring competition; and (the stick): open internet principles, though the chairman said they would take into account differences between wired and wireless broadband.

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