Twitters! And Getting Rid of those Red Phones.

The US rankings in broadband speed, price, adoption rates, and quality are lagging behind former Soviet Republics. But no more, “We are now beginning the next transformation in information technology: the wireless broadband revolution.”  We’ll all be opening a Twitters (sic) account and tossing out the old red phone. In order to accommodate the 3 million iPads sold in 80 days and the proliferation of products such as smartphones, laptop internet connections, and new wireless devices such as Cisco’s coming Cius tablet computer running on Google’s Android OS, the amount of bandwidth available on the  airwaves will almost be doubled.


President Obama’s initiative to unleash a wireless broadband revolution is welcome news. “This initiative will catalyze private-sector investment, contribute to economic growth, and help to create hundreds of thousands of jobs,” stated Lawrence Summers, Obama’s director of the National Economic Council., and would nearly double the available amount of bandwidth for wireless broadband, from today’s 547 megahertz to about 1,000 megahertz. Wireless access is understood to be critical for the US to be competitive in technological innovation and to continue to develop “21st-century jobs”.

Some interesting numbers being estimated:

  • Over the next five years, analysts predict a 40-fold increase in mobile secure data use.
  • GDP can increase $7 to $10 for every dollar invested in mobile wireless broadband networks.
  • The economic value of mobile wireless broadband is approximately $28 billion per year, and growing.
  • Analysts predict the mobile application store will become a $30 billion industry by 2013.
  • Combined mobile wireless voice and broadband productivity gains are estimated to reach $427 billion annually by 2016.

Wide support for the plan:

“Expanding access to additional spectrum is essential to ensuring that America stays on the cutting edge of mobile broadband deployment and satisfies consumers’ fast-growing demand for wireless data,” said Tom Sugrue, vice president for government affairs at T-Mobile USA.

“Spectrum is the oxygen of wireless, and the future of our mobile economy depends on spectrum recovery and smart spectrum policies,” stated FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski .

“This initiative will incite the private sector investment necessary to create valuable jobs and spur economic growth that will strengthen our country while bringing us one step closer to bridging the digital divide that still exists today,” opined The Alliance for Digital Equality.

 “At their root, these initiatives involve the government acting as a catalyst for private sector investments and growth,” Summers said. “Opening up spectrum will create the foundation for new private sector investment and economic activity – in mobile broadband and a range of other high-value uses – that would not have been possible without the coordinating and organizing role of government.”

Public Infrastructure Support

Bandwidth auction proceeds may also be used to reduce the budget deficit and support infrastructure initiatives, including a Smart Grid, an interoperable wireless public safety network, high speed rail systems, and the Next Generation Air Transportation System in which the ground-based system of air traffic control is transformed into a satellite system.

White House Press Release: “Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution June 28, 2010”

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