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White House wants 500MHz of “new” spectrum for wireless broadband

The White House wants to add to the USA’s wireless broadband spectrum by offering up/re-allocating 500MHz of spectrum for new usage. The official press release spells out the President’s 4 point plan. The goals are to:

1. Identify and plan for the release of 500 MHz of spectrum
2. Provide the tools needed to effectively reallocate spectrum
3. Enable spectrum to be put to its highest value uses
4. Use the auction proceeds to promote public safety, job-creating infrastructure investment and deficit reduction.

More wireless broadband spectrum is largely a good thing. Expect some drama though if the feds start talking about using eminent domain as a way to “release” the spectrum in question.