ITU: More Spectrum is Essential
I recently responded to the ridiculous claim that there was a “spectrum conspiracy.” In light of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) release on Friday, I find it pure folly. The ITU acknowledges the billions that carriers have invested to expand capacity and notes explosive growth trends. They also find that governments around the world – including the U.S. – face substantial threats of network bottlenecks if they fail to act swiftly to expedite access to more spectrum and rollout of backhaul facilities. ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré observes that: “[r]obust National Broadband Plans that promote extra spectrum and the faster rollout of the fibre networks which are essential to mobile backhaul are vital to support the growing number of data-intensive applications.” The ITU’s findings – which certainly apply in the U.S – validate what CTIA and others have been saying for years and should lay to rest any further “debate” over the need for additional spectrum and other facilities to support the explosive demand for wireless broadband to improve citizens’ lives, boost job growth and the economy, and close the “digital divide.” As Jot noted last week, we have some serious work to do.