Washington – With a growing number of Americans checking email,
surfing the Internet and watching video on their wireless devices, mobile data
demand is likely to exceed the capacity of available wireless networks in the
near future, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a new report.
By 2014, the FCC expects the nation’s spectrum deficit to reach nearly 300
megahertz, making the need to free up additional spectrum a necessity.
"The explosive growth in mobile communications is outpacing our ability to
keep up," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
"If we don’t act to
update our spectrum policies for the 21st century, we’re going to run into a
wall — a spectrum crunch — that will stifle American innovation and economic
The National Broadband Plan recommends that the FCC make
available 500 MHz of new spectrum for wireless broadband within 10 years,
including 300 MHz within five years.