A House Energy and Commerce panel recently approved legislation calling for an inventory of the nation’s airwaves, in an effort to identify how airwaves are being used, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.
This is an important step toward identifying unused spectrum, which may be freed up or auctioned off to increase wireless spectrum.
“Additional spectrum for wireless services will be needed and will be needed soon,” said Rep. Rick Boucher (D., Va.), chairman of the House subcommittee. An inventory of the nation’s airwaves would be helpful in “revealing areas where relocations could occur or where spectrum sharing could be feasible,” he said.
We are encouraged by these efforts to begin addressing our nation’s looming spectrum crisis and hope that Congress will continue to work quickly in passing this important bi-partisan legislation.
You can read the WSJ article here.