Spectrum

Spectrum is the invisible infrastructure that enables all wireless connectivity.

  • Why We Care

    To meet the ever increasing demands for connectivity, we need to free up more of the airwaves for commercial wireless use. The FCC has a long and successful history of bringing licensed spectrum to market through auctions. With new FCC spectrum auctions on the horizon, now is the time to accelerate efforts to put more of the airwaves in the pipeline. Technological advances are opening up new swaths of spectrum that we never previously thought would be usable for mobile broadband. To deliver on the promise of 5G, we need an all of the above spectrum strategy that includes low, mid, and high bands.

  • Facts

    • By 2019, the average smartphone will generate 4.0 gigabytes of traffic per month, a nearly five-fold increase from 2014.
    • Growing 30 percent last year to 6.4 billion, the number of connected devices is projected to total nearly 28 billion by 2021.
    • In 2017, spectrum auctions yielded $19.8 billion in revenue, with $7 billion going to the U.S. Treasury for deficit reduction.