Mobile Future

Spectrum Imperative: Mobile Broadband Spectrum and its Impacts for U.S. Consumers and the Economy

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This report analyzes the consequences of failing to make new spectrum available in the marketplace and discusses how spectrum relates to network capacity, how applications and devices create heavy data traffic, and the resulting spectrum shortage once available capacity has been consumed. Wireless technology expert Peter Rysavy concludes that a widespread spectrum shortage would cause unpredictable network service and unreliable performance for consumers at potentially higher connectivity costs. This could be particularly detrimental to minorities and low-income Americans who primarily rely on their mobile phones to access the Internet.