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Background: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report today stating that the old policy of clearing spectrum for auction by moving federal users to other bands is not sustainable. The Report recommends that the federal government target 1,000 MHz of spectrum for shared use with the private sector. Building on technologies like Wi-Fi and the new TV white spaces (aka "SuperWi-Fi"), this would make much needed wireless capacity available for commercial use.
The following statement may be attributed to Harold Feld, Senior Vice President:
"Three years ago, Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn urged the federal government to find a more sustainable way to make wireless capacity available to meet the growing demand for everything from streaming video on iPads to electronic meter readers to intelligent refrigerators. Since then, we have worked with federal policy makers to develop policies that will meet our ever growing need for wireless capacity through a combination of sharing technologies and traditional exclusive licenses.
"We are pleased that the PCAST report echoes so many of the conclusions and recommendations urged by Public Knowledge over the last three years. The path to sustainaible spectrum growth must take advantage of our power to innovate and our leadership in open spectrum technologies such as Wi-Fi and Super Wi-Fi. For too long, policymakers and industry lobbyists have quarelled over whether to embrace more exclusive licensing or spectrum sharing as if a gain for one means a loss for the other. We are happy the PCAST report rejects this false choice that has deadlocked our spectrum policy for too long. By embracing sharing while continuing to find clearable spectrum for
auction, we can not only ensure an endless supply of cat videos for our smart phones, but also provide enough open spectrum for technological innovation, job creation, and lower connection prices for consumers."
The PCAST Report can be found here.