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“Spectrum” refers to the public airwaves that technologies like radios, broadcast television, and mobile phones rely on to function. These public airwaves are overseen by federal agencies, which are responsible for licensing spectrum and optimizing its use to prevent harmful interference.
Many argue that a spectrum “crisis” is imminent—and while it is true that the use of spectrum-reliant technologies is increasing, there are ways to make more efficient uses of spectrum while simultaneously spurring innovation and benefiting the public.
Public Knowledge’s Position
Opening up spectrum for more unlicensed uses and increasing the efficiency of all spectrum uses will greatly benefit competition in wireless broadband, innovation in technology that relies on short-distance radio communication, and even the needs of first-responders, like firefighters and ambulances, who rely on immediate radio communication to save lives.