Growing Our Broadband Resources

To remain a leader in the global economy, and to keep up with burgeoning consumer demand, we must increase access to our nation’s valuable spectrum resources. The Innovation Movement supports forward-thinking spectrum policies that will usher in a new era of broadband for all Americans.

Latest Developments

Policies that support broadband:

  • There is no doubt that our nation is  facing a spectrum shortage crisis. According to CEA market research, about 400 million devices that connect directly to the Internet are sold each year, and hundreds of millions more use spectrum to connect through these devices. Consumer use of wireless is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. The Innovation Movement urges Congress to examine our own government’s use of spectrum and work to ensure that our nation’s resource is being fully and effectively utilized.
  • We need spectrum to be redeployed for wireless broadband to maintain our world leadership in the mobile innovations of today and tomorrow. Voluntary spectrum incentive auctions are a win-win for broadcasters, consumers, wireless broadband and for cutting the deficit.
  • The FCC is exploring innovative spectrum uses. It recently sought comment on proposals for shared access to 3.5 GHz spectrum and hosted a technical workshop. Action in the 3.5 GHz band will serve as a test bed for innovative spectrum access system technologies. CEA applauds the FCC for prioritizing this timely and important initiative.
  • While the FCC works to optimize existing spectrum allocations and auction new spectrum identified by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the White House is doing its part to identify even more spectrum for commercial use. CEA recently provided comments in response to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which sought new ideas for incentives for federal government users to clear spectrum they own. CEA commends OSTP for its work, and looks forward to working with the White House to further commercial spectrum deployment.
By 2015, more U.S. Internet users will access the Internet through mobile devices than through PCs or other wireline devices. (Source: IDC)
U.S. smartphone unit sales will climb an estimated 45 percent in 2012. Tablet computers are projected to grow 157 percent. (Source: CEA)
Smartphones consume 24 times as much data as traditional cell phones, tablets 122 times as much. Analysts forecast a 35x increase in the next 5 years. (Source: FCC).