US Government planning wireless funding – promises no tapping

• 10/02/2011

Barack Obama

Barack Obama announced today at a Press Conference that the US Government would be creating incentives to free up more radio frequencies for mobile broadband in the amount of $5 billion. This will help broadband move to rural areas in support of high speed networking as a focus.

US President Obama made these remarks concerning the incentives;

This isn’t just about faster internet … It’s about connecting every corner of America to the digital age…It’s how we’ll spark new innovation, new investment, new jobs … We can’t expect tomorrow’s economy to take root using yesterday’s infrastructure…When it comes to high-speed internet, the lights are still off in one-third of our households.

The work needed to improve high speed technology and communications was likened to the building of railroads and transportation across the US in previous decades, and how they have improved the lives of Americans, noting wireless technology is no different.

The details of the plan include the following;

  • A goal to free up 500 MHz of radio spectrum, mainly for mobile broadband. Obama proposes financial incentives to encourage companies and government agencies to release some of their spectrum they hold so it can be auctioned off for this purpose.
  • A one-time $5-billion investment in the construction of 4G networks in rural areas. Obama noted that private companies don’t expand there on their own because it isn’t profitable.
  • A $3-billion fund to support research, testing and development of “key technological developments” to enable and take advantage of the 4G rollout.
  • $10.7 billion to develop and deploy a nationwide interoperable wireless network for public safety and emergency services.
  • Using $27.8 billion raised from the proposed auctions of government and commercial spectrum to cut the national deficit by $9.6 billion over the next decad

We don’t know if this is just another way for the government to get inside everyone’s wireless signals, or if they are actually meaning no harm here, but at least we planted the seed. ;)

[Source – CBC News]

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