Broadening Nation’s Wireless Spectrum: Obama

Putting presidential power behind an attempt to prevent a logjam in wireless communications, President Barack Obama on Monday, asked the federal Government to almost double the nation's broadband range capacity over the approaching decade.

In his memo, Obama ordered federal associations to recognize 500 megahertz of spectrum that is managed by the Government or private entities to be freed up, chiefly for mobile broadband usage. At present, wireless firms have almost 547 megahertz allocated to them.

Consumers are getting all crazy to purchase smartphones, tablet computers and other wireless gadgets.

But without a strong wireless network, those gadgets cannot execute the services as advertised, as iPhone users frustrated with dropped calls and slow Web connections on AT&T's network can show.

Obama's declaration, which management officials called the federal Government's most determined endeavor ever to free up spectrum, is crafted to head off extensive troubles and accommodate the thriving market for data-hungry devices.

Even though the spectrum offer reflects a plan that was launched by the Federal Communications Commission this spring, the presidential support could lend important impetus to the thrust.

Of the 500 megahertz the President desires to make accessible, 220 megahertz, or 44%, is managed by federal organizations like NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the military, which make use of it for a variety of communications systems.