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Wireless Data Growth Leads to Spectrum Deficit

Discussion:  The need for space to transmit the growing amount of data on smartphones and other handheld devices is expanding exponentially, and will soon overrun the current capacity.  The FCC is trying to come up with  a solution to help solve this problem, and so far the answer is to capture the staticy space between television channels.  This is only a temporary fix, however.  The lack of spectrum capacity has already begun to re-shape industry.

Source:  CNN Money

Date:  December 29, 2011

Link:  http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/29/technology/white_space_spectrum/index.htm

Discussion Questions:

  • What happens when the entire spectrum has been utilized?  Can this ever happen?
  • Is there another way in which to transmit data from smartphones and other handheld devices?

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