The Impending Spectrum Shortage [Infographic]

March 30, 2012

3:00 pm

The available spectrum won’t be able to handle all our mobile data use by 2013, the FCC estimated in 2010.

That same year, President Obama declared that the government would make 500 megahertz of its spectrum available for commercial wireless broadband by 2020 – spectrum to help carry the traffic from smartphones that will only keep growing. On Tuesday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a report with the initial steps in that plan.

To show how dire the shortage is, Mobile Future – makers of the Mobile Year in Review – released this infographic yesterday:

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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