A good overview of the agency’s plans and priorities for the coming year, by wireless industry authority Andrew Seybold, writing for FierceWireless. Of course, spectrum availability is one of the leading issues:
The FCC knows we need more wireless broadband spectrum to meet the increased demand for wireless broadband services and is trying to find solutions in many different parts of the spectrum. Generally, the lower the spectrum is in the band, the better it covers and penetrates buildings, therefore the more valuable it is. With the higher spectrum allocations, more cell sites are required to cover the same area, and in-building penetration becomes a major issue. How the FCC will find more commercial broadband spectrum is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, it is a priority at the FCC and you can be sure it is working hard to solve the problem before we run out of broadband capacity.