Congress blasts military and national telecom agency for not sharing wireless spectrum faster


Members of the US House of Representatives took an unexpectedly tough tack in a hearing today on wireless spectrum, the frequencies that mobile devices use to access the web and send and receive data, and which are in increasingly high demand. Many lawmakers sharply criticized the military and the national telecommunications agency for being too slow in opening up government-controlled wireless spectrum to consumers and private companies. An effort to have federal government agencies auction-off their spectrum to companies or share it has been in the works since 2004, but has been slow to see results, visibly angering lawmakers. “It has been slow so far, more like dial-up I’d say, rather than broadband,” said Billy Long (R-MO).

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