NAB Study Draws Heavy Criticism from Wireless Groups

After countering various points in the National Broadcasters Association's spectrum study released April 26, CTIA and the Consumer Electronics Association in a joint response concluded: "The NAB 'study' ignores the most obvious and telling question -- if wireless providers could solve their spectrum needs cheaply or don't have spectrum needs at all, why would they want to pay billions of dollars for such an unnecessary asset? Anyone who has studied not only projections, but also actual use of mobile networks knows that our wireless networks desperately need more capacity - wireless companies are seeking more spectrum for their networks because their customers demand it."

"While NAB might choose to ignore the realities of today's consumer demands, American wireless consumers are staring down a spectrum shortage," said Mobile Future chairman Jonathan Spalter. "As the FCC, 112 leading economists and wireless technology experts have all explained in great detail, a spectrum crunch is looming and the most efficient way to meet growing consumer demand and deliver cutting-edge, innovative services to consumers is to move forward with incentive auctions to get more wireless spectrum to the marketplace as soon as possible."

Wireless Communications Association International President Fred Campbell joined the chorus: "While NAB might choose to ignore the realities of today's consumer demands, American wireless consumers are staring down a spectrum shortage. As the FCC, 112 leading economists and wireless technology experts have all explained in great detail, a spectrum crunch is looming and the most efficient way to meet growing consumer demand and deliver cutting-edge, innovative services to consumers is to move forward with incentive auctions to get more wireless spectrum to the marketplace as soon as possible."


NAB Study Draws Heavy Criticism from Wireless Groups