NHMC Joins Microsoft, Google & Hundreds of Other Groups Stressing the Importance of Unlicensed Spectrum

letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology urging Congress to allow the FCC to carry out its upcoming incentive auction process with an eye toward striking a balance between freeing up more spectrum for licensed usage and unleashing additional unlicensed spectrum. Other groups signing onto the letter include Google, Microsoft, Free Press, and Public Knowledge. During the upcoming auction process, the FCC, as directed by Congress, will allow television broadcasters to sell their spectrum to the government. This spectrum will then be auctioned to wireless broadband providers. This process has the potential to free up new spectrum for unlicensed uses. Unlicensed spectrum allows for new types of innovation with lower barriers to entry as users are not required to obtain costly usage licenses to deploy this spectrum. Unlicensed spectrum is currently deployed in all sorts of products that we now take for granted — from Wi-Fi and cordless telephones to garage door openers and Bluetooth headsets. Read the letter here.]]>