Government skeptical wireless can open up broadband market

by Matt Lasar, Ars Technica

Earlier this week we wrote up a Department of Justice brief urging the Federal Communications Commission to reallocate as much spectrum as possible for the wireless industry. Wireless, the DOJ says, is the best chance we've got at creating a more competitive broadband landscape. "Given the potential of wireless services to reach underserved areas and to provide an alternative to wireline broadband providers in other areas, the Commission's primary tool for promoting broadband competition should be freeing up spectrum," the DOJ told the FCC on Monday.

But now comes a policy letter from the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) suggesting that the wireless fix may not be so clear cut.

"Although early projections from [the] industry are encouraging, it is premature to predict when, or even whether, these wireless broadband services will provide the competitive alternatives that can benefit consumers of all services, including wireline," NTIA chief Larry Strickling wrote to the Commission on Wednesday.

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