A raging debate over the future of the U.S. wireless industry has taken center stage in Washington, and attracted the attention of the Europeans whose own wireless industry is imploding. The outcome of the debate will directly impact the U.S. economy, shape U.S. broadband technology and consumer trends for decades and could signal the U.S. government wants to play a much larger role in the marketplace.
There was general consensus at a Senate hearing yesterday that the wireless industry needs more spectrum, but there was little agreement on much else.
For the past week or so, I've been waiting to see a good write-up of CTIA Wireless 2013; it's always good to compare notes, if only to see what you've missed. Unfortunately, I haven't seen many. I suspect it's a function of what people think was an event where not much took place.
CTIA Wireless 2013 this year was, by virtually all accounts, a relatively quiet show. Big headlines were few and far between, and even the appearance of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Ashton Kutcher did little to raise the overall outline of the event.
The FierceWireless crew converged upon the CTIA Wireless 2013 show in Las Vegas from May 21 to 23 at the Sands Convention Center to cover this year's show.
FierceWireless has developed a primer to help make sense of the upcoming auctions, including which companies might bid, estimates of how much money each auction could raise and why the airwaves are important in the first place. Check out our special report .
CTIA today released its semi-annual survey, showing that wireless network data traffic in the United States rose 69.3 percent in 2012 from 2011. The firm said the total amount of megabytes traveling over U.S. wireless networks in 2012 reached 1.468 trillion, up from 866.8 billion in 2011.
Former CTIA chief Tom Wheeler will replace Julius Genachowski as chairman of the FCC, pending Senate confirmation. Mignon Clyburn, the senior Democrat on the panel, will take over as interim chairwoman as Wheeler awaits confirmation.
Tom Wheeler, a former CTIA president who is now a venture capitalist and a larger donor to President Obama, is a lead choice to succeed Julius Genachowski as the chairman of the FCC, according to a TIME report.
The FCC signaled it plans to auction new spectrum blocks, the 1695-1710 MHz band and the 1755-1780 MHz band, as early as 2014, giving the CTIA and wireless carriers another victory in their quest to free up more radio waves for mobile broadband.