A New Mobile Revolution
The United States is on the cusp of another mobile revolution. Long gone are the days of simply using a cellphone for a phone call. Today, we’re using smartphones, tablets, wearables and other mobile devices to make calls, check email, search the Internet, get turn-by-turn directions, stream videos, track our exercise and much more.
Mobile data use in the U.S. is projected to increase six-fold between 2014 and 2019
According to Cisco, this activity is going to drive mobile data use in the U.S. more than six-fold between 2014 and 2019. That will put a significant strain on wireless networks, which depend on a finite resource called spectrum. The benefits to the economy of a strong wireless industry are well known – it supports an estimated 1.3 million jobs and $400 billion in annual economic activity.
Preserve Our Freedom to Innovate
In order to support the growing demand for mobile data, policymakers and regulators must ensure that more spectrum is made available for our mobile uses. They should also continue to keep unlicensed spectrum open for anyone – preserving a freedom to innovate that will lead to new wireless apps, technologies and products.