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The Obama administration will invest $40 million in the next year and another $60 million over the next five years to free more of the nation’s airwaves for use by consumers in wireless broadband networks, the White House announced Friday.
The effort is meant to build on a 2010 initiative that aimed to make available some 500 megahertz of electromagnetic spectrum — the airwaves used by cellphone and wireless communications. Those airwaves were intended to come from a combination of federal and private-sector sources.
Citing “the skyrocketing demand of consumer and broadband business users,” President Obama directed federal agencies to make more capacity available by enhancing the efficiency of their spectrum use.