To achieve those goals, FCC Wireless Broadband Forum in Washington, D.C., the agency is looking at to wireless and expanding bands in the 5GHz range, FCC Chairman said in a speech earlier this week at the
Cable and DSL services have helped bring broadband access to--a significant increase from just a couple of years ago. But wireless services are expected to dramatically improve that growth.
The Bush administration's goals "only will be met by the use of every possible tool in our broadband tool kit," Powell said. "It will be critical that wireless play a major role in our ability to provide these benefits to the American consumer."
Powell added that wireless has certain technical advantages that allow companies to reach consumers in ways that wired services can't. And by not relying on any one technology, the threat of monopoly control and bottlenecks can be avoided.
The FCC also is working to create a spectrum policy that's efficient and productive for broadband growth.
Thehas been a particularly touchy issue in the technology and communications industries, because there is only a . Some critics have complained that spectrum has been poorly distributed, stifling innovation and cutting short the effectiveness of new technologies. With new wireless technologies on the way, such as EvDO (Evolution Data Only) , issues like interference and limited range will likely become more of a problem.
"From Day 1, we have been working hard to change the traditional 'command and control' approach that does not respect innovation and the need to move spectrum to its highest and best uses," Powell said.
"The bottom line is: All the raw material is there, the recognition is there, and the understanding of its importance has begun to gel," Powell said. "Now, all that is left is the easy part of actually making it happen."