FCC: Debating spectrum crunch only delays needed action

It's time to move forward and do something about the U.S. spectrum crisis before "the rest of the world passes us by," an FCC spokesman said in response to an NAB-backed study that says--not surprisingly--that there is no spectrum crunch and therefore no need to take more spectrum from broadcasters and apply it to new wireless services.

"There's no denying that the looming spectrum crunch is real and that we need to take action now," the Commission spokesman said, adding, "We simply can't afford to study this to death."

The NAB's study suggested that FCC claims are overblown and that technological changes in wireless equipment--including antennas and spectral efficiencies--should move that space forward.

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