The Hill’s Congress Blog: America’s Obsession With Spectrum

Consumers are using wireless communications services at a torrid pace.  These services’ 336 million subscribers use wireless connections to make conventional voice calls, send texts, and get access to a host of Internet websites, including educational information, government services, news, games and video entertainment, business and employment-related services, and specialized health systems, to name a few applications (apps).

With subscribership more than doubling in the last decade, the impact of wireless services is making a major impact for the good of the U.S. economy.  A new study estimates that licensed wireless spectrum contributes to $400 billion in Gross Domestic Product, 1.3 million new jobs and at least $5 trillion more in consumer benefits. Excluded from the $400 billion was the economic value of applications such as entertainment, education, healthcare, and mobile communications used to produce income. Wireless applications and spectrum that supports these activities are massively important.

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