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Obama to Unveil Major Wireless Initiative

February 10, 2011

President Obama was expected Thursday to unveil a major wireless initiative today aimed at bringing wireless access to 98 percent of the country within five years, build a national public safety broadband network, and promote wireless innovation and research and development, National Journal reported.

Obama will detail his Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative during a speech at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., where he will highlight how local businesses there have benefited from having access to broadband. Last June, Obama endorsed the Federal Communications Commission's goal of freeing up 500 megahertz of spectrum over the next decade for wireless broadband and other technologies.

"Taken together, [the latest proposal] makes better use of our existing spectrum and resources," Jason Furman, deputy director of the National Economic Council, said in a conference call late Wednesday.

As part of this initiative, the White House has embraced a FCC proposal that calls for legislation to allow the agency to conduct incentive auctions, which are aimed at incentivizing broadcasters and other commercial spectrum users to give up some of their airwaves in exchange for a portion of the auction proceeds. Click here, to read more.

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