CTIA-Commissioned Study Touts Wireless as Essential Spectrum Engine


CTIA: The Wireless Association continued to push for more spectrum Tuesday with a report commissioned from Recon Analytics that positioned the wireless industry as the "essential engine of U.S. economic growth."

CTIA has long been urging the Federal Communications Commission to take spectrum back from broadcasters and put it to what they say is the higher, better use of wireless broadband, while broadcasters say their one-to-many delivery system is more efficient and that their local news and programming for an over-the-air only viewership of often diverse, elderly and low-income populations is in the public's best interest.

According to the report, the wireless industry boosts GDP and employment, builds government revenue and improves U.S. productivity with every incremental increase in spectrum available to handle the boom in apps.

Specifically, it said that the industry contributed $146.2 billion to U.S. GDP; supported 3.8 million jobs, many at higher than average wages; and accounted for $88.6 billion in income taxes.

The White House has set a target of freeing up 500 MHz of spectrum over the next 10 years, including 120 MHz from broadcasters, though that is looking like a long shot given protections in incentive auction legislation for Canadian and Mexican border stations.

That 500 MHz, according to the report, would translate to a $166 billion increase GDP, "at least" 350,000 jobs, and $23.4 billion in government revenue.