Future Will Be Mobile And Spectrum-Hungry


WASHINGTON — Companies pushing the Federal Communications Commission to free broadcast-TV spectrum from broadcasters have circulated a new graphic to illustrate their point about the “rising tide” of Internet-connected devices that need to ride all those waves of electromagnetic spectrum.

The new infographic (pictured) emphasizes the following data: there are 10 billion connected devices; mobile data from those devices more than doubled global Internet traffic in 2012; revenue from global devices could reach $1.2 trillion; and “virtually everything we make will be able to connect to the Internet.”

“It’s critical that we prepare for the significant data growth on the horizon and maintain policies that spur continued competition, investment and innovation,” Mobile Future chairman Jonathan Spalter said.

Among the coalition’s members are AT&T, Verizon Communications and Qualcomm.