said by 25139889:
lol. and why???? This is crazy to be worked up over using the air waves there is still plenty more that can be opened up.
One problem with the idea that "plenty more [spectrum] can be opened up" is that wireless spectrum is already becoming ever more fragmented.
A few years ago, wireless carriers operated in essentially three different bands: Cellular 850 MHz, PCS 1900 MHz, and SMR 800/900 MHz. Today, those operating bands have expanded to include, as well, AWS 2100+1700 MHz, BRS/EBS 2500-2600 MHz, Lower 700 MHz (with multiple band classes), and Upper 700 MHz (with multiple band classes). Not to mention, LightSquared and EchoStar (Dish Network) both want to bring Ancillary Terrestrial Component satellite spectrum to the mix, potentially adding ATC 1500 MHz and ATC 2000 MHz, respectively.
All of this increasing fragmentation of wireless spectrum concomitantly leads to increasing fragmentation among device compatibility. Since wireless devices cannot readily support all of the emerging operating bands, device manufacturers frequently focus on largely/exclusively carrier specific capabilities (e.g. VZW and Upper 700 MHz band class 13, T-Mobile and AWS 2100+1700 MHz band class IV). And this becomes just another tie that binds in the dysfunctional contract subsidy system -- an impediment to true competition and consumer choice.