Wireless Technology and Spectrum Demand: Advanced Wireless Services [March 23, 2007] [open pdf - 71KB]
"Advances in wireless telecommunications technology are converging with Internet technology to foster new generations of applications and services. Presently, the United States and other countries are moving to third-generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) mobile telephony. A related trend is the growth in use of Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) and WiMAX (an industry designation for a type of broadband standard). Wi-Fi uses local wireless networks for high-speed (broadband) mobile access to the Internet. WiMAX uses broadband wireless to link fixed points and also supports mobile devices. […] Legislation in the above areas introduced in the 110th Congress include S. 234 (Senator Kerry) and its companion bill H.R. 1597 (Representative Inslee), providing terms for the release of spectrum for unlicensed use; S. 337 (Senator Sununu), providing terms for the release of spectrum for unlicensed or licensed use and addressing authority over the use of the spectrum; S. 291 (Senator Smith) and S. 315 (Senator Warner), almost identical bills to strengthen the national digital and wireless infrastructure by supporting investment by certain minority-serving institutions; and H.R. 694 (Representative Towns), to establish a digital and wireless technology program at minority-serving institutions."
CRS Report for Congress, RS20993