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Feds add to bandwidth

Extra megahertz available for commercial spectrum

In an effort to push forward the development of wireless services, the Department of Commerce on Monday said it had identified some 115 megahertz of spectrum that can be reallocated in the next five years.

The announcement was described as a “down payment” on President Obama’s plan to nearly double the amount of commercial spectrum in the next decade, as part of efforts to greatly increase the availability and access to broadband services across the country.

The new spectrum is designed to spur private spectrum investment in such areas as medicine and telecommunications, but it also holds the potential of increasing the capabilities of entertainment options, particularly with the growth of handheld devices and iPads.

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