Wireless group says spectrum takes over a decade to allocate
July 20, 2015
It takes over a decade, on average, for wireless spectrum to be allocated by regulators and deployed for consumers, according to a new study from a wireless trade group.
The study by CTIA found that it takes an average 13 years for wireless spectrum — the invisible airwaves that carry signals — to be deployed after a Federal Communications Commission order is issued, beginning the allocation process.
Some allocation processes have taken less time, while some have taken as long as 18 years.
The two authors of the report say that the lag is in part due to Congress’s role in spectrum allocation and the fact that the sitting presidential administration has great sway over the allocation process.