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Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 10:00pm
Apple, Samsung, others petition Washington to free spectrum
The High Tech Spectrum Coalition, a 'supergroup' of technology companies led by Apple and Samsung, petitioned Congress on Tuesday to provide more broadcast bandwidth for smartphones and tablet computers. The sent letter encourages the House and Senate technology committees to evaluate auctioning some of the spectrum currently in use by the federal government.

Signatories to the letter include Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion and newly-joined Samsung. "Now is the time to ensure the incentive auctions are as robust and successful as possible at liberating spectrum," the letter says. "We should also turn our collective attention on ways to reap the economic benefits of underutilized federal spectrum assets."

The HTSC believes that the scheduled spectrum auctions are inadequate for future wireless broadband needs. The letter warns that it is impossible to "engineer our way out of this problem" with technological advances.