American ingenuity has developed a new wireless network that can address the country’s need for affordable wireless broadband, right now when we need it most.
4G LTE is a lightning-fast technology that has the potential to lift us out of our broadband malaise. Imagine driving through rural America with your family and using your tablet to conduct a video conference call with relatives overseas. Or being a trainer for the local high school football team and receiving an immediate remote diagnosis of an injured player from the local hospital – without ever having to leave the field. Meanwhile, those with limited access to higher education can pursue advanced degrees online.
All of this is possible with 4G LTE wireless broadband.
Creating Greater Competition
With the industry threatening further consolidation, there is much at stake for America. According to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, narrowing down the marketplace to two companies will bring “fewer choices, higher prices, less innovation, and lower quality service.” From a technology perspective, there is also the impact of industry consolidation on spectrum, and the temptation for companies to leverage their concentrated spectrum assets to raise profits without passing any savings on to the consumer. This is an opportunity to shift from an unfair model that locks the consumer into a long-term contract, a limited number of devices, and a very limited number of networks. The ideal answer would feature a business model that allows a much broader range of providers to deliver services at substantially lower prices than the competition. It would also tear down the wall that has prevented innovative new companies from successfully entering the wireless market, and allow them to deliver their own services and devices without competing with the operator supplying them with their network access.
Providing Greater Access
There is no better time than the present to connect hundreds of millions of Americans with wireless broadband. We need a fix that is ready to go and can provide access to every corner of the county in a matter of a few short years. Many companies are advancing this cause. While each uses different technologies, these companies have stated clear goals to deliver access to hundreds of millions of Americans, whether they live in small communities or large cities. By putting high–quality spectrum to good use – with the consumer, not the bottom line in mind – network congestion and “no service” displays on devices will become a problem of the past in urban markets, and rural communities will finally have the much-needed access they deserve.
Delivering More Affordable Options
Through greater competition and access, prices will come down. This is certainly the case when the new option is a wholesale provider. Such a business model can offer access to a wireless broadband network at a tenth of the price of current retail models. The network will support a number of technologies and services at lower prices that reach further across America than ever before.
By increasing the number of wireless providers across America, we increase the opportunity for innovative ideas. A network that anyone can access without building their own towers or launching their own satellite means less overhead for small businesses looking to provide a new service on wireless devices.
Broadband has the potential to kick-start our nation’s economy and respond to the clarion call of our nation’s leaders that job creation must be a priority. There is data that supports this claim:
- The FCC says that, “jobs depending on broadband and information and communication technologies (ICT)… will grow by 25% from 2008—2013, 2.5 times faster than the average across all occupations and industries.”
- The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) write that a $10 billion investment in broadband would produce as many as 498,000 new jobs.
- Several states can attest to the impact of broadband on jobs: In North Carolina, nearly 18 percent of new jobs are created as a direct result of broadband Internet. In Minnesota, 60 percent of unemployed adults, 30 percent of homemakers and 17 percent of retirees say they would likely join the workforce if empowered by teleworking.
Despite all the benefits, some interests still hope to stop American progress by repeatedly making false claims about this new technology’s impact on older systems. We have answered every challenge with a practical solution.