The Justice Department is urging the Federal Communications Commission to free up unused airwaves to make the high-speed Internet access market more competitive, Reuters reports. The Department also wants the FCC to make it harder for big wireless phone companies to win spectrum auctions.
The recommendations are in response the the FCC's requests for public comments on developing a plan to make high-speed Internet access available throughout the U.S. More available spectrum would mean more affordable prices, says Christine Varney, the department's top antitrust regulator:
An increase in the amount of spectrum that firms could devote to broadband would lower the cost of providing wireless broadband services and encourage entry.
The DoJ says spectrum should be made available as soon as possible, notes Computerworld. "There is no time to spare."