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WANTED: More Spectrum, More Wi-Fi!

@johnsolit

September 13, 2013

Petabyte

This week’s #broaddata reveals the incredible amount of data carried over Wi-Fi networks every month in America. The total comes to a whopping 12,166 petabytes. That amounts to 2.5 trillion MP3 songs or 2 billion HD movies. In fact, 12,166 petabytes is almost 250 times the amount of data ever written by all humans in any language at any time in history!

More data is carried over Wi-Fi than wireline and cellular combined. This is putting a lot of pressure on the limited amount of spectrum reserved for Wi-Fi use. That’s why it’s imperative that the FCC remove existing encumbrances, particularly on the 5 GHz band, and freely allow businesses to take advantage of next generation Wi-Fi. As a country, we have the opportunity to establish ourselves as a global leader in public Wi-Fi availability, speed, and scale. The possibilities are practically endless when everyone has access to more unlicensed spectrum and more Wi-Fi.

To learn more, check out NCTA’s new Unlicensed Spectrum page.