Pentagon frees up wireless frequencies

— 8:33 PM on July 23, 2002

Wired is reporting that the Pentagon has agreed to free up some of the spectrum it uses for satellite and military operations:

Under the plan announced Tuesday, the Pentagon would give up two chunks of the spectrum, moving its uses to other frequencies by the end of 2008. The wireless companies that buy the rights to the Pentagon's former frequencies will pay for the transfer.
This is great news for wireless communications companies, and it means we'll likely be seeing a lot more advanced wireless networks in the future. Wireless connectivity could be the next big thing, if the networks and devices are there. We'll have to wait and see, but the late summer launch of Sprint's 3G network should give us a hint of things to come.
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