Today in Mobile

President Obama this morning signed an official memorandum calling for the government to provide 500 MHz of new broadband spectrum. Such a move will be necessary, of course, given the ever-increasing demand for mobile data and the limited amount of spectrum currently available. But the FCC’s plan depends heavily on reclaiming spectrum from TV broadcasters who have already begun to squawk about losing their long-held airwaves. So while signing a memo is an easy way to make headlines and appease the mobile industry, actually claiming all that spectrum and making it available for wireless use will be very difficult indeed.