Randall Stephenson: Spectrum and the Wireless Revolution

The demand for mobile data is doubling every year. The U.S. needs policy changes to keep up.

By Randall Stephenson, in the Wall Street Journal

The latest mobile devices give us the power to summon maps in distant cities, watch the news under a shady tree, or adjust our home thermostats from the airport lounge. This power at our fingertips is provided by major advances in our networks and increasingly powerful smartphones and tablets. But it equally depends on an unseen scarce resource: the radio waves, or spectrum, that transmit mobile data.

The demand for mobile data is now roughly doubling every year. Smartphones use 30 times more data than the cellphones they replaced. Meanwhile, the supply of spectrum supporting mobile devices has remained the same since 2008.

Read the full article from the Wall Street Journal here.

Mr. Stephenson is chairman and CEO of AT&T.