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Spectrum Challenges Facing The U.S. Wireless Industry

More Americans are using smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices to communicate and transmit data. This has fed the need to store music, photos and videos on virtual computer servers known as the cloud. But this rise in traffic and connectivity has put enormous strain on spectrum, or radio waves that carry phone calls and data. The Federal Communications Commission has warned of a looming crisis and says spectrum will exceed supply by 2013. Diane and a panel of guests discuss the spectrum crunch.

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For a closer look on the staggering consumer demand on spectrum, watch Mobile Future's newest video, "Spectrum: Fueling the Mobile Future." Video courtesy Mobile Future

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