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Editor's Note: How much should the government get involved with this issue? Should it be involved at all beyond spectrum allocation? Patchwork development efforts hampered by business and NIMBY special interests promise to make the entire situation very complicated, and we need strategic planning at the national level if we expect the next generation of infrastructure to function with any level of efficiency and reliability. Can industry cooperate alone at the level of interest required?

(Information Week) - With the warning of a "looming spectrum crisis" overshadowing this week's CTIA wireless industry conference in San Diego, Qualcomm's top executive weighed in on the issue of net neutrality and made a pitch for femtocells and building up the density of mobile phone wireless networks as ways to deal with the approaching spectrum crunch.

In a speech at CTIA, Qualcomm chief executive Paul Jacobs indicated that he questions whether a heavy downloader of data over wireless networks should be charged the same price as an occasional user of data. His comments came a day after FCC chairman Julius Genachowski had warned of a "looming spectrum crisis" on the horizon as the number of mobile phone users downloading data multiplies.

Jacobs said the crowded networks are likely to become more congested, for instance, as more users upload videos to Internet sites such as YouTube. Genachowski had suggested that "secondary" approaches -- he mentioned Wi-Fi -- could help offload much traffic from wireless networks and the femtocell approach advocated by Jacobs appears to fall into that category.

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