By Gautham Nagesh - 11/07/11 06:29 PM EST
McDowell said the point of the white spaces effort was to maximize efficiency and gain benefits from under-used spectrum. He also pointed out that such a large, contiguous block of spectrum would be clearly defined, exclusive and easily transferable, making it an appealing resource to be auctioned off to raise revenue.
"Given today’s unprecedented budget deficits, I question whether the U.S. can afford not to auction any and all spectrum recovered in this band," he added.
McDowell closed by pointing to efforts currently under way to take advantage of the white spaces and predicted that the new advances will have an even larger impact on the economy than the development of Wi-Fi.