The Federal Communications Commission also released a technical paper last year claiming that growth in mobile data services will require around 822MHz of total spectrum, or 275MHz more than the 547MHz of spectrum available today for dual use in voice and data services. The United States will have all of the wireless spectrum it needs to meet mobile data demand until 2013, the FCC projected, as mobile data demand is not expected to cross the 547MHz threshold until then.
During a talk at the EmTech conference in Cambridge last year, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse reiterated his company's commitment to offering users unlimited data plans and said the company could keep its plans unlimited by charging more if it eventually found that customers were consuming more data than the carrier could handle. Hesse said there were rare circumstances where service would not be unlimited but that those circumstances were limited to less than 1% of users who consumed unusually large amounts of data on a monthly basis. In those cases, Hesse said the company would work out a deal with those users to pay more per month for 4G service or would tell the user they would be cut off after they consumed a certain amount of data.
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