Also Friday, AT&T announced plans to buy 700MHz spectrum from Verizon for $1.9 billion to help AT&T deploy 4G LTE to 42 million people in 18 states and meet mobile broadband demand from smartphones and tablets.
Friday's actions are part of the FCC's Broadband Acceleration Initiative. That program, and the Connect America Fund, which the FCC set up in 2012, stem from the National Broadband Plan, an ambitious and broad set of steps for faster wired and wireless service in the U.S. that includes allocating more spectrum to wireless carriers.
Attaining high-speed mobile broadband usually refers to attempts to upgrade 3G wireless service to 4G LTE or 4G HSDPA, which is generally 10 times faster than 3G. That means, on average, increasing downlink speeds from 1 Mbps under 3G to 10 Mbps with 4G.
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