The editorial "Spectrum wars: Don't be too quick to allot spectrum" (Our View, April 26) proposes bad policy because it relies on bad information.
The National Broadband Plan, produced by the Federal Communications Commission in 2009, predicted that the United States will face a "spectrum crunch" by 2013 unless significant swathes of radio frequencies are reassigned to commercial and other public uses. These frequencies are currently assigned to government systems that are largely outmoded.
The FCC reached this conclusion after consulting with relevant experts and opinion leaders on the issue, including the sources the editorial cites, and after examining emerging technologies. No new technologies have been developed since the recommendation was made that cast it in doubt.