At this year’s 2014 Consumer Electronics Show Gary Shapiro, CEO of NAM member Consumer Electronics Association which puts on CES said it was hard to find anything at the show that is not connected to the internet. Cars are embedded with microprocessors and refrigerators can now tell you when you are out of milk. For this communication to happen seamlessly all these innovations need one thing above all else: they need spectrum – or airwaves – to be available.
Manufacturers are well aware of the importance of spectrum availability to their business and their customers. They use it at their facilities, in their products and in their workforce. They have used it to make their enterprises more efficient ranging from advances in machine to machine technology to smart agriculture tools that can remotely tell the moisture and temperature levels of soil. As a panelist from Verizon said this week, there is an “expectation of connectedness” now. In short, manufacturers are dependent on it spectrum being available.
On a panel discussion we heard a representative from Samsung say that spectrum is rocket fuel for innovation. Frankly, given the innovative breakthroughs that manufacturers have pioneered, we think that spectrum is rocket fuel for manufacturing as well. Lawmakers and regulators must understand that any decisions made on spectrum need to include the manufacturing sector.