Federal regulators are wrestling with an issue with major carriers and CTIA-The Wireless Association® on one side and technology companies on the other. At a time of crushing bandwidth demand and with incentive auctions on the horizon, the Federal Communications Commission must decide how much spectrum it should retain for free mobile services. CTIA Vice President Jot Carpenter said carriers need as many frequencies as possible to meet demand for smartphones, while FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski agrees with companies such as Google and Microsoft, who want to reserve spectrum for future technologies.

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