As smartphones and tablets become ever more popular, there is an increasing need for satellite bandwidth. In order to free up existing bandwidth, federal regulators are considering new guidelines that would require smartphones and tablets to be operable across several different blocks of spectrums.
This change would allow consumers to use the fastest spectrum band on any carrier’s service and not change phones if they change wireless companies. More importantly, it would also free up bandwidth.
At the moment the FCC prefers to ask manufacturers and wireless services to voluntarily develop devices that can do this. If the industry does not move in this direction on its own, the FCC will consider requiring companies to make their devices interoperable.