President Barack Obama's administration will invest $40 million in the next year and another $60 million over the next five years to free more of the nation's broadband wireless airwaves for use by consumers, The New York Times reported.

 

The effort is meant to build on a 2010 initiative aimed to make available 500 megahertz of the electromagnetic spectrum, which is essentially wireless capacity.

 

The airwaves will come from a combination of federal and private-sector sources.

 

"These efforts will provide more access to more spectrum for wireless broadband providers and equipment vendors as they respond to increasingly rapid consumer adoption of smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices," the White House said in a statement.

 

 A 2011 Business Record story looked at the challenge of keeping up with Internet-usage growth, especially as it relates to wireless capacity.