Blair Levin, Executive Director of the FCC’s Omnibus Broadband Initiative (i.e., the National Broadband Task Force), called the US the Doug Flutie of wireless broadband in a recent blog post on the broadband.gov website. His points: skills can only take you so far. You need raw assets, in this case spectrum, as well.
The FCC has more than hinted at reclaiming both broadcast TV spectrum and perhaps fallow government spectrum. CTIA, meanwhile, has asked that 800 MHz be liberated for wireless. The Broadband Task Force’s status update from the September 22nd FCC Open Meeting is available here. The section on spectrum starts on slide 61.