The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Another U.S. government department is warning in yet another report that allocating 3G spectrum will be a tricky task that could jeopardize domestic military operations. Tell us something we didn't already know. This latest report comes from the U.S. General Accounting Office and indicates that neither the military, nor the industry's version of the impact of 3G on domestic military operations are thorough enough. It calls for more studies to sort out the issue.  The U.S. doesn't need more time to decide whether it should move its military operations out of the 1700 MHz band. The issue has been studied to death. It's now time for action. The Bush Administration's foot dragging on 3G isn't helping the American wireless industry. In fact, it will do irreparable harm - not only in North America, but in other countries as well.  A viable 3G plan has already been proposed that will cost relatively little. The solution? Auction the spectrum in question and hand over the proceeds to the military so it can fund its own migration to a different band. The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association has already tabled such a proposal and it's likely to find several supporters here in Canada and elsewhere in the world.  But in the U.S., the only thing more complex than the U.S. military machine is the U.S. political machine. The CTIA proposal may make sense for the long term - particularly for commercial operators - but handing over auction revenues to another government department isn't as politically savvy as auctioning 3G spectrum at a higher frequency and using the cash for education or health care.  The U.S. military's stubborn refusal to vacate the 1700 band is also wreaking havoc beyond its own borders. This issue ceases to be just a domestic military issue when American armed forces travel abroad, as they commonly do. Take the example of South Korea, where the country was required to shut down several channels of commercially used spectrum to support U.S. military operations being conducted there.  When American war games result in lost cellular services for other countries, it's time for the U.S. to re-evaluate what it means to be isolationist.