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CTIA - The Wireless Association® Statement on NTIA's Report on Spectrum

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 4:59am
WASHINGTON,/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the NTIA releasing their report on spectrum, CTIA-The Wireless Association's President and CEO Steve Largent issued the following statement:

  "We thank Administrator Strickling and his team at NTIA for their hard work and efforts to date to implement President Obama's Memorandum on wireless broadband and spectrum. Today's NTIA Report, combined with the op-ed from Commerce Secretary Locke and National Economic Council Director Summers clearly prove that the Administration, Department of Commerce and NTIA recognize the wireless industry's important role as an economic driver. They also realize the vital importance of spectrum to improving our economic competitiveness, public safety and the lives of all Americans.

  "The 15 MHz of spectrum that NTIA has identified below 3 GHz is just a start. We will continue to work to ensure that Federal policymakers understand, and focus on, the importance of certain bands of spectrum, such as the 1755 to 1780 band, for delivering on the promise of robust mobile broadband. A continued careful analysis of government spectrum use is key to ensuring that we succeed with the President's and the FCC's goal of bringing 500 MHz of spectrum, sufficient for mobile broadband, to market.

"We believe that NTIA's efforts to free government spectrum for licensed commercial use are essential to helping the U.S. wireless industry maintain our world leadership in mobile innovation, and we will carefully review NTIA's report. By making spectrum available for auction, the Federal government will enable the wireless industry to continue to invest billions of dollars to purchase the licensed spectrum, and billions more to build and upgrade the networks that fuel our 'virtuous cycle' of innovation. We look forward to continuing to work with NTIA, the Administration, FCC, Congress and other interested parties to bring this spectrum to market and to continue to assist our nation in its economic recovery."

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