Arlington, VA (July 14, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) filed comments supporting the opening of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band to commercial use that would allow for increased access to mobile broadband while maintaining appropriate protections for incumbent users.

In its comments TIA stated, “Making more spectrum available is essential for industry to keep pace with exploding demand and with the rapid pace of innovation in the ICT marketplace. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs for Americans while improving U.S. technological competitiveness. It will also enable the mobile industry to meet the demand for high-speed wireless applications, and will help drive the U.S. economy, both near-term and long-term."

In its comments, TIA urged the Commission to:

  • Ensure that priority access licensees receive protections commensurate to their status.
  • Reduce the size of the proposed exclusion zones needed to protect incumbent users.
  • Ensure that special licensing provisions for critical services such as hospitals, public safety organizations, and local governments contain appropriate flexibility.
  • Address technical issues such as synchronization.
  • Avoid imposing mandatory receiver standards.
  • Ensure that networks operate properly using devices which will be designed for global use.

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