By John Walls, Vice President, Public Affairs, CTIA - The Wireless Association® It's been a busy time for us at CTIA this week with FCC filing deadlines, Hill activities, Distracted Driving Summit and of course, our International CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment show next week.

But on Tuesday, we submitted a very important ex parte filing to the FCC requesting more spectrum because, to put it simply, it is the backbone of our industry.

It's not something that most people think about, but it's what allows the wireless industry to create and develop the great things that you and I take for granted everyday. As Steve said in his statement about the filing, spectrum drives the innovation and competition.

In our filing, this was the first time we had suggested a specific amount of spectrum to be identified and allocated. We said that the goal should be at least 800 MHz of additional spectrum over the next six years. We also requested policymakers to meet short-term spectrum needs by pairing and allocating readily-available spectrum.

To read the filing, please click here:

Here are a few of the media stories on our filing:
* mobihealthnews, CTIA to FCC: More spectrum for mHealth
* WIRED, Wireless group tells FCC: Show us the spectrum
* Broadcasting & Cable, CTIA wants more spectrum
* WirelessWeek, CTIA Petitions FCC for More Spectrum
*, CTIA to FCC: Without More Wireless Spectrum, 'Demand May Outpace Supply'