After the FCC’s November Open Meeting, CTIA-The Wireless Association’s President and CEO Steve Largent released the following statement:
“We applaud the FCC for opening a proceeding to explore options for freeing up valuable spectrum in the broadcast TV bands for mobile broadband services. Today’s action is another important step to ensuring that we can meet America’s growing demand for mobile Internet access at anytime and anywhere.
“We appreciate the FCC’s leadership in finding more spectrum for mobile broadband services. The U.S. wireless industry provides countless benefits for U.S. consumers and businesses, whether that’s through our capital investments, jobs or our innovative products and services. CTIA and its members look forward to working with the FCC, Congress and all stakeholders to ensure that significant amounts of broadcast spectrum are made available for auction. Bringing this spectrum to market will allow our members to bid for the right to purchase it, resulting in billions of dollars for the U.S. Treasury and enabling the wireless industry to continue to invest and fuel our ‘virtuous cycle’ of innovation and competition.
“Today’s vote was important to our industry so we can continue to assist our nation’s economic recovery and so we can meet consumers’ demands for mobile broadband.”
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry’s leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, DC.