WASHINGTON and GREENSBORO, N.C., June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Frontline Wireless today lauded the request by a newly formed group of
wireless innovators that the FCC use the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction
to ensure that there is a platform for innovation on at least a small
portion of the spectrum to be made available.
In a letter filed today at the FCC, the Wireless Founders Coalition for
Innovation supports the wholesale, open access E Block for 700 MHz proposed
by Frontline to the FCC. Under Frontline's plan, wireless open access would
be required as a condition on just one part of this "beachfront" spectrum,
which the FCC will auction later this year.
"Open access is the open door to bringing the center of consumer
electronics invention back to the United States," said Frontline Vice
Chairman Reed Hundt. "Open access is the translation of the FCC's famous
'four freedoms' into the wireless world."
Under Frontline's proposal, requiring that just a small slice of these
airwaves be freed for wholesale, open-access use will create more
competition and innovation in the wireless market, greater broadband
penetration in the United States and more choices for first responders as
part of a built-for- free shared wireless broadband network.
The Coalition, which brings together key wireless innovators who are
behind a series of "firsts" in the industry, calls for wireless open access
to free innovation from the bottleneck created by the "Big 4" mobile
carriers in the United States. "Having to engage with the Big 4 at each
cycle in the process can slow time to market and increase risks and costs
for the entrepreneur. One should not have to negotiate with an access
provider to offer a product elsewhere in the value chain," the letter said.
In response to the letter, Frontline issued the following statement:
"These entrepreneurs got it right: A wireless open access requirement
for the E Block will finally foster wireless innovation at 'Internet
speed.' And these innovators should know because, as they say in the
letter, they have 'been there, and done that.'
The signatories have been behind key wireless innovations, such as the
first and most successful MVNO in the United States. The status quo of the
large wireless companies has led, and continues to lead, to less
competition, fewer consumer choices and no real option for first responders
who need a funded, advanced wireless broadband network for
interoperability. The open access and wholesale proposal for the E Block is
the best way to bring the Internet society of the United States into the
wireless world and to bring the wireless networks of first responders from
the 20th century into the 21st century."
For information about Frontline, contact Mary Greczyn at 202-371-2997.
For a copy of the Coalition letter, go to: http://www.txtbl.com/wfc.html.
About Frontline Wireless
Frontline Wireless, LLC (http://www.frontlinewireless.com) is based in
Greensboro, N.C., with offices in Washington, D.C. Frontline's team
includes Chief Executive Officer Haynes Griffin, Chairman Janice Obuchowski
and Vice Chairman Reed Hundt. Frontline's partners include legendary
high-tech entrepreneur James L. Barksdale, software radio technology
innovator Vanu Bose, L. John Doerr for the venture capital firm of Kleiner
Perkins Caufield and Byers and Ram Shriram, Managing Partner of venture
investment company Sherpalo Ventures.
SOURCE Frontline Wireless