WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After the FCC's October Open Meeting addressing wireless infrastructure deployment and new spectrum bands, CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker released the following statement:
"I am pleased that the FCC took meaningful actions today to advance additional spectrum and quicker siting of wireless infrastructure, which are essential to keeping up with consumers' skyrocketing demand for mobile wireless services.
"I applaud the Commission for modernizing its wireless infrastructure rules and establishing a framework to facilitate smarter and faster infrastructure deployment. Today's Report and Order helps limit unnecessary delays in carriers' ability to upgrade networks with cutting edge technologies and provide additional coverage or capacity; streamlines review processes to ease deployment of small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS); and formally adopts CTIA's Petition to permit the speedy deployment of temporary towers. We look forward to continuing to work with the Commission, local governments and other stakeholders to effectively implement this Order and provide consumers with additional advanced services in a more efficient and effective manner.
"In addition to innovative infrastructure deployments, technological advances can expand the range of spectrum frequencies suitable for mobile broadband services. I welcome the FCC's Spectrum Horizons Notice of Inquiry, which explores the use of spectrum above 24 GHz, and we look forward to participating in the examination. While we will always work to locate more cleared licensed spectrum under 3 GHz, we also need to expand our search to find other complementary spectrum bands, and this Notice is an important step in that effort. I commend the Commission's forward-looking approach to spectrum policy."
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 tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.