WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO Steve Largent released the following statement in response to the FCC's decision about Globalstar and Open Range:
"CTIA is pleased with the FCC's decision to deny Globalstar's request for waiver of the Commission's ancillary terrestrial component rules and to reject Open Range's request to operate its terrestrial network without a satellite partner.
"CTIA has long advocated for enforcement of the Commission's ATC 'gating criteria' to ensure that satellite licensees provide the services for which they were granted licenses. Globalstar's failure to live up to the gating criteria, and to subsequently live up to the conditions upon which the Commission granted it a waiver, validated CTIA's concerns. Globalstar could not meet the satellite needs of American consumers and instead sought to parlay a satellite license into a terrestrial network. Had the FCC granted Globalstar and Open Range's requests, it would have amounted to an end-run of the Commission's spectrum auctions and would have eviscerated the Commission's licensing rules.
"Consistent with its National Broadband Plan, the Commission's actions today are strong steps to ensure that the scarce, public spectrum resource is put to its highest and best use to meet the broadband needs of the American public. In CTIA's opinion, the Commission got it completely right."
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.
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