CTIA-The Wireless Association® Statement on Today's Spectrum Activities

Oct 21, 2010, 15:28 ET from CTIA-The Wireless Association

Appreciates FCC's Summit and OBI working paper and NTIA's Support to Identify Additional Spectrum for Wireless Industry to Combat the Looming Spectrum Crisis

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to today's spectrum activities by the FCC and NTIA, CTIA-The Wireless Association's President and CEO Steve Largent issued the following statement:  

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"We appreciate the efforts of Chairman Genachowski and the FCC Commissioners to focus attention on the growth of mobile broadband services and the critical need for spectrum. The era of mobile broadband services offers tremendous opportunities for U.S. consumers and businesses. At the same time, it presents an important challenge for policymakers, who must ensure there is sufficient spectrum to meet the rapidly growing demand and maintain our global leadership. Today's OBI working paper confirms what CTIA, analysts, wireless providers and the National Broadband Plan have said all along – that the increasing adoption of smart phones combined with American consumers' demand for mobile broadband service will require additional spectrum to meet these needs. The summit has furthered the discussion regarding when and how we will bring additional spectrum to market to support the incredible spike in demand. The NPRM that was announced by the Chairman will help to develop the framework for recovering what we hope will be a significant amount of that spectrum. 

"We also thank Secretary Strickling and NTIA for their efforts to date. A careful analysis of government spectrum use is key to ensuring the President's and the FCC's goal of bringing 500 MHz of spectrum, sufficient for mobile broadband, to market. We will continue to work to ensure that Federal policymakers understand, and focus on, the importance of certain bands of spectrum, such as the 1755-1780 band, for delivering on the promise of robust mobile broadband. 

 "We look forward to working with the NTIA, the FCC and the broadcasters throughout this process."

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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