Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CTIA TO FCC: More Spectrum Please

Asks Commission to Open Proceedings to Secure 800 MHz Over Next Six Years 09/30/09
The lead lobbying association representing the American wireless service provider sector yesterday filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) an ex parte petition (GN Docket No. 09-51), requesting that the Commission open proceedings to secure upwards of 800 MHz of radio spectrum for wireless services over the next six years.

The filing was made by CTIA-The Wireless Association.® CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent, a former Member of Congress (R-OK), issued the following statement on Monday, September 28, in response to the Association's filing:

“As the Chairman and other FCC Commissioners understand, spectrum is our industry’s backbone and is what encourages innovation and competition. “In order to facilitate the ‘virtuous cycle’ of the industry, more spectrum must be made available. As spectrum is brought to market, the virtuous cycle begins, as networks are upgraded to add capacity and greater capabilities, handsets are then developed to take advantage of next generation networks, application and content developers then create new content to take advantage of new handset capabilities, and ultimately, consumers demand more. It’s a cycle that never ends as long as spectrum is available."

“The U.S. is the most efficient users of commercial spectrum in the world. But as the Chairman has recognized, the industry needs access to more spectrum so we can continue to meet the growing consumer demand – whether it’s for personal reasons such as mHealth or for environmental reasons such as smart grids. Other countries around the world have recognized the need to facilitate this virtuous cycle and have identified hundreds of megahertz of spectrum to reallocate for licensed commercial use."

“In this filing, we are asking the FCC to work with the Federal government to immediately begin to identify and allocate up to 800 MHz of additional spectrum over the next six years. We also have requested policymakers to meet short-term spectrum needs by pairing and allocating readily-available spectrum."

“We are proud that the mobile wireless industry is providing broadband access where you want it, when you want it, but we are facing a perfect storm where demand may outpace supply. By allocating and assigning more spectrum, the federal government will encourage continued innovation and competition within the industry and ensure our continued economic investment and impact."
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