In response to NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling’s testimony on federal government spectrum use before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, I issued this statement:
“We thank Administrator Strickling and the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for their focus on the importance of freeing up spectrum for commercial mobile broadband use. We believe that NTIA’s efforts to free government spectrum for licensed commercial use are essential to helping the U.S. wireless industry maintain our world leadership in mobile innovation. By making spectrum available for auction, the federal government will enable the wireless industry to continue to invest billions of dollars to purchase the licensed spectrum, and billions more to build and upgrade the networks that fuel our ‘virtuous cycle’ of innovation.
“A continued careful analysis of government spectrum use is key to ensuring that we succeed with the President’s and the FCC’s goal of bringing 500 MHz of spectrum, sufficient for mobile broadband, to market. CTIA applauds NTIA for prioritizing its review of the spectrum in the 1755-1850 band. This spectrum, and the 1755-1780 band in particular, is essential for delivering on the promise of robust mobile broadband. We look forward to continuing to work with NTIA, the Administration, FCC, Congress and other interested parties to bring this spectrum to market and to continue to assist our nation in its economic recovery.”