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Spectrum Legislation Should Include Interoperability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                       Contact:Lucy Tutwiler

December 1, 2011                                                                                                                                 (202) 449-9866

 

Spectrum Legislation Should Include Interoperability

Washington, DC– Today, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology approved an amended version of  the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum Act by Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR).  CCA thanks the Chairman and all Subcommittee Members for their work on spectrum legislation but is very concerned that the bill does not include an interoperability provision and may limit competition in future spectrum auctions.

“I thank Chairman Walden and the Subcommittee for their important work on spectrum legislation,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry, “But I cannot stress enough the need to include an interoperability provision in the bill.  Interoperability will provide numerous benefits to consumers, public safety and the American economy.  In particular, deployment of wireless broadband in rural America with a fully interoperable 700 MHz band would result in the creation and retention of 117,000 jobs.  Competitive carriers have invested billions of dollars in mobile spectrum but without interoperability, there is no assurance that they will be able to build out broadband services, and consumers will lose.”

“Future spectrum auctions are estimated to bring in billions of dollars both directly through the auction and by subsequent deployments and operations by competing wireless carriers.  In addition to the lack of interoperability, we are also concerned that the draft bill may limit the FCC’s ability to ensure this competition can flourish, both at auction and in the industry. As the bill moves forward, I strongly urge the full Committee to consider the enormous benefits of interoperability and ensuring that competitive carriers can participate in future auctions.”

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CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers serving rural and regional areas
of the United States.  The licensed service area of CCA’s more than 100 members covers 95 percent of
the nation.

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