Feb. 16, 2012  |   Network World
The latest compromise achieved between House and Senate lawmakers preserves the FCC's right to designate unlicensed spectrum. During a joint press event held today, Rep. Darrell Issa (R - Calif.) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D - Calif.) touted the new deal as a way to open up more potential spectrum for the next generation of unlicensed wireless technologies.


"There's a lot more we can do with unlicensed spectrum, it's not just Bluetooth and Wi-Fi," said Issa.
The original House legislation had drawn the ire of consumer advocacy groups who argued that barring the FCC from designating unlicensed spectrum would kill the next generation of unlicensed wireless technology. The media reform group Free Press today expressed relief that Congress had decided to change course when it came to letting the FCC promote unlicensed spectrum.

"Today's news is undeniably good for unlicensed spectrum, a public resource that drives economic growth and spurs technological innovation," said Matt Wood, the action fund policy director for Free Press. "Recent weeks have seen an outpouring of strong bipartisan support for keeping some prime spectrum available for such beneficial uses, if and when the FCC repurposes portions of the TV band."

 

Wireless Innovation Alliance // 5:47 PM EST// Sep. 4
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler acknowledged the critical role unlicensed spectrum plays in growing competition in the broadband marketplace stating that the FCC's "efforts to expand the amount of unlicensed spectrum creates alternative competitive pathways." More
The Hill // 9:25 AM EST// Jun. 16
CEA released a report, Unlicensed Spectrum and the American Economy, examining the economic impact of unlicensed spectrum on the American economy. More
The Wireless Innovation Alliance (WIA) is a broad-based group of innovators, providers, consumer groups, think tanks and education organizations that believe that more efficient use and expanded access to the nation’s spectrum resources are fundamental to the future of U.S. economic policy and global competitiveness, and that we face potential spectrum scarcities in both licensed and unlicensed bands that must be addressed in order for innovation and investment to move forward.
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