Statement on Issa/Eshoo Letter on Unlicensed Economy
Jun. 16, 2015  |   Wireless Innovation Alliance

Earlier today, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) sent the attached letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on the importance of establishing the technical rules necessary to allow unlicensed use of the 600 MHz band. The Wireless Innovation Alliance (WIA) released the statement below in response.

Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) continue to be unwavering champions for the protection and expansion of our unlicensed economy. As they reminded FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at this most important time in determining the future of spectrum in America, unlicensed spectrum produces more than $140 billion in economic value every year and is the vital lifeblood of countless products and services we rely on each and every day. The unique characteristics of TV white spaces (TVWS) makes sub 1GHz unlicensed spectrum essential to meeting the nation’s rural broadband needs while spurring job growth and economic investment in our underserved communities. By establishing the necessary technical rules to allow unlicensed use in the TVWS of the 600 MHz band in every market nationwide, we can move a step closer to providing all Americans with the broadband services they deserve regardless of their zip code.

ABOUT WIA

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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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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