Wireless Innovation Alliance Statement on Legislative Action to Preserve Unlicensed Spectrum
Feb. 17, 2012  |   Wireless Innovation Alliance

(Washington, D.C.) -- The agreement reached by Congress confirms FCC authority to preserve unlicensed access to TV band spectrum on a nationwide basis. The legislation advances unlicensed technologies in two important ways.

First, the legislation expressly recognizes the value of unlicensed technologies of the broadcast spectrum by confirming the FCC's existing authority to make vacant TV channels available for unlicensed use.

Second, the legislation acknowledges the FCC's authority to designate spectrum recaptured through incentive auctions for unlicensed use - both in the TV bands and beyond.

Congress' rejection of a requirement that the FCC auction all newly available spectrum, including unlicensed spectrum, underscores the general understanding that unlicensed spectrum is vital to our Internet economy. We would like to thank the large group of Senators, Members of Congress, companies, trade associations and public interest groups that rallied to support unlicensed technologies.

Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners McDowell and Clyburn are champions of unlicensed technologies, and we look forward to working with them to quickly make additional unlicensed spectrum resources available to American consumers and innovators.


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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