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Encourages new FCC Chairman and Commissioner to get down to business on spectrum auctions, IP Trials and ConnectED

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2013 – The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) today issued the following statement in response to Senate approval of Tom Wheeler and Michael O’Rielly for Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and FCC Commissioner, respectively, by unanimous consent:

“IIA sends its best wishes to Tom Wheeler, an astute, technology-industry veteran who is well-equipped to take the reins of the FCC at this important juncture in time.  We also warmly welcome Michael O’Rielly to his post as FCC Commissioner and look forward to his valuable contributions on highly important policy issues standing before the federal agency. There are both great opportunities and challenges before the FCC and, given the exponential growth in wireless broadband use and the larger technology transition to IP-enabled services that is underway across the country, their vision and influence will be instrumental in redefining and shaping America’s communications sector for decades to come.

“We urge Wheeler and O’Rielly to quickly roll up their sleeves on the IP transition, spectrum policy and ConnectED. To jumpstart network modernization, the Commission should give the green light on IP trials that will pave the way for a smooth transition to next-generation networks. With wireless users multiplying and available spectrum at a standstill, it’s critical that more spectrum be made available for commercial mobile services in short order, before demand hurdles supply. The FCC should take swift action to conduct open incentive auctions, approve secondary market transactions, and repurpose federal spectrum.

“And for the benefit of communities across the nation, Wheeler and O’Rielly should crystalize a vision for ConnectEd, an initiative that should help ensure access to high-speed broadband for our nation’s students both at school and at home. Technology is the fuel of the modern economic engine.”