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Bring More Spectrum to the Market

Says mobile devices and wireless broadband are crucial for supporting American ingenuity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 27, 2012 – Responding to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) newly released report, “An Assessment of the Viability of Accommodating Wireless Broadband in the 1755-1850 MHz Band,” the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a broad-based coalition supporting broadband access and adoption for all Americans, today released the following statement from IIA Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher:

“The Administration’s proactive efforts to identify spectrum available for commercial deployment deserves recognition. Quickly making more of this limited, valuable resource available to fuel consumers’ smartphones, laptops and tablets is crucial for supporting the American ingenuity of small business owners, students, teleworkers and innovators across our nation.

“Consumers count on using their mobile-broadband-powered devices to be more productive, utilize educational resources, access better health care, and tap into job opportunities. It is essential that policy makers bring more spectrum to the market now so that wireless providers can meet consumer demand by expanding and enhancing their wireless broadband networks.”

IIA Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher was a 14-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, chaired the Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet and cofounded the Congressional Internet Caucus.