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CTIA Statement After the Reconfirmation of FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

Following the reconfirmation of FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, I said:

“On behalf of CTIA and its member companies, we congratulate Commissioner O’Rielly on his reconfirmation to the FCC and thank him for his continued dedication to public service. He understands the challenges that the wireless industry faces, and we appreciate his commitment to helping address those challenges in ways that encourage continued investment, innovation and American leadership. We look forward to continuing to work with Commissioner O’Rielly on the full range of issues before the FCC.”

CTIA Statement After the December FCC Open Meeting

Following the FCC's December Open Meeting, I said:

“Spectrum is key to the continued success of the mobile wireless ecosystem in the U.S., which is why the 600 MHz auction procedures must be structured in a way to provide bidders in the forward auction with transparency and confidence. We look forward to reviewing the details of the Public Notice, and to working with all stakeholders to ensure this auction brings the spectrum needed to meet the rapidly-growing consumer demand for mobile broadband and serve as a platform for our connected lives.”


AWS-3: A Major Down Payment on a Bright Wireless Future … And the Bidding Continues!

Yesterday marked the opening of Stage 2 of the Federal Communications Commission’s AWS-3 auction, and is an opportune moment to examine what has already become the highest-revenue generating auction in the 20-year history of the FCC’s spectrum auction program.

The AWS-3 auction – also known as Auction 97 – has been peppered with record-breaking moments, already making history by generating over $43 billion in provisional winning bids and unleashing 65 megahertz of prime spectrum for mobile broadband use. Although the bidding continues (and no licensees have been decided), the AWS-3 auction has already produced a number of “winners.”

First, the auction is a win for public safety. Within four days, the AWS-3 auction guaranteed full funding for FirstNet, the national public safety communications network. FirstNet, which is short for the First Responder Network Authority, will address interoperability and communications issues that pose challenges to today’s emergency responders. By creating an interoperable platform, first responders will be able to communicate with one another before, during and after an emergency, which is essential and long-overdue.

Second, the auction is a win for the federal deficit. The Middle Class Tax Relief Act PDF called for at least $20.4 billion in auction proceeds to reduce the federal deficit. While we will not know the net proceeds until the conclusion of the auction, it is clear that tens of billions of dollars in auction proceeds will go toward paying down the federal deficit, and will play a major role in deficit reduction to the benefit of all Americans.

Third, the auction is a major win for wireless consumers. The large sum bids by carriers in this auction demonstrate the wireless industry’s continued commitment to developing a strong mobile ecosystem. Once deployed, this spectrum will allow for more innovation in wireless and improved services for consumers. Most consumers don’t realize this, but the last major spectrum auction occurred in 2008, and was key to enabling our world leading networks today.

Finally, this auction is a win for future auctions, including the upcoming auction of broadcast television spectrum. This is the first major spectrum auction since 2008, and serves as an important affirmation of the wireless industry’s demand for spectrum. This auction also reinforces our understanding of the need for licensed paired spectrum, especially when it is substantially cleared and internationally harmonized. While CTIA applauds the FCC’s recent efforts in the area of unlicensed and lightly-licensed spectrum models, this auction shows there is no true substitute for exclusively-licensed spectrum for the wireless industry. These lessons are helpful as the Commission looks to finalize its rules for the broadcast television incentive auction and other future spectrum auctions.

While we celebrate the success of the AWS-3 auction, it is critical that we continue our progress toward implementing the broadcast television incentive auction and future spectrum auctions. We have much to do to meet Americans’ demand for mobile Internet, and that means we must move forward now to identify the next bands of spectrum for commercial wireless use. We cannot remain the world’s wireless leader by allowing six years between spectrum auctions. We want to work together with policymakers, NTIA, FCC and those federal government agencies that have unused and underutilized spectrum, to develop a plan so that this finite and valuable resource is put to its highest and best use.

CTIA and its members look forward to working with the Commission to create the next great spectrum auction success story.

#WirelessIsDifferent: Flexibility Protects Competition

Protecting the quality of services and competition, Virginia Tech University’s Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed explains the realities that make network exceptions unrealistic and flexible network management a necessity.

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#WirelessIsDifferent: The Unintended Consequences of FCC Regulation

From stifling innovation to decreased value to consumers, the unintended consequences of FCC regulations on wireless network management could have a significant negative impact says Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech University.

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AWS-3 Auction Success: Reserve Price Met

Yesterday was a banner day for ensuring the continued leadership of America in mobile broadband services. The FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction blew past the $10.07 billion reserve price for the spectrum licenses in just 4 days of bidding.

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#WirelessIsDifferent: Network Management Requires Flexibility

Virginia Tech University’s Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed explains the mechanics that make wireless possible that require flexibility and precision.


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Dr. Reed: An Expert’s View on the Net Neutrality Debate: November WOW Insider Interview

Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech University, talks about the technical challenges behind prioritization and the very real possibility that the U.S. will fall behind in next generation network technologies.

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