Here is a statement from CTIA-The Wireless Association in response to the White House’s “Spectrum Auctions: Unlocking the Innovative Potential of Wireless Broadband” Forum:
“Today’s White House forum with FCC Chairman Genachowski, Austan Goolsbee and Jason Furman was an important session that continued to highlight the many benefits that wireless broadband currently provides and will offer in the future. There is no question that the ability to access the Internet at anytime and anywhere is beneficial for everyone, whether it’s to remotely monitor a patient’s health or manage a fleet of school buses.
“The forum participants and the letter from 112 economists explained that there are significant economic benefits that will flow from adoption of incentive auction legislation and reallocation of spectrum from lower value broadcast use to higher value mobile broadband use.
“Despite today’s challenging economic conditions, a broadcast incentive auction for underused or unused spectrum could generate more than $30 billion for the U.S. Treasury. Once this spectrum is auctioned, it will fuel the ‘virtuous cycle’ of innovation and competition that Americans have come to expect from our industry, which provides them with the best wireless products and services.
“We appreciate the leadership of the White House, the FCC Chairman and other policymakers who are working hard to secure more spectrum for our industry. Let’s move quickly to get this spectrum to auction so the wireless industry can continue to lead the world in innovation.”