Today I issued this statement:
“Today’s action to make repurposed broadcast spectrum available for wireless broadband service is vital to ensuring America’s wireless industry remains the world’s leader in the deployment of 4G services.
“As the Administration, Members of Congress, the FCC and other policymakers have recognized, making additional spectrum available for wireless broadband services will spur infrastructure investment, encourage job creation and foster innovation. Studies suggest that this process could generate infrastructure investments of up to $53 billion, provide as much as $151 billion in GDP and create as many as 771,000 jobs by 2016. In addition, incentive auctions will generate billions in revenue for the U.S. Treasury.
“This additional spectrum will help CTIA’s members meet Americans’ voracious appetite for mobile Internet anywhere and anytime. While current usage is significant with more than 340 billion MB of wireless data used in the first half of 2011, mobile data usage is expected to grow by a factor of 16 over the next five years. The spectrum made available by this legislation is key to meeting that demand, as well as to enabling the industry to support advances in areas like mHealth and smart energy.”