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CTIA Statement on the Introduction of Matsui-Guthrie 1755-1780 MHz Spectrum Bill

After U.S. Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA-6) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2) introduced a bill that would reallocate 1755-1780 MHz spectrum band so commercial wireless companies could purchase it at auction from the U.S. government, I issued the following statement:

“CTIA greatly appreciates Congresswoman Matsui’s and Congressman Guthrie’s leadership. Reallocating the 1755 to 1780 megahertz band for commercial use is critically important and the Matsui-Guthrie bill is an important step toward realizing that objective. We’re pleased that these two members of Congress are leading the effort to recognize that it is time for the United States to do what most of the rest of the developed world already has done, which is to open the 1755 band for commercial service. As Congress and stakeholders in the Administration and the FCC discuss how to move forward, the Matsui-Guthrie approach offers a path that can deliver a win for government users and industry alike, and most importantly for taxpayers, since linking the 1755 to 1780 band with the upcoming auction of the 2155 to 2180 band is likely to produce substantially higher revenue than an unpaired auction of the 2155 to 2180 band.”

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