WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new piece of legislation was introduced today that will require the reallocation and auction of frequencies 1755 to 1780 megahertz to support next generation wireless networks.
The following statement should be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, chairman of Mobile Future:
“We applaud the introduction of this legislation that will free up prime swaths of under-utilized wireless spectrum currently held by the U.S. government that can be repurposed to meet exploding consumer demand for mobile broadband. With more wireless connections than people in our country and North American wireless networks running at 80% of capacity, it is imperative that more spectrum be brought online quickly so Americans can achieve the wireless connectivity they expect and demand.
Freeing up government spectrum will help mitigate the spectrum crunch that is threatening to paralyze the vibrant wireless ecosystem that is fueling our 21st century economy. We appreciate the Subcommittee recognizing the urgency of making additional wireless spectrum available to fuel our technology-driven economy, and we strongly urge lawmakers to act quickly to spur continued investment and new economic opportunities.”
Jonathan Spalter, chairman of Mobile Future (http://www.mobilefuture.org), served as chief information officer at the United States Information Agency during the Clinton administration.
Additional information about Mobile Future can be found at www.mobilefuture.org