Mobile Future

Mobile Future Statement on White House Spectrum Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 6, 2011

New Report Outlines Spectrum Challenges for Consumers, Mobile Innovation and America’s Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, policymakers, economists and technology experts from around the country gathered at the White House to discuss the economic and consumer benefits of bringing additional spectrum to the marketplace. The event, “Spectrum Auctions: Unlocking the Innovative Potential of Wireless Broadband,” discussed the consumer and economic benefits from freeing up more spectrum for wireless services.

The following statement should be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, chairman of Mobile Future:

“Today’s White House spectrum summit underscores the broad recognition that growing consumer demand for wireless technologies and mobile innovations are fundamentally transforming our nation’s economic future. Efficiently and responsibly making more spectrum available through incentive auctions is critical to help meet President Obama’s ambitious goal of expanding access to wireless broadband to 98 percent of Americans. The economists at today’s event clearly explained why the estimated $28 billion in new revenues from incentive auctions is a winning proposition for the U.S. Treasury, American consumers and the economy and we urge Congress and the FCC to move as quickly as possible to make more wireless spectrum commercially available.”

 

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Jonathan Spalter, chairman of Mobile Future (www.mobilefuture.org), is a resident of Berkeley and 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