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Statement

FCC Reauthorization Act Removes Hurdle to Future Auctions Critical for 5G

February 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the FCC Reauthorization Act being voted on in the Energy and Commerce Committee today, the following statement should be attributed to Robert M. McDowell, Chief Public Policy Advisor of Mobile Future: 

“The Federal Communications Commission is charged with oversight of one of the most dynamic sectors of our economy. The FCC Reauthorization Act being voted on in the Energy and Commerce Committee today directs the agency to make needed reforms and importantly, the bill includes a legislative fix to ensure the FCC can conduct new spectrum auctions. This removes a critical hurdle the FCC identified, which prevents financial institutions from holding large sums from auction deposits put up by spectrum auction bidders. Making more of our airwaves available for mobile broadband is a key ingredient for American leadership in 5G, the next generation of wireless technology. Mobile Future looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to ensure the FCC is equipped with the right tools to expand the benefits of the digital economy to every American.  It is also appropriately named in honor of Ray Baum, a longtime telecom policy leader, dedicated family man, and loyal friend to all who passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.”