HTSC Backs FCC On Voluntary Auctions

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Washington - The High Tech Spectrum Coalition (HTSC), comprising four leading technology trade organizations and leading U.S. high-tech companies, said it applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for hosting a spectrum summit today to explore the economic and social benefits of mobile broadband and policy proposals to make more spectrum available for mobile broadband. 

HTSC specifically commended the FCC for its leadership in proposing that voluntary incentive auctions be added to its toolbox in order to free up more mobile broadband spectrum in a timely manner. 

The coalition also applauds the FCC on release of its in-depth report regarding the critical need for additional mobile broadband spectrum in the near future and the significant economic value created by making new spectrum available, the trade group said.

As the FCC's National Broadband Plan and President Obama's June spectrum memo recommend, the United States should make 500MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband by 2020, 300MHz of which the NBP specifies should be made available for mobile use by 2015.

The members of HTSC -- including the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and leading U.S. high tech companies -- recently joined forces to advocate for legislation that will grant the FCC the authority to hold voluntary incentive auctions. 

HTSC said it looks forward to working with Congress, the FCC, and the Obama administration to ensure that the U.S. has the necessary tools to meet the aggressive spectrum goals set forth by the NBP and the White House.


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