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CEA Applauds FCC for Action on Key Spectrum Issues

Arlington, VA – March 31, 2014 – 
The following statement is attributable to Julie Kearney, vice president of regulatory affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding today’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) open meeting:
“We are thrilled the commission under Chairman Wheeler's leadership today continues the previous commission's recognition that spectrum is the oxygen for innovation. The commissioners' decision to transition underutilized spectrum to more efficient uses puts a vital public resource to work for U.S. consumers and innovators, while also balancing the interests of incumbent users.  

 “By opening spectrum in the 5 GHz frequency band for unlicensed uses like Wi-Fi and making AWS-3 spectrum available for services like mobile broadband, the FCC is helping to ease spectrum constraints and build a foundation for sustainable spectrum policy. This will expand opportunities for new business models, experimentation and ubiquitous connections to the Internet across a wide range of consumer electronics.
“We applaud the chairman and leadership for their commitment to U.S. innovation and the wireless economy and look forward to working with the commission to expand access to licensed and unlicensed spectrum.”
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