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CTA Supports Spectrum Frontiers Proposals for 5G

Arlington, VA  – July 14, 2016 – 

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, regarding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s vote on the Spectrum Frontiers proposal to make more wireless broadband spectrum available for 5G and other flexible uses:

"American consumers and businesses are spectrum-hungry, needing more and more of this resource to power our increasingly wireless world. We applaud Chairman Wheeler and his colleagues for planning for our future, opening up swaths of high-band spectrum that will, among other things, support the development of 5G cellular technology. These new bands will be capable of delivering data at much higher speeds than what's currently available under 4G and LTE, improving the abilities of consumers to truly capitalize on the transformative power of wireless. And the Commission’s commitment to making some of this spectrum available on a lightly licensed or unlicensed basis will support the kind of permissionless innovation that has characterized the U.S. wireless market.

"We will be the first country in the world to open up high-band spectrum for 5G networks and applications, proving yet again that the United States is the world’s leader in innovation."