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Let the Spectrum Auctions Begin, Says CTA

Arlington, VA – March 29, 2016 – 

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) begins the world’s first TV broadcast spectrum incentive auction:

“American’s need  for spectrum usable by wireless devices is huge and will only continue to grow. So we’re excited for this vital opportunity to obtain more spectrum to ensure ubiquitous and competitive broadband. As the percentage of Americans who rely on over-the-air television hits single digits, Congress correctly decided  that spectrum can be used for a higher and better purpose: supporting the mobile broadband economy. This auction should  lead to innovation, new services and jobs.

“We applaud the FCC leadership and staff for their tireless work to set up an auction that preserves coverage areas of broadcasters while meeting Congress’ goal of expanding access to wireless broadband. And we look forward to its success: with more than 100 entities lined up to purchase that spectrum, we are one step closer toward ensuring Americans’ access to the anytime, anywhere connectivity they have come to expect.”

About the Consumer Technology Assocation


Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.