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Spectrum

Many of today's consumer technology innovations are connected to the web and to one another. With less than 10 percent of Americans now relying on over-the-air spectrum to watch TV, and more consumers using spectrum-hungry devices like tablets, smartphones and streaming devices, we need  more unlicensed spectrum than ever. Unlicensed spectrum is how we get online through Wi-Fi and how our wireless carriers manage constantly increasing traffic on their networks, and it is an ongoing catalyst for innovation.

We estimate that unlicensed spectrum generates $62 billion a year for the U.S. economy (PDF). Moreover, sales of devices that rely on unlicensed spectrum are on the rise, at the cumulative annual growth rate of roughly 30 percent.

To keep pace with today's innovations and consumers demands, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission need to explore putting even more of this spectrum to use for faster
 Wi-Fi.

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