Press Release | April 01, 2020

CTA Applauds FCC Decision to Increase Access to Unlicensed Spectrum for Tech Innovation

Elliot Grimm
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) upcoming vote to make 1200 megahertz of spectrum available for unlicensed use in the 6 GHz band:

“Today’s announcement by Chairman Pai is a win for America’s tech innovators and consumers. Unlicensed spectrum empowers the emerging technologies of today – AR/VR, drones, smart cities, artificial intelligence, telehealth – and those ideas yet to be imagined. We saw many of those innovations at CES® 2020, with startups in Eureka Park harnessing unlicensed spectrum to bring their products to life. 

“The FCC’s announcement comes at an especially critical time, when many Americans are relying on Wi-Fi connections to work remotely and communicate with friends and family. Allowing more bandwidth for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi will help expand connectivity when we need it most. I thank FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for his dedicated work on this important issue.”