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Arlington, Va. (Nov. 18, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced that it is pleased that bids in the FCC's ongoing auction of AWS-3 spectrum have exceeded the $10 billion reserve price for 50 MHz of paired spectrum.

The successful outcome of this auction will help mitigate the effects of the spectrum crunch caused by exploding consumer demand for mobile broadband. The auction will also provide significant funding towards the construction of FirstNet, the new national public safety broadband network. Moreover, the 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz bands are globally harmonized, allowing manufacturers to build wireless devices at lower cost while also potentially permitting international roaming more easily.


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