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TIA Applauds the FCC on Progress towards Groundbreaking Voluntary Incentive Auction

Arlington, VA (May 15, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for taking important steps towards a first-of-its-kind voluntary incentive auction.

“This is another important moment for American consumers who are tethered to their smartphones and tablets,” said Grant Seiffert, president of TIA.  “The FCC is setting out the rules under which spectrum being voluntarily relinquished by television broadcasters will be made available for mobile broadband use.  This spectrum is essential for industry to keep pace with exploding demand and with the rapid pace of innovation in the mobile ICT marketplace.”

Seiffert continued, “The incentive auction represents another critical step towards the national goal of making 500 MHz of new spectrum available to satisfy America’s thirst for mobile broadband.  Moreover, maximizing revenue from the auction is also essential for funding FirstNet, the interoperable national public safety broadband network.  TIA looks forward to reviewing the rules adopted today and working with the Commission as it strives to hold the auction by mid-2015.  Chairman Wheeler and his fellow commissioners, as well as Congress, are to be congratulated for their actions that have led to today’s important steps.”

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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