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TIA Applauds Wi-Fi Innovation Act Sponsors for Urging FCC to Move Forward on Testing in 5.9 GHz Band

Arlington, Va. (September 11, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded the sponsors of the bipartisan, bicameral Wi-Fi Innovation Act for urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move forward on testing for unlicensed operations in the 5.9 GHz band.

In their letter to Chairman Wheeler, the sponsors noted that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is moving forward with a rulemaking on vehicle-to-vehicle devices, so the FCC must therefore "seize this opportunity" to conduct testing and find solutions to interference now.

TIA President Grant Seiffert commented, "TIA remains confident that any potential interference issues can be successfully resolved in a manner that enables increased use of the band for technologies such as Wi-Fi while not compromising the efficacy or safety of potential intelligent transportation systems (ITS) uses of the band. Swift testing holds the promise of creating a win-win scenario that allows this valuable spectrum resource to be used more efficiently."

TIA thanks Senators Rubio and Booker and Representatives Latta, Eshoo, Issa, and Matsui for their sponsorship of the Wi-Fi Innovation Act, and for their continuing work on this issue.

The letter sent to the FCC Chairman is at this link.

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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.

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