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TIA Applauds Senate Commerce Committee Passage of S. 911, 'Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act'

Washington, D.C. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) applauds the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for passing S. 911, "The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act," under the bipartisan leadership of the committee, Chairman John D. Rockefeller, IV (WV) and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX).

"For too long, the nation's first responders have not had access to a nationwide, truly interoperable, broadband network for their use. Today's action by the Senate Commerce Committee is a significant step towards this milestone," said TIA President Grant Seiffert.
 
In its July 2004 report, the 9/11 Commission stated that "the inability to communicate was a critical element at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Somerset County, Pennsylvania, crash sites, where multiple agencies and multiple jurisdictions responded. The occurrence of this problem at three very different sites is strong evidence that compatible and adequate communications among public safety organizations at the local, state, and federal levels remains an important problem." The Commission also called out the need for additional spectrum for public safety's use.
 
"Nearly 10 years after 9/11 and 7 years after the Commission's findings, it's past time for the deployment of a nationwide interoperable public safety network to move forward. How to achieve this goal has been the subject of much debate over the past several years and today's action by the Senate Commerce Committee helps advance this laudable and commonsensical goal," continued Seiffert. "TIA is also pleased that this bill includes critical provisions improving spectrum management overall and providing the FCC with the authority to hold voluntary incentive spectrum auctions that are critical to ensuring the commercial sector has access to the spectrum necessary to meeting the voracious appetite for wireless devices and applications."
 
Earlier this spring, TIA released a White Paper, "Broadband Spectrum: The Engine for Innovation, Job Growth, and Advancement of Social Priorities," highlighting in no uncertain terms the demand for additional spectrum and the critical need for more efficient allocation of this resource. "Over the past several months the attention to the need for additional spectrum for commercial use has been building. Whether it be by the FCC, which noted that the average projection for wireless data growth by 2014 was 3,506%, or 'Cisco's Global Mobile Data Forecast,' which stated that traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 92 percent from 2010 to 2015, there is a growing drum beat regarding the need for increased access to this most critical resource. Congress must act swiftly to grant the FCC this authority so that the spectrum pipeline can be filled," said Seiffert.
 
"TIA looks forward to continuing to work with policymakers in the Administration, Congress and the FCC to advance the goals of freeing additional spectrum for commercial use and building out a nationwide interoperable public safety network."
 
About TIA
 
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing 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.
 
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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.

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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