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Walden, Latta Welcome Progress on Efforts to Increase Unlicensed Spectrum


WASHINGTON, DC – Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Vice Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) today issued the following statement on FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s announcement regarding implementation of a provision of the spectrum law that would make more unlicensed spectrum available:

“We applaud Chairman Genachowski for announcing the FCC will examine the spectrum in the 5GHz band for unlicensed devices and services, as directed by the spectrum law Congress passed last year,” said Walden and Latta. “Focusing additional unlicensed development in that spectrum, which is particularly well suited for such purposes, will enable us to maximize use of other spectrum, returned by broadcasters, for auction of wireless licenses. This approach will not only best meet our mobile broadband goals, but also maximize revenue for construction of the nationwide public safety network, another key objective of the spectrum law.”


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