Lawmakers Praise AWS-3 Spectrum Auction, FirstNet Funding (11/25/14)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | Comments

Several lawmakers, including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton and Rep. Doris Matsui, co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Spectrum Caucus, praised the FCC’s ongoing AWS-3 spectrum auction. The auction has already resulted in more than $35 billion in revenue, which will pay to upgrade and relocate existing government spectrum users, fully fund the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and provide $20 billion to meet deficit reduction goals.

“The FCC’s airwave auction has been a remarkable success — a boon for American taxpayers,” said Upton. “To date, the auction has already raised enough money to cover the expenses to upgrade and relocate government spectrum users, pay for a nationwide first responder broadband network, and provide $20 billion to reduce the deficit. Importantly, it has also proved that increased cooperation between the many parts of our government can result in better spectrum use, more resources to fuel the cutting-edge communications tools of the 21st century, and a return on investment for the American people.”

“In addition to generating needed revenue, this spectrum auction provides an opportunity for wireless carriers to build out and enhance their networks, providing better coverage and faster speeds to their customers,” Matsui said. “This auction is clearly proving to be a major win for consumers, innovation, and public safety.”

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