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TIA Files Comments with NTIA on Spectrum Relocation Technical Panel and Dispute Resolution Process

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TIA Files Comments with NTIA on Spectrum Relocation Technical Panel and Dispute Resolution Process

ARLINGTON, VA (August 1, 2012) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, filed comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on their proposed regulations governing the Technical Panel and dispute resolution boards established by Congress to facilitate the relocation of, and spectrum sharing with, U.S. Government stations in spectrum bands reallocated from Federal use to non-Federal use or to shared use.

In its comments, TIA said it “supports the expertise of NTIA in facilitating the process of a Spectrum transition” and noted that the “transition has been identified as imperative to national policy.” The Association underscored the concerns expressed by many of a looming “spectrum crunch,” as the demand for mobile application out-strips available capacity "with America’s use of mobile connectivity growingexponentially."

TIA questioned NTIA’s proposed definitions for “non-Federal user.” The Associated said that a narrow definition would, for example, exclude non-licensed spectrum users who want to participate in the dispute resolution process. TIA said: "Non-licensed users are significant stakeholders in the process and should not be denied access to the process. TIA argues that any party with interest should be able to participate in the process as a non-Federal user and should have the ability to raise the issues it may have."

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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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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