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TIA Welcomes Successful FCC Auction of AWS-3 Spectrum that will Help with Spectrum Crunch & FirstNet

Arlington, Va. (Nov. 18, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced that it is pleased that bids in the FCC's ongoing auction of AWS-3 spectrum have exceeded the $10 billion reserve price for 50 MHz of paired spectrum.

The successful outcome of this auction will help mitigate the effects of the spectrum crunch caused by exploding consumer demand for mobile broadband. The auction will also provide significant funding towards the construction of FirstNet, the new national public safety broadband network. Moreover, the 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz bands are globally harmonized, allowing manufacturers to build wireless devices at lower cost while also potentially permitting international roaming more easily.

The AWS-3 auction represents the culmination of years of work by Congress, Department of Defense, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission in partnership with the information and communications technology (ICT) industry and wireless carriers. This includes significant efforts to address federal incumbent operations in the bands.

Even as the AWS-3 auction continues, TIA looks forward to working with stakeholders towards the successful implementation of future spectrum auctions, including the voluntary incentive auction of broadcast television spectrum.

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