ARLINGTON, VA (December 12, 2012) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today commended the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to facilitate spectrum sharing and small cell wireless broadband service in the 3.5 GHz band.  TIA released the following statement:

“The FCC’s adoption of the NPRM is a commendable and significant step towards addressing the looming spectrum crunch and meeting National goal of making 500 MHz newly available for broadband use within 10 years,” said TIA President Grant Seiffert.  “After careful and exhaustive planning to avoid harmful interference occurrences within and surrounding it, we believe that the 3.5 GHz band could be used advantageously for small cell use, and that more efficient use of this band could help decrease congestion in other bands. TIA supports the Commission’s commencement of this examination, and looks forward to providing the Commission with the consensus views of the information and communications technology (ICT) manufacturer, vendor, and supplier community.”

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