ALEC Applauds Congressional Approval of Spectrum Auctions to Promote Broadband

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ALEC Applauds Congressional Approval of Spectrum Auctions to Promote Broadband

Washington, D.C. (February 17, 2012) — Today the chairmen of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Communications and Technology Task Force expressed support for Congressional passage of legislation that authorizes the Federal Communications Commission to conduct incentive auctions to free up wireless spectrum to promote wireless broadband.

Blair Thoreson, a North Dakota State Representative and Public Sector Chairman of the Task Force, said, “Today, Congress has taken a long-overdue action that will greatly benefit the nation. Incentive auctions to repurpose spectrum for wireless broadband will help create new investment opportunities and job growth, as well as foster innovation and get broadband into the hands of more people.”

Bartlett Cleland, Policy Counsel for the Institute for Policy Innovation and Private Sector Chairman of the Task Force added, “The explosive growth in the use of wireless devices has underscored the need for more spectrum for broadband soon. With Congress’ action today, the government has finally cut through the red tape to meet consumers’ demands for high-speed mobile broadband.”

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