CEA Praises FCC Auction Action


CEA / Consumer Electronics AssociationThe broadcast reaction to the FCC’s spectrum auction plan was very negative. That was not the case on the digital side, where Consumer Electronics Association CEO/President Gary Shapiro gave it a generally good review.

But Shapiro expressed some concerns.

He said there was still work to do to assure that wireless companies acquiring spectrum in the auction aren’t confronted with harmful interference.

Shapiro state, “Today, the FCC adopted rules for the world’s first incentive auction of wireless spectrum.  Getting more spectrum to market will accelerate our nation’s economic growth, create more jobs, and promote innovative wireless broadband services, products and applications for consumers.

“Today’s Orders represent a major milestone, but the Commission and all stakeholders have more hard work ahead. The Commission must adopt and enforce rules to protect wireless services from harmful interference, and it must identify additional spectrum resources to support growing consumer demand for both licensed and unlicensed wireless services.

“We thank the FCC leadership and staff for their tireless efforts to bring the incentive auction into focus. We are committed to working with the FCC and all stakeholders to ensure the auction’s success – for consumers and for the U.S. economy.”