Attribute the following to an AT&T spokesperson:
“Clearing and auctioning spectrum below 3 GHz for exclusive, licensed use must remain a priority for the U.S. Government as we continue to seek ways to address the growing spectrum crunch and the ever growing demand for mobile broadband services. However, freeing up spectrum for unlicensed uses can also play an important role in more fully utilizing spectrum that is not ideal for mobile broadband use.
“AT&T has long recognized the value of unlicensed spectrum technologies, such as Wi-Fi, and we have built the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network. We fully support efforts to explore new unlicensed technologies that can play an important role in driving incremental network efficiency. Today’s action by the Commission is designed to do just that by making more unlicensed spectrum available in the 5 GHz band. It’s a step in the right direction, as is the Commission’s recent proposal to allow spectrum sharing in the 3.5 GHz band, as the industry tackles the insatiable demand for wireless services.”