Background – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today announced his intent to introduce the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act. The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President-Federal Relations.

“AT&T applauds Senator Rockefeller’s commitment to introduce the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act.  Spectrum is a scarce and valuable national commodity, but we are encouraged by Senator Rockefeller’s action today that public safety will have sufficient resources to support a nationwide wireless broadband network.  It is vital that our first responders have access to a robust, interoperable network to ensure the public’s safety and preserve national security.   

“By authorizing the FCC to conduct incentive auctions, the Act will create a mechanism that will not only unleash new spectrum allocations for the wireless networks of the future, but will provide critical funding support.   This Act is poised to be a tremendous win for public safety and for wireless consumers.”

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