Today, the Energy & Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3674, the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act and H.R. 3675, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act.  The following statement may be attributed to AT&T’s Executive Vice President-Federal Relations Tim McKone:

“I want to applaud Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden and Committee Ranking Member Henry Waxman and Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo for their leadership in moving these important pieces of legislation.”

“I also want to applaud Reps. Brett Guthrie and Doris Matsui for bringing creative solutions to our nation’s spectrum policy.  We believe the legislation, while not practical for all government agencies, provides a workable alternative to those agencies that have stopped using or have found alternative systems for their wireless communications needs.  The approaching spectrum crunch calls for unique proposals like this and others that will provide federal agencies the funding they need to research and develop new techniques and systems that will allow the agency to perform their mission. This bill’s approach directly incents agencies to clear spectrum for commercial auction, which will ultimately translate into economic growth, and, importantly, provide consumers with new and innovative mobile Internet services.”

“The FCC process reform bill modernizes FCC practices and procedures.  These much needed institutional reforms will help arm the agency with the tools to keep pace with the Internet speed of today’s marketplace.  It will also ensure that outmoded regulatory practices for today’s competitive marketplace are properly placed in the dustbin of history.” 

 “We look forward to working with Congress, the FCC, and all stakeholders to ensure the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act and the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act move forward to fruition.”

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