Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) today introduced legislation, “The Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act of 2013,” that would require the spectrum between 1755 MHz and 1780 MHz to be reallocated and auctioned for commercial mobile broadband use. Proceeds from the auction would go toward funding public safety.  The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President of Federal Relations:

“AT&T commends Congresswoman Matsui and Congressman Guthrie for introducing legislation that would free up spectrum that is critically important for the wireless industry.  While AT&T continues to work with federal agencies and industry on potential spectrum sharing scenarios of government-held spectrum, the economic benefits of an exclusive licensing framework cannot be denied. The wireless industry has invested billions of dollars in infrastructure under this framework.  Making the 1755 MHz to 1780 MHz spectrum available for commercial mobile broadband use will not only spur additional investment but will further help fund our nationwide public safety network.”

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