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CEA Commends FCC for Taking Crucial Step Toward Spectrum Incentive Auction

May 15, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding today’s Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote on rules for the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction:

“Today’s vote is a milestone for American consumers, industry and innovation. By approving the rules for the world’s first TV broadcast voluntary spectrum incentive auction, the FCC has taken a crucial step toward unleashing valuable spectrum to help fuel our growing demand for ‘anywhere/anytime’ connectivity.

“Now, it’s up to broadcasters to work with the FCC and industry stakeholders to ensure that the auction is a success. We’re facing a nationwide spectrum shortfall and the number of American homes that watch over-the-air programming remains at all-time lows. The spectrum auction presents a tremendous opportunity to free up this much-needed resource.

“We applaud Chairman Wheeler, the commissioners and dedicated FCC staff for their commitment to U.S. innovation and the wireless economy. And we look forward to working with the commission to expand access to both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.”

For a closer look at the myriad of ways wireless spectrum fuels American innovation, click here to watch an animated short produced by CEA.

About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media:


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