CEA Praises Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Effort to Expand Wi-Fi

"We enthusiastically applaud congressional members for taking a bipartisan and bicameral approach toward increasing speeds and easing congestion for Wi-Fi by identifying new spectrum for unlicensed uses.

Arlington, Va., February 10, 2015 - The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), regarding today's introduction of the House and Senate Wi-Fi Innovation Act by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.):


"We enthusiastically applaud congressional members for taking a bipartisan and bicameral approach toward increasing speeds and easing congestion for Wi-Fi by identifying new spectrum for unlicensed uses.

"Unlicensed spectrum is a catalyst for innovation, how we get online through Wi-Fi and how our wireless carriers manage the ever-growing traffic on their networks. And unlicensed spectrum is a boon to the U.S. economy, generating $62 billion a year.

"A look around the show floor at the 2015 International CES confirmed: from smart homes and unmanned systems to streaming content and wearables, many of today's consumer technology innovations are mobile-first, connected to the Web and to one another.

"The Federal Communications Commission has already committed to freeing up underutilized high-frequency spectrum in the lower 5 GHz band for Wi-Fi. And the study initiated by this legislation should empower the FCC to explore putting even more of this spectrum to use for faster Wi-Fi."

Need help imagining life without unlicensed spectrum? Click here for a look at A Day Without Unlicensed Spectrum, an animated video produced by CEA.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $223 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory 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 CE.org.

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