Thinking Globally, Acting on Mobile

One of the Commission’s biggest difficulties is to make sure our rules plus policies evolve to reflect major changes in the communications and technology surroundings. Two of the biggest developments of the digital age are that the economy has gone global and everything is going cellular. Today, I’m circulating two items to boost U. S. competitiveness within our global economy by removing barriers to private investment and unleashing mobile innovation.

Few sectors of our economy hold more promise for economic growth, job creation and U. S. management than mobile communications. The cellular apps economy is a “made-in-the-USA” phenomenon that has already created more than 750, 000 U. S. jobs. Greater than 99 percent of smartphones worldwide run U. S. operating systems, upward from about 20 percent last year. And one of the biggest edges for that U. S. is that we were the first in line to deploy LTE wireless networks at scale, making America the test mattress for early 4G innovation. Roughly half of American mobile subscribers experienced 4G connections at the end of 2014, in comparison to 13 percent of subscribers in Europe and 10 percent in Asian countries.

To maintain our management position, we need to continue looking to the future and act now to facilitate the next generation – the fifth generation – of mobile technology. The fifth generation of mobile networks could leverage both low-band plus high-band spectrum to provide significantly greater wi-fi broadband speeds for consumers.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking I am circulating today is a crucial step toward creating an environment for this next generation of wireless to develop, take hold, and explode across the United states of america.

This NPRM proposes a framework for flexible range use rules for bands over 24 GHz, including for cellular broadband use. Promoting flexible, dynamic spectrum use has been the bedrock that has helped the United States become a globe leader in wireless.

We are leveraging regulatory advances plus propose to use market-based mechanisms that will allow licensees to provide any service – fixed, mobile, private, commercial, plus satellite – depending on the band, and permit unlicensed uses to continue to increase. We are proposing to create a space that leverages the properties of this high band spectrum to simultaneously meet the needs of different users.

At the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference, one of the agenda items will set the bands to be studied for the future WRC-19. The bands we suggest in this NPRM are consistent with the particular U. S. position, and we are committed to working with both domestic plus international partners on developing guidelines for these bands and on conducting specialized sharing and compatibility studies.
We are not only thinking globally to make sure that we can export U. S. advancement, we want to make sure U. S. markets have clear rules of the road for foreign investment.

Thanks to the leadership and thoughtful program suggested by Commissioner Mike O’Rielly, the second item being circulated nowadays is a proposal that builds for the 2013 Broadcast Clarification Order simply by modernizing the processes for broadcasters to demonstrate compliance with foreign possession rules. In particular, the NPRM seeks comment on simplifying the foreign possession approval process for broadcast licensees by extending the rules and treatments that currently apply to other classes of licensees to broadcast licensees.

As a result, the proposed rules will update the filing and review process – many so it is better adapted to the current company environment – while at the same time preserving the particular Commission’s case-by-case public interest evaluation and national security protections.

Collectively, these actions can unleash innovation and investment plus help promote continued U. T. leadership in our global economy.


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