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Rosenworcel Praises White House Spectrum Initiative

FCC Commissioner Has Long Advocated Incentivizing Government to Take Multi-pronged Approach to Freeing Up Spectrum 6/14/2013 8:05 AM Eastern
 
Count FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel in the president's corner when it comes to the just-announced initiative to encourage more government spectrum sharing as a way to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband.

It is not surprising, since she has long advocated a honey over vinegar approach to attracting government agency interest in sharing spectrum.

"I strongly support the initiatives outlined in the Presidential Memorandum, especially using incentives as a catalyst for freeing more federal spectrum for commercial use," Rosenworcel said in a statement. "These initiatives are a significant step towards meeting the country's spectrum needs. I look forward to working with our federal partners as we strive to reach the president's goals."

"President Obama has recognized the importance of finding new spectrum to ensure America's leadership in mobile broadband....Our traditional three-step process for reallocating federal spectrum -- clearing federal users, relocating them, and then auctioning the cleared spectrum for new use -- is reaching its limits," she said, which it why she has favored incentivizing government participation.

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