WASHINGTON, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Telecommunications and Information Administration on Tuesday (March 27) released a long-awaited report that identified a block of government-controlled wireless spectrum that could be auctioned for commercial use. The following statement should be attributed to Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president for public affairs, policy and communications:
"The NTIA's report indicates that the federal government is aggressively addressing the need to make more spectrum available for wireless mobile services. This is good news for consumers.
"While the report appropriately indicates that there will be hurdles and limitations in repurposing the 1755-1850 megahertz band for commercial use, its focus on achieving that objective is very encouraging. The key to continued innovation and growth in the wireless industry is the government's commitment to ensuring that sufficient spectrum is available to meet the expanding needs of consumers. Verizon looks forward to working with the NTIA and the other federal agencies to make the maximum amount of spectrum available for mobile use as soon as possible."
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