Entrepreneurs Support FCC Chairman Pai’s Latest Proposal to Free Valuable Spectrum

By at 11 December, 2019, 12:53 pm


For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, December 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will consider a notice of proposed rulemaking to reallocate 75 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band to be made available for more productive and innovative purposes, such as for unlicensed uses for WiFi and Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X) technology. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement in response to this positive action for small businesses, startups and innovation:

“The FCC proposal perfectly aligns with what’s needed in the market and will fully empower innovation. I strongly agree with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s assertion that operating under 1999 policy is not compatible with the 2020 needs of our platform-based digital economy. That is why making the 5.9 GHz band available, and maximizing its value, is so important. Increasing the nation’s WiFi capacity, especially in underserved communities, is critically important to entrepreneurship and small business growth.  America’s innovative capacity and creativity will also get a big boost with the availability of this spectrum.

“Making this fallow spectrum available for productive public use will help individuals, small businesses and communities tap into the resources they need to pursue opportunity.  Entrepreneurs can do more, create more and do what they do best when they have the innovative infrastructure and tools to support their ideas. Small businesses and entrepreneurs across the nation applaud Chairman Pai for his leadership on this important action.”


Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council president & CEO


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