Wireless Innovation Act

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In January 2007, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., reintroduced the Wireless Innovation Act, (Govtrack) which would require the FCC to permit license-free use of the unassigned broadcast spectrum between 54 MHz and 698 MHz. The legislation is designed to enable entrepreneurs to provide affordable, competitive high-speed wireless broadband services in areas that otherwise have no broadband connectivity to the Internet.

“Just as President Roosevelt recognized a responsibility to make electricity available to rural families in his New Deal, and just as President Eisenhower recognized the necessity of a National Highway System that would enable substantial economic growth in the country, it is time for us to make this technology available to the hard-to-reach communities that need it – rural and urban,” Kerry said in a statement.[1] “At a time when the U.S. is lagging behind much of the world in broadband penetration – and more than 60% of the country does not subscribe to broadband service primarily because it is either unavailable or unaffordable – this legislation would put this country one step closer to achieving ubiquitous broadband Internet access throughout America.”


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  1. John Kerry, Kerry Introduces Wireless Innovation Act to Spur New Broadband Connections, Kerry's press office, Jan. 10, 2007.

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