Wireless Broadband and the Future of Spectrum Policy

July 29, 2015

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a full committee hearing entitled “Wireless Broadband and the Future of Spectrum Policy" on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. (previously scheduled at 10:00 a.m.).
 
Numerous wireless broadband technologies deliver high-speed wireless Internet access over radio waves to consumers’ devices, including 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE), fixed wireless services, Wi-Fi, and satellite services. While radio spectrum is abundant, usable spectrum is limited by the constraints of modern technology, physics, and how spectrum is allocated for various uses. Advancements in technology have made useable frequencies once thought to be unusable spectrum and allowed spectrum users to co-exist closer together while avoiding interference. Current U.S. spectrum policy involves managing channels of radio frequencies to avoid interference and making decisions about how radio frequencies will be allocated and who will have access to them.
 
The hearing on Wednesday will explore U.S. spectrum policy and how it should be improved to accommodate consumers' growing demands for wireless broadband. Witnesses have been asked to address how federal spectrum policy may need to change to meet national challenges and what role Congress should play in establishing a successful spectrum strategy over the next few decades.
 
Witnesses:

•    The Honorable Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA-The Wireless Association
•    Dr. Pierre de Vries, Co-Director of the Spectrum Policy Initiative, Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado School of Law
•    Dr. Thomas Lenard, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
•    Mr. Blair Levin, Former Executive Director, National Broadband Plan
•    The Honorable Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

**10:30 a.m. (previously scheduled at 10:00 a.m.)**

Full Committee hearing

This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on this page.

Webcast

Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Bill Nelson

Witness Panel 1