Consumer Choice In Device and Content On The Horizon
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today voted to adopt auction and service rules for the 700 MHz spectrum. In addition to allocating spectrum to public safety organizations, the rules also would allow consumers to connect to new wireless networks using the devices and applications of their choice.
The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA):
“CEA commends the Commission for adopting rules regarding public safety and new wireless uses in the spectrum to be vacated by broadcasters at the successful completion of the transition to digital television. CEA has long supported consumers’ right to connect their choice of devices to networks so long as these devices cause no harm.
With today’s decision, consumers will soon enjoy the right to attach devices and download applications of their choosing to a portion of this spectrum. We urge the Commission to ensure that the auction of this spectrum remains on track so that consumers can quickly begin enjoying the benefits realized by the timely conclusion of the DTV transition.”
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $148 billion U.S. consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,100 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, digital imaging, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. CEA’s resources are available online at http://www.CE.org, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.
CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.