Matsui Statement at Markup of FCC Reauthorization Legislation

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Washington, October 11, 2017 | comments
Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) delivered the following statement at a Communications and Technology Subcommittee markup of FCC reauthorization legislation:

I am pleased we are coming together today in a bipartisan manner to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission. The issues facing the Commission are critical to the advancement of our digital economy and to our country’s prosperity.

I hope to continue to work with the Committee on other important priorities as well. As Ranking Member Pallone mentioned, we need to ensure that our local broadcasters have the resources they need to transition following our successful incentive auction.

That auction was a result of diligent bipartisan work between the Committee and federal agencies to find creative solutions to free up spectrum.

Spectrum is a finite resource. With the possibility of 5G on the horizon, there is no doubt that spectrum will be critical to achieving a robust national network that reaches all Americans. That is why I joined Representative Guthrie in introducing the “Federal Spectrum Incentive Act” to provide financial incentives for federal agencies to relinquish any unused spectrum to be repurposed for commercial use.

I look forward to continuing to work with the Committee on this legislation and other spectrum initiatives.

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