CTIA: Earthquake Demonstrates Need For More Spectrum

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Add CTIA, the wireless industry lobby, to those using Tuesday's earthquake to push for more spectrum from the government.

While CTIA president Steve Largent said Wednesday that no towers went down and no networks failed as a result of the earthquake, which meant infrastructure was not damaged, lack of spectrum and the resulting congestion were the culprits for delays in calls getting through.

"Yesterday's earthquake underscored the vital need for our industry to get more spectrum," said Largent in a statement. CTIA has been pushing the government to reclaim spectrum from broadcasters. "While television and radio played a role in helping to disseminate information to consumers, most Americans used their mobile devices to find out if their family and friends were safe," Largent said."[T]o ensure more people can use their wireless devices when there's a significant increase of users, we must get more spectrum, and fast," said Largent.

In the wake of the quake, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and public safety officials have used the ensuing communications congestion to argue for passage of legislation authorizing the Federal Communications Commission to compensate broadcasters for exiting spectrum to make more spectrum space for wireless service, voice and broadband.

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