WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to today's announcement by the FCC that the AWS-3 spectrum auction has closed after raising $44.9 billion, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:
"We congratulate Chairman Wheeler and his staff – along with key members of the House and Senate involved in shaping spectrum policy – for a job well done on the remarkably successful AWS-3 auction. This auction's success is a tremendous point of pride for our nation's broadcasters, as our work to share BAS spectrum with the Department of Defense paved the way for this groundbreaking event.
"We are proud of our hard work under incredibly tight timelines to develop a sharing framework with DOD so that we can now realize a fully funded nationwide, interoperable public safety network and make a meaningful dent in the federal deficit."
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