Udall Encourages FCC to Continue to Foster Competition in Wireless Industry
Mark Udall welcomed news that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has cleared a key obstacle in the process of permitting Colorado-based Dish Network to convert some of its wireless spectrum to pursue starting a nationwide mobile phone/broadband network, which would create jobs and boost the Colorado economy and create jobs. Udall added that more needs to be done to ensure that this opportunity for increased competition in the wireless industry becomes a reality and is not unnecessarily delayed by the technological standards process or other government proceedings.
"The FCC has made this valuable spectrum available for DISH to move forward with a new wireless network, but more needs to be done to ensure that bureaucratic approval of technology standards and regulators do not stand in the way of so many new Colorado jobs," Udall said.
Udall has regularly urged the FCC to remove red tape and encourage competition and innovation in the wireless communications industry.
Udall has been a vocal advocate for Colorado’s thriving business community and the work they do to create jobs, from startups to more established businesses. For example, Udall has actively promoted policies to reduce the burdens on Colorado’s booming brewing industry and has been the leading voice on providing certainty to Colorado’s wind energy industry. Perhaps most notably, in 2011, Udall pushed through Congress a deregulatory law that allows U.S. ski resorts to engage in year-round outdoor activities, thus boosting mountain community economies and job creation.
Udall also has been a longtime proponent of improving communications infrastructure and connectivity throughout Colorado. Udall recently welcomed news that the FCC was expanding cell phone coverage in Baca, Conejos, Hinsdale, Jackson, Larimer, Las Animas, Mineral, Pueblo and Saguache counties. And earlier this year, he welcomed news that the FCC was working with CenturyLink to provide rural Coloradans with better access to broadband Internet.