Statement by Anoop Gupta, Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy and Strategy, Microsoft

REDMOND, Wash – October 15, 2008 – Microsoft applauds the Federal Communications Commission for circulating a draft order among the Commissioners. The FCC has now crossed an important milestone in the path to establishing final rules of the road for the use of the white spaces.  Clearly the FCC’s internal work and its test process has provided enough information, guidance and technical input to move the process forward in allowing unlicensed use of the white spaces. 

We are pleased that the FCC and Chairman Martin plan to soon vote on this important matter.  We urge the Commissioners to come to a decision quickly and adopt rules that will allow all Americans to realize the full and enormous potential white spaces have to expand broadband access in underserved, urban, and rural areas and to enable a new wave of innovation and Internet services and products.

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