The following is a statement by Steve Pociask, president and CEO for the American Consumer Institute:

“The FCC’s decision to move forward with the C-band auction before the end of 2020, and provide incumbents with incentive payments to clear bands by 2021, is a win for America in the race to 5G. Mid-band spectrum is crucial to delivering 5G services to consumers across the country. Today’s decision by the FCC is a win for American consumers looking forward to reaping the benefits of 5G technology and services. Thank you to the FCC and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for recognizing the importance of this vote, and recognizing that auctions on mid-band spectrum must take place soon for the U.S. to remain competitive in the race to 5G.”