Even while government inches forward, industry is launching new technological improvements that will help satisfy consumer demand. Because of this, the nation's airwaves are being used more efficiently than ever before. New technologies are being designed and deployed with efficiency top of mind, and the industry continues to innovate to keep service available, fast and affordable.
Ultimately, however, there is no way around the need to transition spectrum from the government to the private sector - and to do it quickly and efficiently.
Doing so is only a first step in what needs to be a larger effort in years to come, but it will help ensure that the wireless revolution does not stall at this pivotal moment. It will help keep the United States as the world leader in technological innovation and make certain businesses have the wireless capabilities they need to compete globally. And of course, it will help make certain we all have our MTV - along with our YouTube and Facebook - wherever and whenever we want.
Grant Seiffert is the president of the Telecommunications Industry Association.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.