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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.