At a hearing conducted by the House Communications, Technology and Internet Subcommittee, the leader of wireless association CTIA stressed the need for quick FCC and congressional action to address a looming shortage of spectrum needed for mobile broadband and other advanced wireless services. Meanwhile, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) president Gordon Smith reiterated his industry’s concerns with proposals that envision the reassignment of broadcast television frequencies for wireless use, as he told lawmakers, “our national priorities should recognize the value that free over-the-air broadcasting brings to every American.” Tuesday’s hearing was convened to consider two pieces of pending legislation: (1) the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act (HR- 3125), which would require the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to inventory spectrum between 225 MHz and 10 GHz and recommend what spectrum (if any) should be reallocated, and (2) the Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act (HR-3019), which is intended to improve the process for relocating federal government spectrum users from bands reallocated for commercial use. While citing estimates that the U.S. wireless industry needs an additional 150 MHz of spectrum “to simply keep up with the explosion in wireless data usage,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA), a sponsor of HR-3125, announced, “before we can start identifying bands of spectrum that might be made available . . . we need to understand how existing spectrum is allocated and utilized.” As Waxman added that HR-3125 “represents a critical first step in developing a forward-looking spectrum policy,” CTIA President Steve Largent—who has said the wireless industry needs an additional 800 MHz of spectrum within the next six years to keep pace with subscriber demand—termed both pending bills as “muchneeded bookends” that could bolster spectrum goals. Pointing out that a government-mandated inventory means “looking at all users and uses,” Largent also called for quick action, declaring that the industry “simply can’t wait until 2020 or beyond” for a solution to the spectrum shortage. While agreeing that “a comprehensive, objective examination of spectrum allocation and usage is a worthy endeavor,” Smith warned against plans that contemplate the use of channels currently allocated to broadcasters, as he derided the prioritization of wireless broadband services over broadcast television as a “false choice.”