Yesterday, in partnership with the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), we released our latest study, “Start-Up Savings: Boosting Entrepreneurship through Broadband Internet,” which details the 10 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Save Money Through Broadband Internet.
During a conference call with the media about the study, Karen Kerrigan, Chief Executive of the SBE Council, brought up a very good point when she said:
“Dependency on mobile apps and wireless broadband for entrepreneurs calls attention to spectrum — is there enough? [It’s] a wake up call along those lines, we need more spectrum and more investment. Policymakers need to be aware of this.”
While spectrum was not a major focus of our study, we obviously agree with Kerrigan that allocating more spectrum for mobile broadband is critical. In fact, our own Co-Chair Bruce Mehlman said as much in the press release following the study’s release, which was highlighted by Broadcasting & Cable’s John Eggerton:
“Now more than ever we need more spectrum in the hands of those actually serving our entrepreneurs, to ensure robust and reliable Internet service,” said Internet Innovation Alliance co-chair Bruce Mehlman… “Policies that allow the markets to deploy these resources to their highest and best use, rather than politicians’ preferences, will lead to a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem — that means more innovation, more jobs, more cost-savings for consumers and more start-up businesses in the United States.”