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January 7, 2013

The Memorandum of Understanding signed between BEREC and the FCC shall be activated, as discussed by Dr. Leonidas Kanellos and Mr. Julius Genachowski, during their informal meeting at the BEREC Plenary in Malta, last December. The two authorities will cooperate by exchanging regulatory expertise on issues of common interest for Europe and the USA, such as spectrum optimization for mobile broadband, so as to promote market expansion, social inclusion and consumer welfare.

In his speech before the BEREC Plenary, FCC President outlined the results of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference that was recently held in Dubai and called for an "open Internet" as a tool for innovation and economic growth. Julius Genachowski also presented the new spectrum liberalization policy adopted by the FCC, which aims at increasing the availability of more frequency bands to support nationwide coverage and innovative content delivery. Frequencies voluntarily released by TV stations in the U.S. against financial remuneration, are auctioned by the FCC through a specialized process, called incentive auction, to wireless broadband networks.