House Reps. Introduce Spectrum Auction Bill
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Enterprise Networking Planet has a report on the latest efforts at a compromise on Capital Hill by lawmakers to make certain parts of the wireless spectrum available for auction. However, as with any issues, there are privacy issues, lobbyists and business concerns.
In what appears to be an attempt at a political compromise, a pair of House lawmakers introduced on Thursday a bill that would pave the way for federal regulators to shift wireless spectrum for mobile broadband networks while protecting the rights of current license holders.
The Voluntary Incentive Auction Act, backed by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), would authorize the Federal Communications Commission to auction off portions of spectrum currently occupied by TV broadcasters, offering them a cut of the proceeds in exchange for giving up their licenses.