FCC seeking more spectrum for wireless broadband

Feb 24, 2010

(AP) -- Federal regulators are hoping to find more wireless spectrum for mobile broadband services by reallocating some airwaves now in the hands of television broadcasters and other users.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday outlined a proposal that would let existing spectrum holders, including broadcasters, voluntarily give back some airwaves. In exchange, they would share in the proceeds raised by government auctions of those airwaves to wireless companies.

Genachowski says that finding more will be a key piece of the agency's plan to bring affordable high-speed Internet connections to all Americans. That plan, mandated by last year's stimulus bill, is due to Congress next month.

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winthrom
not rated yet Feb 24, 2010
Pay to Play:
"...the agency's plan to bring affordable high-speed Internet connections to all Americans." remove the word affordable and put in free if you want my approval. Lots of cities are providing free WiFi. What makes selling spectrum to companies so appealing?

"...a proposal that would let existing spectrum holders, including broadcasters, voluntarily give back some airwaves. In exchange, they would share in the proceeds raised by government auctions of those airwaves to wireless companies."

Right now the broadcasters have license to use the public airways, not ownership. The FCC can change these agreements when the public good is served. Why sell what we already own and then make us pay to use what we sold? When all the spectrum is owned by private service suppliers, the public airways are gone.

I guess selling your children to the highest bidder is fashionable in government these days.
CarolinaScotsman
not rated yet Feb 24, 2010
Tell government to keep its hands of off our free broadcast TV. Go to www.keepfreetvfree.com

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