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Public Knowledge Supports Spectrum Agreement

February 16, 2012 ,

Conferees for the Senate and House have agreed on
spectrum-auction provisions of a tax bill.

The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal
director of Public Knowledge:

“We commend the negotiators from the Senate and House
for coming up with a bill that will preserve the future of unlicensed spectrum
while also allowing for the Federal Communications Commission to have
flexibility in creating spectrum auctions to protect competition.

“We are also pleased that the conferees deleted
language preventing the FCC from implementing even the modest open Internet
rules for wireless services.

“We urge the full Senate and House to approve these
provisions as part of the overall tax package. 
We look forward to working with the Commission as they implement the
legislation, to make certain spectrum policy balances innovation and
competition.”