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Not surprisingly, the ubiquitous combination of incentive auctions/D Block re-allocation/Public Safety Network has made its way into the proposed American Jobs Act. Somewhat surprisingly, the spectrum piece is not simply a reprint of the Hutchison/Rockefeller S.911 Bill or the Democratic House discussion draft. It’s not even a straight cut and paste from Reid’s Debt Ceiling/Deficit Reduction draft (Reid being the one who introduced the President's Bill) that gave the broadcasters conniptions but raised the revenue for debt reduction.
As Harold has been saying, a long-term solution to the "spectrum crisis" is going to involve a lot more than just throwing more spectrum at the wireless industry. We also need to look at smarter ways of using spectrum. In this, we're in accord with NTIA, which recently told the FCC that they both "should explore ways to create incentives for more efficient use of limited spectrum resources, such as dynamic or opportunistic frequency sharing arrangements in both licensed and unlicensed uses." We're on the record as supporting these kinds of approaches.
Spectrum policy shouldn't be dogmatic.
Everyone involved in the National Broadband Plan (with the possible exception of broadcasters) says we need more spectrum. Everyone from Chairman Genachowski to the Department of Justice and the NTIA all agree we need “more spectrum“ to meet increasing demand and avoid a “spectrum crisis.”
As Gigi pointed out at the FCC workshop last October, this should sound familiar to anyone who has listened to our national debate on the “energy crisis.” And, like the energy crisis, we need a long-term sustainable strategy.
It will be “extremely difficult, if not impossible” to free
up more spectrum to be used solely by wireless services, Public Knowledge
President and co-founder Gigi B. Sohn said in remarks prepared for an
Oct. 8 FCC panel on spectrum issues.
The problem, she said at the San Diego hearing, is that most of the
spectrum that would have value to industry is controlled by the Defense
Department and Federal Aviation Administration. It will “prove
politically difficult” to reallocate that spectrum, she added,
noting that today spectrum that was supposed to have been cleared by
government users from a 2003 auction still is “bogged down and
reports that The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved
S. 649, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, which would give the NTIA
and FCC 180 days to present Congress with a complete inventory of the
radio frequencies that they manage from 300 Megahertz to 3.5 Gigahertz.
The key provision of the bill is a new Section 342 of the Communications
Act that would read: