White House Endorses Plan to Give Spectrum to First Responders
White House officials are pushing a plan to give public safety groups a piece of spectrum worth an estimated $3 billion to build a nationwide interoperable communications network that would cost $15 billion and require Congress to appropriate more funds. The question of auctioning the spectrum has also divided wireless carriers -- larger carriers support giving spectrum to public safety and smaller carriers support an auction. The FCC declined to auction the spectrum last year.
On Jan. 25, Sen. Jay Rockefeller introduced legislation that would give the spectrum to public safety and auction additional airwaves from TV stations to wireless carriers. Participating stations would receive a portion of the auction's proceeds.
Source: The Wall Street Journal.