Letter to FCC on DOJ Incentive Auction Submissions

April 19, 2013

Excerpt: When Congress authorized the Commission in the Spectrum Act to conduct an incentive auction of broadcast spectrum, we had several goals in mind.  We certainly wanted the Commission to design an auction that would make more spectrum available to wireless carriers to meet soaring demand for mobile broadband use.  But, as is clear from the statutory language, we also expected the incentive auction to generate sufficient revenues to compensate television broadcasters that wish to voluntarily relinquish spectrum, to pay for the possible relocation of television stations that remain on air, to cover the cost of the auction, to contribute up to $7 billion toward the construction of a nationwide public safety broadband network, and to reduce this nation’s unacceptable budget deficit. The DOJ submission appears oblivious to these multiple goals

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