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FCC Targets Summer to Begin D-Block Auction Process

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Mar 19, 2010, 6:07 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today the Federal Communications Commission indicated that it will begin the process to auction off the 10MHz band of D-Block 700MHz spectrum that failed to sell in 2008. At least a portion of the D-Block was originally intended to serve public agencies, such as police, fire and other first responders. The FCC still wants at least some of the spectrum to serve that purpose, and intends to create the Emergency Response Interoperability Center, which will rely on that spectrum. The FCC, however, has yet to make any final decisions on exactly what terms and conditions will apply to the sale of this particular block of airwaves. The D-Block failed to sell in 2008 in part due to the conditions placed on the sale. The FCC will issue a notice of inquiry by early summer, looking for opinions on what should be done. The FCC doesn't expect the auction to take place until the first or second quarter of 2011.

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Mar 19, 2010, 7:04 PM

And then the taxes come....

I just don't understand how the federal government make BILLIONS of dollars off of property they don't really own, they don't build, they don't develop or maintain and then have the audacity to charge insane taxes on cell phone plans upwards of 18%.

This amazes me and it goes FAAAR beyond controlling and keeping the airwaves safe. It is sheer greed at it's worst and an example of a government taking incredible advantage of its people.
What happens if someone discovers a new way to transmit sound and data? Will the government claim it as thier own and sell/tax that as well???
Well, if that bothers you so much, move somewhere remote and drop off the grid...
How old are you? What do you not understand? One cannot do ANYTHING in this world without paying taxes. The freest individuals are homeless persons. Everyone else is owned by the government. You pay income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes etc.....
Think of it this way: they're selling the exclusivity of those airwaves. Otherwise, you have tons of conflicting devices on the same band with neither device working right.

It's not perfect, but someone has to regulate the waves.
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