FCC Targets Summer to Begin D-Block Auction Process
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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And then the taxes come....
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.
It's not perfect, but someone has to regulate the waves.