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Congress Alters Legalese, Won't Hinder FCC Auctions

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Feb 16, 2012, 2:51 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 17, 2012, 3:53 PM

Congress today reached a compromise concerning some key language in a draft bill that would have hobbled the Federal Communications Commission's ability to run spectrum auctions. At stake was the future of unlicensed spectrum, including white spaces, which the FCC wants to auction off for mobile broadband purposes. As originally drafted, the bill would have removed the right to run auctions from the FCC's grasp. The changed language in the bill will right that wrong. "Sprint agrees with the Federal Communications Commission that all wireless carriers - small, regional and large - should have a meaningful chance to participate in wireless spectrum auctions," said Vonya B. McCann, senior vice president for Government Affairs, Sprint. "While we didn't see the need to amend the statute, the compromise language approved by the conferees preserves the FCC's ability to promote competition as it conducts future wireless spectrum auctions."

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