12.21.2011 12:00 AM
Spectrum Auction Authority Delayed

WASHINGTON: Legislation authorizing TV spectrum incentive auctions is unlikely to pass this year. The Senate opted to cut it from a tax bill passed by the House last week, according to published reports. The authorization would have allowed the Federal Communications Commission to hold auction for spectrum voluntarily relinquished by broadcasters, and to split the proceeds with them. The commission can’t share auction revenue without specific authority from Congress.

The predominantly GOP House had included it in a controversial payroll tax extension bill that the Democratic-controlled Senate stripped down to a two-month stop-gap. The House bill also allocated the 700 MHz D-Block of spectrum for public safety--also stripped out of the version passed by the Senate Saturday.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) sponsored standalone spectrum legislation and supported the allocation of the D-Block. He said he was “deeply disappointed the that measures to create a first responder communications network were not included in the larger year-end package.”

Auction authority ended up in the House payroll tax bill as a pay-for, with an estimated $15 billion expected to go toward deficit reduction after broadcaster relocation and first-responder networks set-asides.

~ Deborah D. McAdams, Television Broadcast

See “House Passes Spectrum Auction Bill.

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Tuesday 03:07 PM
WMUR-TV Says FAA Drone Rules Preclude ENG
The FAA’s current rules and proposed ban on flight over people, requirement of visual line of sight and restriction on nighttime flying, effectively prohibit broadcasters from using UAS for newsgathering. ~ WMUR-TV General Manager Jeff Bartlett

Featured Articles
Exhibitions & Events
Discover TV Technology