Petition on spectrum giveaways on the White House’s new We The People website

Dear Readers:

I wanted to let you know about a new petition on spectrum policy that I created on We the People, a new feature on  Please consider adding your name to mine and passing along this petition to anyone else you think might support the cause..  The White House URL for the petition is: .

If this petition gets 5,000 signatures by November 02, 2011,
the White House will review it and respond!

We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues.  If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

Below is a copy of the petition:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: require that spectrum lessees be charged market rates like other lessees of public assets such as land and buildings.

Since World War II, the Federal government has given away as much as $480 billion in spectrum rights to the private sector, including wealthy individuals and highly profitable corporations such as TV broadcasters, satellite operators, and mobile phone carriers. In the early 1990s, Congress mandated that spectrum rights be allocated by auction. But most spectrum rights have continued to be given away, often with a pretext of public interest obligations that are unenforced and later renegotiated. The Obama Administration has engaged in much talk about spectrum auctions and fees, but most spectrum rights have continued to be given away. When the government transfers spectrum rights from the American public to private corporations, the public should receive fair compensation for its property.


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