Tony Wolverton, “Wolverton: House bill wrong way to divvy up airwaves, San Jose Mercury News Backers of the bill say they are just trying to ensure that the government gets as much money as possible for these prized airwaves,” Mercury News, December 19, 2011.

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Tony Wolverton, Wolverton: House bill wrong way to divvy up airwaves, San Jose Mercury News Backers of the bill say they are just trying to ensure that the government gets as much money as possible for these prized airwaves, Mercury News, December 19, 2011.

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Only someone unfamiliar with Congressional spectrum politics could accept such a statement at face value.  A close student of the spectrum provisions and the politics surrounding them would discover that the auction receipts to the Federal treasury, specifically those concerning the broadcast band, are largely a smoke and mirrors game designed to fool the American public that a huge corporate giveaway is actually its opposite.  The elimination of unlicensed spectrum is not in the pursuit of gaining more money for the Federal treasury but ensuring that every possible last drop of the spectrum windfall from “incentive auctions”  is given to the broadcast industry.

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