Gautham Nagesh, “Group backs calls for unlicensed spectrum,” The Hill, January 10, 2012.


Gautham Nagesh, Group backs calls for unlicensed spectrum, The Hill, January 10, 2012.


“House Republicans argue the government should not pay for airwaves just to give them away again for free..”


This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. When did the broadcasters pay the government for their spectrum? The Republicans (and Democrats) are proposing to give the broadcasters tens of billions of dollars worth of spectrum rights plus revenue for spectrum that is owned by the public and that broadcasters never paid a nickel to the public for, except for what turned out to be bogus “public interest obligations.” It is unfortunate that the politics of the Wireless Innovation Alliance prevent it from addressing this issue because it would actually strengthen its case.


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