Brendan Sasso, Google, Microsoft push for FCC flexibility in spectrum auctions, The Hill, February 13, 2012
” Walden, who is chairman of the Energy and Commerce’s telecom subcommittee, said his spectrum bill ‘simply says that the FCC cannot spend taxpayer funds to clear additional spectrum and then give away that billions of dollars worth of spectrum. Taxpayers deserve a return on their investment.'”
Talk about Orwellian doublespeak: this is a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black. Walden is structuring the auction so that broadcasters will receive a huge spectrum windfall at taxpayer expense. Then he invents a new definition of windfall so he can accuse advocates of unlicensed spectrum of doing what he is doing. Chutzpah! But given how many times his soundbite has been reprinted in the press without challenge, he appears to have gotten away with it.