Senators Propose Spectrum Inventory Study
March 23, 2009 at 5:16 AM (PT)
Sens. JOHN KERRY (D-MA) and OLYMPIA SNOWE (R-ME) introduced a bill FRIDAY that would order the FCC and the NTIA to conduct an inventory of spectrum use in order to determine the best use of the resources. The "Radio Spectrum Inventory Act" directs the agencies to assemble a detailed report within six months on the use of radio spectrum between the 300 MHz and 3.5 GHz band.
"Our public airwaves belong to the American people, and we need to make certain we are putting them to good use in the best interests of those citizens," KERRY, Chairman of the SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, said. "Last year's 700 MHz auction resulted in $20 billion for the Treasury and will create greater opportunity and choice for consumers and businesses that need broadband service. We also took a great step forward when the FCC established a way for unlicensed devices to operate in white spaces."
SNOWE added, "We must ensure that this public good is allocated and used efficiently for the needs of the American people. This legislation is the first step to addressing comprehensive spectrum reform and will work to enhance advanced communications services to keep people online and in touch."