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[ NNSquad ] 21bn to buy back spectrum from tv companies

Apart from the direct compensation issues, an equally important
question should be exactly *who* would get their claws into such newly
freed spectrum.  If it's just going to be another "top dollars takes
the prize" auction that Big Telecom will win by hook or crook, without
a *serious* public interest, public use component, then the entire
exercise could easily degrade into a "how to make AT&T and Verizon
even bigger than they are now" debacle.

Significant chunks of any new spectrum must be made available for the
direct benefit of the public for open access services, and for smaller
ISPs (those willing to accept reasonable regulations) who don't have
the financial resources to bid against the big boys.

Let's not get fooled yet again.

NNSquad Moderator

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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 21:54:25 -0500
From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: [IP] darn good question     21bn to buy back spectrum from tv
Reply-To: dave@farber.net
To: ip <ip@v2.listbox.com>

Begin forwarded message:

From: Doug Humphrey <doug@joss.com>
Date: December 22, 2009 9:44:35 PM EST
To: dave@farber.net
Cc: "ip" <ip@v2.listbox.com>
Subject: Re: [IP] 21bn to buy back spectrum from tv companies

I don't understand why the government is paying to 
get this spectrum "back".  I do not BELIEVE that this 
was "purchased" by the TV industry (although I could 
be incorrect on this).  I thought that it was being used 
by the Broadcast industry for TV, under requirements 
to provide "public services" as part of their operations, 
and since they are no longer using it, the spectrum 
should belong to the US Government to re-use in 
whatever way they deem in the public interest.  Yes?


On Dec 22, 2009, at 8:37 PM, Dave Farber wrote:

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>> From: Joly MacFie <joly@punkcast.com>
>> Date: December 22, 2009 7:55:40 PM EST
>> To: Bruce Kushnick <oia@lists.bway.net>
>> Subject: [OIA] 21bn to buy back spectrum from tv companies
>> http://broadcastengineering.com/news/fcc-considers-tv-spectrum-1102/
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