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FCC Boss: Spectrum Hoarding 'Illusory' - And A Spectrum Inventory Not Necessary To Fix 'Crisis' | DSLReports.com, ISP Information
FCC Boss: Spectrum Hoarding 'Illusory'
And A Spectrum Inventory Not Necessary To Fix 'Crisis'
"The FCC has been running around of late telling anyone who'll listen that there's a spectrum crisis, though some FCC insiders insist the crisis is entirely manufactured to the benefit of Uncle Sam's wallet and a few major spectrum squatters. The FCC's focus has been on broadcasters, calling them out publicly for inefficient spectrum use. While broadcasters aren't exempt from criticism, they've been insisting that they're the least of the problem, because a large number of companies are hoarding spectrum with no intent to use it anytime soon."
Maybe, and maybe not. Harold Feld, Legal Director of consumer Group Public Knowledge, tells Broadband Reports that it all depends on what your definition of "squatter" is. "If the question is 'are companies scooping up licenses for the express purpose of flipping them later for big bucks," then Genachowski is right,' says Feld. "If the question is 'do companies come in and scoop up licenses when they have no clue how they will use them and figure they can sell them later if things don't work out,' then there are plenty of squatters."
 
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