Genachowski Applauds – With Reservations – Passage of Spectrum Bill


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Genachowski Applauds 
In Part.
But like House Democrats, Genachowski is concerned about portions of the bill he said could "tie the agency's hands in ways that could be counterproductive."

He did not specify, but among the Republican-backed portions of the bill was an amendment that would prevent open access or wholesaling conditions on auctioned spectrum, and would limit the FCC's ability to decide who would get to bid on the spectrum.

But the chairman did get specific with one element of the bill: its prohibition on allocating any more of that freed-up spectrum for unlicensed wireless. "Precluding the FCC from adopting innovation-enhancing policies around unlicensed spectrum could threaten U.S. global leadership in spectrum-related innovation," he said in a statement. "The same is true for the bill's restrictions on the Commission's ability to construct band plans and structure auctions in ways that maximize the value of licensed spectrum."