Spectrum Auction Bill Markup Slated For Dec. 1


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Spectrum Auction Bill Markup Slated For Dec. 1 - 2011-11-23 17:46:59 | Broadcasting & Cable
The House Communications Subcommittee has scheduled a Dec. 1 hearing to mark up (amend and likely vote on) the House version of a spectrum incentive auction bill, which has been christened the Jumpstarting Our Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) bill. The bill would compensate broadcasters for exiting spectrum, and cable operators for any technical adjustments they had to make to retransmit the newly repacked and shared channels.

"Spectrum legislation is a longstanding priority for both parties and a key element of our pro-jobs strategy, and it is now time for the Communications and Technology Subcommittee to vote on the long-awaited JOBS Act of 2011," said Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the subcommittee and himself a former broadcaster. "This legislation will create thousands of jobs, establish an interoperable public safety network, and reduce the deficit. The legislation and other specifics will be made available next week in advance of a markup to be scheduled for December 1."
Elsewhere Wednesday, public safety groups were pushing Congress to attach a Senate version of a spectrum incentive auction bill to any extension of the payroll tax holiday or unemployment benefits or an omnibus appropriations bill if any of those become must-pass legislation before year's end.