December 13, 2012 AT 12:39 am

G.O.P. Balks at Plan to Add Airwaves for Mobile Internet and Wi-Fi


G.O.P. Balks at Plan to Add Airwaves for Mobile Internet and Wi-Fi @ NYTimes.com.

House Republicans warned the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday against “giving away” scarce airwaves that they said could produce up to $19 billion in proceeds if they were instead auctioned to telecommunications companies for use in mobile broadband networks.

The remarks, which came at a House communications subcommittee hearing, took aim at one of the top priorities of Julius Genachowski, the F.C.C. chairman: to make available more unlicensed airwaves, or spectrum, to open congested mobile broadband networks and to use in Wi-Fi hot spots.

He pointed to Wi-Fi networks, which operate on unlicensed airwaves on the electromagnetic spectrum, as an example of innovation that has generated “hundreds of billions in tax revenues” and made the United States a leader in the use of unlicensed airwaves.


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  1. How do we let House members know that WE are UNHAPPY with this? Don’t they work for US?

  2. An even better idea is to get Genachowski tossed. He has been a feckless FCC chairman.

  3. David, I called my House of Representative member once and her secretary actually said they don’t work for free. My stepmother also use to contribute to campaigns and never got anywhere.

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