New bill would require FCC, NTIA to find more spectrum for wireless, both licensed and unlicensed
October 6, 2015
Lawmakers in the House are proposing legislation that would push the FCC to develop a plan to auction more government-held spectrum for commercial wireless use.
The draft bill, which is being circulated for discussion in the House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology this week, does not name the specific spectrum bands that would be auctioned. However, the legislation, called the "Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015," asks the FCC to work with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) to create reports for the House and Senate. The reports would detail plans for rules and procedures to move federal users out the spectrum or share the airwaves with commercial users, according to Broadcasting & Cable. The legislation also calls on the FCC and NTIA to report on a timeline for competitive bidding and auctions.