WBC and David Taylor in TR Daily

The Wireless Broadband Coalition criticized a National Telecommunications and Information Administration report this week that affirmed the agency’s recommendation that the 1695-1710 megahertz band should be freed up for commercial wireless services on a shared basis with government users.  “This report continues a disappointing trend.  The FCC’s National Broadband Plan was released in March 2010.  Since then, the Administration has yet to recommend that a single MHz of federal spectrum below 3 GHz should be cleared for commercial use,” said David Taylor, the coalition’s executive director.

David Taylor on OMB Spectrum Relocation Guidance in TR Daily

This morning TR Daily quoted David Taylor on the recent OMB “Guidance for Agencies on Transfers from the Spectrum Relocation Fund for Certain Pre-Auction Costs”. Mr. Taylor stated “The OMB guidance to federal agencies implements one of the WBC’s legislative priorities. The WBC supports providing NTIA and other affected agencies resources for spectrum planning and management activities to 1) improve federal spectrum efficiency, 2) protect critical federal communications capabilities and 3) identify, evaluate, reallocate and clear licensed spectrum for commercial use.”

Taylor Talks Odds of Inclusion of Spectrum Auctions in the Conference Committee’s Tax Deal

TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTS: SPECTRUM OUTLOOK BRIGHTENS WITH TAX EXTENSION DEAL

December 23, 2011, Ted Gotsch, ted.gotsch@wolterskluwer.com

“Procedurally, the deal effectively limits the scope of the conference and increases the odds that spectrum legislation based largely on the JOBS Act will be incorporated into any conference agreement that emerges,” said David Taylor, executive director of the Wireless Broadband Coalition.

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David Taylor on Year-End Outlook for Spectrum

“The fact that Walden’s spectrum bill was in the House’s original payroll bill (HR-3630) ‘gives both House and Senate conferees procedural and budgetary incentives to use spectrum auction receipts’ as an offset for the other spending measures in the payroll tax bill, said David Taylor, managing partner of Capitol Solutions.”

Capitol Solutions’ David Taylor Talks Outlook for Spectrum Legislation with Telecommunications Reports

“There are a variety of budgetary, procedural, and jurisdictional challenges those seeking to attach spectrum legislation to an omnibus appropriations bill would have to overcome,” said David Taylor, managing partner of Capitol Solutions, a lobbying firm whose clients include wireless industry entities.  “The fact that the legislation is not part of either the House or Senate-passed versions of any of the appropriations bills in conference is a good place to start that list.”

He also noted that policy language, such as that dealing with the construction of a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network, could be stricken from appropriations legislation because it wouldn’t involve appropriations of funds.

But Mr. Taylor is one of many industry lobbyists who is still bullish on spectrum legislation getting through due to its popularity – and ability to raise billions of dollars to help with the deficit.  Although the supercommittee process failed, lawmakers are still likely next year to look for savings to offset mandatory cuts that would come in 2013, Mr. Taylor said, adding that spectrum auctions are a good bet to be part of that effort.

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Greg Waring Featured in CQ’s “On the Move”

Capitol Solutions’ Greg Waring was featured in CQ Weekly’s “On the Move,” a profile on people in new roles shaping the debate in Washington.

CQ Writes, “An aide to Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen has left for a job at a Washington lobbying firm. Greg Waring was a senior analyst for the House Budget Committee, where Van Hollen is the ranking Democrat. Waring now is a vice president for budget policy and analysis at Capitol Solutions [...]

Waring, 34, is focusing on telecommunications clients, who might gain if the committee decides to auction off more electromagnetic spectrum. Wireless companies need the spectrum to transmit content. The firm represents CTIA-The Wireless Association, the trade group for Verizon and AT&T. “It’s an opportunity for Congress to produce savings that are relatively non-controversial and bipartisan,” he says. At the budget panel, Waring was Van Hollen’s principal analyst on spectrum issues.”

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David Taylor on Spectrum Auctions in Communications Daily

“The president’s proposal is further evidence that spectrum auctions remain one of the few multibillion dollar deficit reduction options that Democrats, Republicans, Congress and the Administration support,” said Managing Partner David Taylor of Capitol Solutions, whose clients include wireless interests that seek incentive auctions. “The administration’s decision to include spectrum auctions on the list of options it supports to finance the president’s new jobs plan has increased the prospects that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction includes spectrum issues in its recommendations to Congress later this year.” While President Barack Obama outlined his spectrum objectives in the FY 2012 budget, the Jobs Act “provides a much clearer indication of the steps the Administration supports to achieve those goals,” Taylor said.

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