TR Daily: No Spectrum Provisions in Budget Deal

As quoted from TR Daily:

“A two-year congressional budget agreement announced yesterday contains no spectrum provisions, including spectrum-related fees or a dependence on revenues from future auctions.  There had been speculation that the budget deal could include such provisions.

“Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, the Ryan-Murray budget agreement does not authorize any new spectrum-related fees nor does it call for new FCC spectrum auction revenues,” noted David Taylor, chief executive officer of Capitol Solutions, a government relations firm.

“The rumored levels were mathematically impossible to achieve for a host of practical, technical, and political reasons,” Mr. Taylor told TRDaily.  “For example, OMB claims that the spectrum user fee proposal in the President’s FY14 Budget would raise $4.8 billion over 10 years. The Administration’s spectrum user fee proposal drew bipartisan opposition in both the House Energy & Commerce and Senate Commerce Committees. It’s hard to see how doubling, tripling or quadrupling the proposed fees would suddenly make the proposal acceptable.”

There had been speculation that the budget agreement could include spectrum provisions to raise up to $20 billion.”

Politico: WBC & CTIA International Harmonization Report Released

This morning, the WBC and CTIA issued a press release announcing their global status report and map on the allocation of the 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz spectrum.  The report shows 17 of the G-20 countries, all but Argentina, Canada and the United States, have at a minimum allocated both bands for commercial use.

The report was featured in this morning’s Politico Morning Tech. ”CTIA, along with the Wireless Broadband Coalition, wants those bands paired and reallocated for commercial use, and are looking to leverage international data to get the U.S. government on board. ‘Internationally harmonized spectrum is appealing to carriers because it reduces network development and deployment costs,’ WBC Executive Director David Taylor said in a statement. ‘Having more equipment readily available also reduces network deployment schedules. Our research clearly shows that these bands are internationally harmonized.’”

Read our press release for more information.

David Taylor Speaks on TechAmerica Panel Addressing Sequestration

On Monday, October 22nd, 2012, David Taylor spoke on a panel at TechAmerica entitled “The Potential Impact of Sequestration on Non-Defense Federal Agencies” along with other experts. The presentation focused on the context of the current budget situation and the possible effects of sequestration on non-defense agencies.

Information about the event, including David Taylor’s presentation, can be found at: http://www.techamerica.org/Events/eventDetail.cfm?eventid=a0E4000000m4DsrEAE

Wireless Broadband Coalition Calls for More Cleared, Paired, Internationally-Harmonized Spectrum Below 3GHz

The Wireless Broadband Coalition (WBC) and 6 other associations representing companies in the technology and telecommunications sectors wrote to the bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to press for more licensed spectrum allocations.

“More cleared, paired, internationally-harmonized spectrum allocations below 3 GHz are needed and needed soon. America’s economy and its global leadership in mobile broadband depend on it.”

Click here to see the text of the letter.