FCC Micromanagement Could "Blow Up" Planned Spectrum Auction
Does the federal government have too little on its plate these days, or too much? The American public is unequivocal on that question, with a record 60% telling Gallup that bureaucrats are wielding too much power. Only 7% say "too little."
Despite that ugly reality, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks to increase its level of micromanagement over our telecommunications market. The auction of spectrum from television stations to wireless carriers is obviously long overdue, and ideally would improve service quality and speed within that growing market. Unfortunately, the FCC intends to limit participation in bidding on highly valuable low-frequency airwaves by excluding the largest and most successful carriers in many markets. As Bret Swanson observes at TechPolicyDaily…[more]
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