|Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (L), with House Speaker John Boehner.|
The next step for HR-607 is in Walden's hands. (House of
Meanwhile, in the Senate, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a companion bill to HR-607 -- S-1040 -- that does not call for auctioning off any spectrum below 1675 MHz. However, it would require the FCC to not renew current public safety licenses below 512 MHz unless the licensee can show that:
(A) that migration to a different spectrum band will cause considerable economic hardship to the State or local government jurisdiction in which such licensee is located;
(B) migration to a different spectrum band would adversely impact the ability of the licensee to protect and serve the community in which such licensee is located; or
(C) there are an insufficient number of frequencies above the 700 MHz band to support the land-mobile communications needs of the licensee.