If any of the members are interested the link below is to the actual FCC site that is handling the Auction 73 (700MHz ) results.
It seems to me that no one really should have the right to control, (other than regulate for protection), own?, or otherwise monopolize any given part of the Universal Spectrum. This makes no sense from a scientific standpoint. This also seems illegal from a constitutional standpoint. But, of course, from a marketing and development standpoint...
I agree the airwaves belong to all of us. The FCC was created to bring order to airwaves by the Communications Act of 1934. Prior to that, the Department of Commerce had some regulatory authority. The FCC did a great job and some of us old time 2-way radio guys remember the "kilocycle cops" as their field inspectors were called. However, with the explosion of demand for wireless spectrum coupled with the deregulation mantra of the 1980s along with an insatiable need for other sources of revenue, Congress came up with the "brilliant idea" of auctioning off unassigned wireless spectrum to the highest bidder. Voices of reason to the contrary were drowned out by the rustle of cash. Money talks, everything else walks.
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