Originally published: September 7, 2011
Last updated: September 7, 2011 - 6:50pm
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) called for congressional action on a spectrum auction bill. She did not say it would have to be on her proposed auction bill, but included that among the possible choices.
"On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a fitting tribute to our first responders, who fought so bravely to save lives and lost their own, is to provide them with a nationwide, interoperable broadband communications network. Congress should act decisively and quickly to address the unacceptable situation which remains in place a decade since the attack on our country," she said. Her bill, like that of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), would allocate the D block of spectrum for that interoperable network, and fund its creation and maintenance through proceeds from the auction of broadcast spectrum. Congress has been divided over whether to use the valuable D Block of spectrum to create a public-safety network or auction off the D Block and build an emergency network that shares commercial airwaves.