FCC spectrum sale to help fund payroll tax extension

Alan Tilles, head of the telecommunications department, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy and Ecker

wfedstaff | June 4, 2015 5:40 pm

When Congress last week passed a year-long extension to the payroll tax break, it found several ways to pay for it. One way is for the Federal Communications Commission to sell a section of unused broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband and public safety applications.

According to The Washington Post, the spectrum auction is expected to raise as much as $25 billion.

The process, however, could take a decade, said attorney Alan Tilles, head of the telecommunications department at Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy and Ecker, explains how the sale would work.

Online Chat: DJ Kachman, the Veterans Affairs Department’s director of mobile and security technology transformation lead, on April 10, at 1 p.m.

The first step now is for the FCC to conduct a rule-making proceeding to actually implement the bill, Tilles said.

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