CASH FOR SPECTRUM

TV Escapes Spectrum Auction In Debt Deal

The congressional agreement to raise the debt ceiling did not contain language proposed by Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that would have  granted the FCC authority to hod incentive auctions of broadcast TV spectrum with limited protections for stations operators that choose not to participate. But, industry-watchers caution, auctions are not dead yet.

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Why Spectrum Debate Is Tied To Debt Ceiling

Congressional leaders seem to be throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the debate over the budget and raising the debt ceiling. Now it looks like the incentive wireless spectrum auctions proposed by the FCC may end up as part of a package that is being hashed out by Republicans and Democrats in Washington