FCC Tries Again With Unsold Spectrum

Officials will take public comment before issuing revised plan
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted May 15, 2008 4:56 PM CDT
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin takes part in an industry insider session at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in this Jan. 8. 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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(Newser) – The Federal Communications Commission will try again to sell broadband spectrum space intended to include a national network for emergency workers, Ars Technica reports.The D Block failed to garner the required minimum bid from commercial interests during a recent auction after negotiations became bogged down. Said one commissioner: "We’re going to need all the help we can get."

The FCC is taking public comment before issuing a revised plan. "This proceeding is about establishing a viable public-private partnership to enhance public safety," said one commissioner. A review of the D Block failure determined the spectrum was burdened by too many expectations and too much uncertainty, and a potential bidder worried about incurring a penalty if it didn’t meet all the expectations.