Just one snag left in the 700 MHz auction

Things aren’t looking good going forward, either. From Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee:

“We now know that only the D Block may not sell in this auction,” Dingell said in a statement. “The construction of a nationwide, next-generation, interoperable broadband network for public safety is a crucial policy objective, and the need for such a network has not diminished.”
There really doesn’t seem to be a plan in place for when the D block doesn’t hit the reserve price. From FCC Chairman Kevin Martin:
“I will always continue to be optimistic that someone will take on the burden of working with public safety to resolve these interoperability issues,” Martin said. “But if no one steps forward, the commission will have to reevaluate, obviously.”
Hey, maybe this is how Sprint could get back in our good graces. Hey, just sayin’… [Washington Post]]]>

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