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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
November 16, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Let's Make a Deal: Broadcasters, Mobile Broadband, and a Market in Spectrum
PFF Hosts December 1st Event on Spectrum Allocation

WASHINGTON D.C. - An official at the Federal Communications Commission has suggested that it might be possible to craft a grand bargain whereby television broadcasters get cash for some (or all) of their current spectrum if they return it to the FCC for reallocation and auction.  Such a deal could, eventually, open up significant amounts of prime spectrum for next-generation mobile broadband and data services.

Is such a deal feasible and in the best interests of broadcasters?  Is the arrangement necessary to encourage growth in broadband penetration consistent with the goals of the Recovery Act?  Will Congress go along with the deal, or would it be blocked as contrary to “the public interest?” Alternatively, would lawmakers back the deal but seek a significant cut of the auction proceeds, leaving less available for broadcasters?  These and other policy issues will be discussed at “Let’s Make a Deal:  Broadcasters, Mobile Broadband, and a Market in Spectrum,” a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.

Panelists confirmed so far for the event include:

  • Blair Levin, Executive Director, Omnibus Broadband Initiative, Federal Communications Commission
  • Coleman Bazelon, Principal, The Brattle Group
  • Kostas Liopiros, Principal, The Sun Fire Group

Adam Thierer, President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, will act as moderator of the event.  Additional speakers will be announced in upcoming days.

Let’s Make a Deal:  Broadcasters, Mobile Broadband, and a Market in Spectrum,” will be held Tuesday, December 1st from 9:00am to 11:00am in the Holeman Lounge, 13th Floor, at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW in Washington, DC.  Those interested in attending can register here.  Questions should be directed to Allison Bringardner at or 202-289-8928. Media queries should be directed to Amy Smorodin

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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