Landmark Spectrum Legislation Passes

    View Author February 2012

    As part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (the Act), Congress has passed landmark spectrum legislation that is intended to provide spectrum for generations of new wireless services and products to come. The Act authorizes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct “incentive auctions” of spectrum, provides funding for grants to set up Next Generation 9-1-1 networks, allows the use of spectrum for new unlicensed wireless services and devices, and establishes a market-based framework for future repurposing and rebanding of spectrum bands.

    President Obama signed the act into law on February 22, 2012. Our publication examines the legislation and offers insights into how it will impact the communications industry.