The Center for Democracy and Technology on the Spectrum Auction

05Jun07

Here is another nice position statement on the upcoming FCC spectrum auction. This one if from the Center for Democracy and Technology, another fine organization whose existence I had not hitherto suspected. I like their emphasis on requiring network neutrality and keeping some of the spectrum reserved for wholesale resale to ISPs who want to buy access.

Here is a snippet:

“The 60 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum at issue, in the so-called ‘700 MHz band,’ is particularly valuable because of its propagation characteristics. Unlike spectrum at some other frequencies, it can transmit signals that will easily pass through walls and does not require a clear “line of sight” between transmitter and receiver…. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) believes that the auction provides a critical opportunity to foster additional competitive choices in the broadband Internet market.”

Thanks to FreePress for the pointer.

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