House spectrum bill passes; FCC’s Genachowski has concerns

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The GOP version of spectrum auction legislation passed the House on Tuesday (Dec. 13) as part of the payroll tax extension package, but that looks destined for a presidential veto. Meanwhile, reports Broadcasting & Cable, Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski said he is concerned with parts of the bill that could “tie the agency’s hands in ways that could be counterproductive.” He didn’t reveal which sections, but the proposed legislation would limit the FCC’s ability to decide who gets to bid on spectrum.

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