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NOAA's Blocking of Spectrum Sales Rains on Taxpayers' Parade
09/23/2016 at 07:14 am - David Williams

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This piece originally appeared in The Hill on September 16, 2016

Nobody likes dropped cell phone calls or slow wireless internet service.  And, very few people think that the government shouldn’t take advantage of revenue opportunities that don’t involve tax collection.  Well, the perfect solution is for the government to sell more wireless spectrum.  Currently, the federal government is sitting on a lot of wireless spectrum that could potentially be worth billions of dollars if sold to the private sector.  According to U.S. News and World Report, “The government itself currently owns 60 percent of all wireless spectrum. Much of this spectrum is of prime value, but there is little evidence that the government is using it effectively. As industry leaders describe it, it's like the government owns miles of prime beachfront property but isn't really trying to develop it.”  It’s time to sell that beachfront property and let it be developed to help consumers and taxpayers.


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