AIRWAVES Legislation to be Introduced in House

In coming weeks, Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) will introduce into the House a bill intended to “facilitate a national pipeline of spectrum for commercial use, and for other purposes.” In August of last year, this legislation, the “Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum Act” (AIRWAVES) was introduced into the Senate by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO). Since its initial reading, the bill has languished in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 

The AIRWAVES Act proposes to invest in wireless broadband Internet access by identifying what is termed “Mid-Band” spectrum for both licensed (auctioned) and unlicensed use. The bill emphasizes rural deployment and suggests exploring the use of unlicensed spectrum for rural healthcare access, distance learning, and facilitating innovations in agriculture.