Legislation Introduced to Repeal T-Band Reallocation
On February 27, two New York Representatives and members of the House Homeland Security Communications Subcommittee introduced H.R. 5085 (“Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act”). The legislation calls for the repeal of section 6103 of the Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 that requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reallocate and auction public safety T-Band spectrum. A repeal of this specific section would remove the mandate to auction the spectrum and relocate Public Safety (PS) incumbents. As EWA has continuously argued, it is clear that there is insufficient comparable replacement spectrum available for public safety let alone replacement spectrum for Business/Industrial Land Transportation (B/ILT) incumbents in the eleven T-Band markets. Further, the Act neither mentions B/ILT incumbents nor makes any monetary provision for the relocation these incumbents.
EWA members are encouraged to contact members of the Homeland Security Committee or the Communications Subcommittee to voice support for the legislation. If you would like assistance in drafting your message, please contact EWA Communications Director Andrea Cumpston by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 703-797-5111. (PS 13-42)Category: In the news