Rep. Walden Ties Delay on T-Band to 911-Fee Diversion

In response to Chairman Pai’s call to repeal the T-Band auction mandate, Representative Greg Walden (R-OR-2), who was one of the principal authors of the legislation that culminated in repurposing T-Band, tied a resolution to the mandate to diversion of 911 fees.

During a hearing on “Accountability and Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission,” Rep. Walden called for a stop to 911-fee diversion (whereby states use monies from 911 fees for purposes other than supporting essential public safety services) and offered a proposal to delay the “start of the T-band process for another three years, to 2024. To be eligible for this delay, states and localities would simply need to comply with a very common-sense policy that bipartisan bills have already called for, which is to put an end to 9-1-1 fee diversion."

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