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14 февраля 2006
FierceWiFi сообщает: 2007 federal budget: Communications highlights

The sale of U.S. wireless communications licenses will raise about $25 billion between 2007 and 2009, $7.8 billion more than last year's estimate, according to the 2007 budget submitted to Congress Monday. Here are some of the communication highlights from the proposed 2007 budget:

The FCC will start selling 90 MHz of wireless airwaves on June 29, an auction which could raise as much as $15 billion.

The auctioned airwaves will be used for advanced mobile communications such as high-speed Internet and video services. T-Mobile, Verizon and other U.S. wireless carriers are expected to bid in the sale.

The proposed budget estimates that $9.95 billion from wireless auctions would be received in fiscal 2007. It also expects $12.24 billion in fiscal 2008.The budget projects $2.87 billion being received in fiscal 2009.The total amount the administration expects to gather from auctions for 2007-2009 is thus $25.06 billion, considerably more than the $17.2 billion Bush's budget had estimated last year with regard to 2007-2009 spectrum auctions. The increased auction proceeds would help the administration reduce the federal deficit: The proposed $2.77 trillion budget for fiscal 2007 leaves a $354 billion deficit for the year.

In early 2008 the FCC will also start selling wireless airwaves which are being vacated by TV broadcasters as they move to other frequencies for their higher-quality digital broadcasts. That move is supposed to be completed by February 17, 2009.Last year Congress instructed the FCC to start that sale by January 28, 2008, and the proceeds to be deposited by June 30, 2008.$7.4 billion in proceeds from that sale are to be used to help reduce the federal deficit.$1.5 billion is set aside to help consumers buy converter boxes for their existing analog television sets.

$1 billion from the proceeds was allocated to a grant program to help public safety agencies buy new interoperable communications equipment so they are better able to communicate during emergencies.


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