EXOP - Office of Management and Budget

Federal Spectrum Leases versus sale

The President has proposed to make 500MHz of Federal spectrum available for wireless carriers to expand broadband internet and wireless available to more of the country. Instead of a "sale", the government should lease the spectrum to wireless carriers for 15-20 years with additional options to extend the lease at the government's discretion. This concept would provide the government almost the same revenue as the auction sale, and ensure that wireless carriers are using spectrum efficiently such that it would not become a traded commodity.

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