Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obama Budget Adds Spectrum License Fee

A single line item in the new U.S. federal government budget proposes to raises $200 million in FY 2009, $300 million in FY 2010 and $425 million in FY 2011 for unspecified spectrum licensing conducted by the FCC. The budget does not mention which bands of spectrum are contemplated for licensing fees nor for which services. This item is posted on page 126 of the budget, which is online.

The FY 2010 Budget also includes $1.3 billion in USDA loans and grants for the Department of Agriculture to increase broadband capacity and improve telecommunication service as well as education and health opportunities in rural areas.