Dems debt-ceiling bill includes D Block provision

Bill calls for auction of television spectrum space


According to published reports, Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) bill to raise the debt-ceiling includes a provision that would allocate the D Block radio spectrum to public safety agencies.

While creating a public safety communications network for local and state first responders was one of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, exactly how that network is going to be paid for has been a topic of much debate in Congress.

Bills put forth in the House and Senate earlier this year call for the auction of spectrum space that alarm industry advocates say could have a detrimental impact on companies in the industry.

Reid’s plan reportedly calls for the auction of spectrum space that is currently owned by television broadcasters.