‘Congress Should Act Promptly to Reauthorize Radio Spectrum Auctions’


By Mark Jamison
American Enterprise Institute

With all the global leadership and economic problems the U.S. faces, you might think Congress would act swiftly to reauthorize a program that has established the U.S. as a recognized world leader and raised over $230 billion for the U.S. Treasury without raising taxes. Unfortunately, you might be wrong.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is sitting idly on H.R. 7783—a bill that would extend the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) authority to conduct radio spectrum auctions, which is set to expire on September 30, 2022.

It’s easy for Congress to drag its feet on this issue. American leadership in radio spectrum auctions is well-known across the globe, but not in the U.S., and the topic sounds esoteric. So I’ll break the topic down into digestible pieces and explain America’s leadership role.

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