试图在参议院迅速通过T波段废除法案的努力受阻

一项法案要求联邦通信委员会参议院拍卖470兆赫至512mhz频段的公共安全频谱的努力昨日遭到阻挠,但公共安全代表们对国会今年晚些时候可能就此采取行动持乐观态度

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尽管本周一致同意的努力没有成功,但公共安全代表表示,应该有其他机会通过一项废除T波段拍卖授权的措施。

一项法案要求联邦通信委员会(FCC)参议院拍卖470兆赫至512mhz频段的公共安全频谱(即T波段语音投票)的努力昨日遭到阻挠,但公共安全代表们对国会今年晚些时候可能就此采取行动持乐观态度上星期众议院以压倒性多数通过了参议院绕过了正常的委员会程序,为投票准备立法

“这种(T波段频谱)资源简直是救命稻草,”Markey昨天参议院说。“T-Band真正代表的是‘可信赖的波段’——这是公共安全可以依赖的资源。”

“这是他们唯一的选择,”马基说。“这不是党派问题。这是公共安全的当务之急。停止T波段拍卖没有任何代价,国会必须确保保护我们安全的人得到照顾

除了废除T波段拍卖授权,H.R.451还将禁止州和地方政府将911收费收入用于与911无关的目的,这一过程通常被称为“突袭”

为了制定立法,参众两院必须最终批准之前解决类似法案之间的任何语言差异。据华尔街消息人士称,这一过程可能会延长T波段拍卖上诉获得通过所需的时间

多位环道消息人士表示,他们相信,如果以缺乏其他附加条款的“清洁法案”出台,废除联邦通信委员会(FCC)T波段拍卖授权的立法将很容易获得通过。事实上,两党都有压倒性的支持,以避免联邦通信委员会的频谱拍卖可能失败,并将使公共安全机构使用频谱束手无策

尽管本周一致同意的努力没有成功,但公共安全代表表示,应该有其他机会通过一项废除T波段拍卖授权的措施。除了正常的委员会程序或重新审查一致同意的途径外,T波段的语言可以包括与COVID-19措施相关的立法中

 

英文译文:

An effort to pass a bill repealing a law requiring the FCC to auction public-safety spectrum from 470 MHz to 512 MHz—airwaves known as the T-Band—by voice vote on the Senate floor was blocked yesterday, but public-safety representatives remain optimistic that Congress could act on the matter later this year.

Markey noted that Congress “unfortunately” mandated in 2012 that the FCC in February begin to auction public-safety T-Band spectrum that is used to support LMR systems that provide mission-critical communications in 11 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.

In addition, an FCC auction is not expected to generate the more than $5 billion in revenue needed to fund the relocation of public-safety LMR systems to other spectrum—and in many cases, there is no alternative spectrum, according to Markey.

“Congress can no longer drag its feet. We have run out of time … We can and we must resolve this problem today. Today is the day to do it.”

Barrasso did not discuss the substance of the amendment being proposed by Cruz. However, Cruz co-sponsored legislation introduced this summer that would repeal the T-Band auction mandate while requiring the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to identify 42 MHz of federal spectrum that could be auctioned by the FCC by the end of 2021.

To enact legislation, the House and Senate must resolve any language differences between similar bills before making final approval. This process could extend the time needed to get a T-Band auction appeal passed, according to Beltway sources.

Although the unanimous-consent effort this week was not successful, public-safety representatives indicated that there should be other opportunities to pass a measure repealing the T-Band auction mandate. In addition to the normal committee process or revisiting the unanimous-consent path, the T-Band language could be included in legislation associated with COVID-19 measures.

 

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