Background: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has closed its auction in the spectrum band now occupied by TV broadcasters. The following is the comment from Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:
“The Federal Communications Commission's spectrum auction produced some good results for consumers. While the open access provisions weren't all that we would have liked, consumers will have the benefit of some device and applications flexibility that they wouldn't have had otherwise.
“However, the lack of activity in the 'D' block that would have supported public safety activity raises some cause for concern. Following reports that Frontline dropped out of the auction as a result of alleged conditions put on the block by the public safety community, we urge the Commission to look into the auction results.”
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