Obama Plans To Increase Spectrum License Fees To Fight Deficit

President Obama plans to raise spectrum license fees as part of its plan to halve the deficit by 2013. “Though details on the Obama budget are few and far between, some information was made available. The administration estimates that spectrum license fees would raise $4.8 billion over the next 10 years. And the budget projects $1.4 billion in receipts from spectrum auctions over the same period, reflecting the reality of the dwindling supply of airwaves that are left to be sold” reports RCR Wireless. There will be a steady increase in the fees: “Obama’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year would quadruple the $50 million expected to be collected this year by the Federal Communications Commission for spectrum license user fees, to $200 million in 2010…The spectrum license fees then would increase to $300 million in 2011, $425 million in 2012, and stabilize at $550 million annually from 2013 to 2019, according to the proposed budget” reports EasyBourse. That’s a drop in the bucket compared with what is required to halve the deficit.

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