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FCC chief seeks new airwave sale

September 06, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin proposed putting a nationwide swath of public-safety airwaves up for sale again after cutting the minimum price by 42%.

The plan calls for a $750-million starting bid, compared with a previous minimum of $1.3 billion, Martin said. If the FCC approves the plan this year, the auction may start as soon as April, he said.

The airwaves, known as the D-block, failed to draw the minimum at the last auction in March. The D-block buyer was required to build a nationwide network that emergency personnel would share with commercial users.

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