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RE: new potential band threat

I know a few commercial entities that would buy and sell their own mothers
given the chance, let alone a ham license, but I agree, better they buy and
sell their own spectrum than ours. Maybe this will take some of the alleged
heat off of 440. Frankly, given the time and apparent thought the FCC has
put into the new licensing structure, I don't see much of a threat to the
ham bands at all at the present time. I see many improvements between the
way things were 20 years ago and how they are now with the exception of 40
meters being rendered useless and I don't hear VOA (i.e. FCC) in there
anywhere. The new enforcement push is a considerable and very welcome
improvement over what I remember which was close to a free-for-all that made
ham radio look like a waste of time and spectrum. If they didn't care, they
would have given ham radio enough rope to hang itself (i.e. more levels, not
fewer) and be done with it.

73...Mark - KB3CWS

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
Behalf Of Jon Ogden
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2000 12:17 AM
To: ke6qis@juno.com; amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] new potential band threat

on 3/13/00 6:59 PM, ke6qis@juno.com at ke6qis@juno.com wrote:

> Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials say they are working on
> rules that would create a trading system in which telecommunications
> companies could bid on frequencies that are owned by other companies but
> are underused.
> FCC Chairman Bill Kennard has laid out a series of steps to better
> utilize existing portions of the airwaves. For example, license holders
> that aren't using all of their frequencies could post that availability
> on a website for other interested companies.
> Last week, the FCC created a new class of commercial licensees called
> "guard band managers." They will receive their licenses through the
> normal bidding process. But then the managers could turn around and lease
> slices of the airwaves to commercial service providers or third parties.

I don't find this worrisome at all.  It applies to the commercial market
place and commercial license holders.  If I as a commercial entity hold a
license, what this is doing is allowing me to sell an unused license to
someone else and make money on it.  Sounds good to me.

However, the FCC is NOT just selling underutilized spectrum.  From what I
read it is the individual license holders.

Since Amateur radio is a non-commercial, non-moneymaking service and no ham
is licensed for a specific frequency, I don't think any ham is going to be
putting his license up for auction.  Nor do I see any way as to how a
commercial interest would be able to bid on it.



Jon Ogden



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