Senate draft bill would free up more federal spectrum

A draft bill circulating in the Senate would aim to expand the nation's wireless capacity, including freeing up more underused radio spectrum that is assigned to federal agencies.

A highlight of the bill, being developed by the Senate Commerce Committee, is a system of financial incentives for federal agencies to give up more of their underused spectrum, The Wall Street Journal reported. The bill also would boost a target in the Bipartisan Budget Act for identifying and auctioning more spectrum, from the current 30 MHz, to 50 MHz by 2024.  

The bill is titled the "Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act," or the MOBILE NOW Act. Article (sub. req.)