(This is not a complete list of subcommittee members, just those who addressed the 700 MHz spectrum auction proposal directly. Those whose names are preceded by the word ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFORÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â expressed support for the proposal; those preceded by ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAGAINST,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â opposition; those with neither were noncommittal)
FOR: Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey, D-Mass: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMartinÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s plan is quite modest. It does not propose requiring existing wireless licensees, who serve over 200 million consumers today, to permit openness for wireless applications or allow consumers to switch from carrier to carrier and take their phone with them.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
FOR: Jane Harmon, D-Calif.: Public-private partnership for 1st responder network is a good idea.
FOR: Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s curious that open access is being described as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œrestrictions.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
FOR: Hilda Solis, D-Calif.: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWidespread bband canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t be achieved with typical corporate control.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
FOR: Lois Capps, D-Calif.: Supports MartinÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Carterfone rules on a portion of the spectrum. Encouraged commissioners to prevent anonymous bidding.
AGAINST: Gene Green, D-Texas: Open access shouldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t be supported by government process.
Bart Stupak, D-Mich.:
Urged FCC to
finalize band plan compatible with
John Dingell, D-Mich.: Concerned about costs to consumers.
Mike Doyle, D-Pa.: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAuctions will be one of the most important things the FCC will do in decades.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Bobby Rush, D-Ill.: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m tired of seeing the same faces plaing all the big roles and getting all the goodies from these auctions.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas: Asked about impact of open access on manufacterers, software makers and the overall value of the spectrum. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œCongress has already spent the auction proceeds.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
AGAINST: Ranking Member Fred Upton, R-Mich: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe proposal now circulating sounds like an experiment. It sounds to me as though the commission is asking the question ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIs there a business model to support a so called ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“open accessÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ approach to wireless?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â But I see it as a gamble. And at stake is the success of the DTV transition, billions of dollars in taxpayer funds, and public safety. This seems like far too much to put on the line.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
AGAINST: Joe Barton, R-Texas: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI am very disappointed that Chairman Martin has come up with this plan. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s not quite as bad as the Frontline plan, but I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t think itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s nearly as good as an absolute, no-condition auction.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
AGAINST: Mike Ferguson, R-N.J.: The 700 MHz auctoin should proceed without conditions or restrictoins to get as much revenue as possible.
AGAINST: Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWithout onerous service conditions, auctions can raise billions of dollars. Conditions will crowd out small carriers.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
AGAINST: Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. (not a member of the subcom, allowed by unanimous consent to speak): ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAuctions have worked for over a decade. We did not saddle licensees wiwth burdensome regulation.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
FOR: Chip Pickering, R-Miss.: Only Republican to part ways with colleagues and favor open access; produces investment for free market capitalization to work.
John Shimkus, R-Ill.: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMy concern is that they will shift small carriers away from lower band allocations.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Vito Fosella, R-N.Y.: To Martin: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHas anyone ever bought spectrum and parket it?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Martin: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œYes.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â