Frontline plan draws support, ire at hearing

A senate Commerce Committee hearing today on the controversial Frontline Wireless proposal to carve out 10 MHz of spectrum in the FCC's upcoming 700 MHz auction drew a mixed response from members.

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) questioned whether Frontline's plan would lower the total bidding amount of the spectrum--a point that Dick Lynch, Verizon Wireless executive vice president and CTO drove home. "Restricting eligibility would unquestionably reduce the economic benefits of the auction," Lynch said.

The FCC is expected to announce the rules for the 700 MHz auction within the next two weeks.

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