House Backs 700-MHz Auction Delay

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The House of Representatives approved by voice vote Tuesday evening a
bipartisan measure aimed at delaying the 700-megahertz spectrum auction for the
sixth time.

The Senate has a similar measure on the table.

The legislators, large carriers and the Cellular Telecommunications and
Internet Association all backed the bill despite a current federal law requiring
that the government sell license by September.

The vote increases pressure on the Federal Communications Commission, which
repeatedly has said the auction will go on.

'We have no comment on the auction schedule. It is still scheduled for June
19,' an FCC spokeswoman said.

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