Payroll tax cut extension passage also grants FCC spectrum auction authority

Josh Peterson Contributor
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The House passed an extension of the payroll tax cut this morning after representatives from both sides of the chamber hammered out a deal earlier this week; a Senate vote is planned for this afternoon, and early indications are that it’ll pass.

That may not seem like an interesting development for members of the wireless community, but approval of the voluntary auction of spectrum currently reserved for television broadcasts — a contentious issue over the past couple years — is attached to the bill, and virtually every stakeholder in the wireless community (including the FCC) is in favor of the auction.

Full Story: Voluntary TV spectrum auction on tap with approval locked in Congress