Rockefeller Says Deal Close On Incentive Legislation

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) sounded optimistic that a compromise version of incentive auction legislation would remain in payroll-tax action on the Hill.

The legislative language at hand would include creating and funding an interoperable emergency communications network.

Rockefeller has been pushing for that in his own bill and in a House bill that was eventually modified to include allocation, rather than auction, of that first responder spectrum.

"We've made great progress and are very close to a historic milestone-creation of a new nationwide communications network for our first responders," the Senate Commerce Committee chairman said in his statement. "My expectation is that we will be able to include this legislative language in the compromise payroll deal that is close to being finalized. Although we continue to hash out some of the finer points of the legislation, the end result should be the same: a new communications network that will save lives and generate economic growth."

The payroll bill conferees face an effective deadline of the end of the week for coming up with a compromise package.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.