House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced plans to schedule a vote on legislation to significantly expand the availability of spectrum for wireless broadband buildout and support the creation of a nationwide, interoperable, broadband public safety network. The bill is expected to spur significant job creation, technological innovation, and deficit reduction. The soon-to-be introduced legislation is called the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act of 2011.
"Spectrum legislation is a longstanding priority for both parties and a key element of our pro-jobs strategy, and it is now time for the Communications and Technology Subcommittee to vote on the long-awaited JOBS Act of 2011," said Walden. "This legislation will create thousands of jobs, establish an interoperable public safety network, and reduce the deficit. The legislation and other specifics will be made available next week in advance of a markup to be scheduled for December 1."