Thune’s Spectrum Bill Removed from Nov. 18 Markup Session

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By Lydia Beyoud

A draft Senate spectrum bill to promote broadband deployment has been pulled from a Nov. 18 legislative markup session, a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee spokeswoman confirmed to Bloomberg BNA Nov. 16.

Consideration of the draft MOBILE NOW Act was postponed to allow for additional feedback and is tentatively rescheduled for December, committee spokeswoman Lauren Hammond said via e-mail.

Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune's (R-S.D.) office circulated his draft proposal Nov. 6 to incentivize federal agencies to relinquish at least 50 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum for auction by 2024. The draft bill would also propose measures to facilitate additional government spectrum relinquishment or sharing, and speed broadband infrastructure deployment to meet consumer demand for mobile data.