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Broadband Subcommittee Urges Leasing of FCC Broadband Spectrum Licenses

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The Broadband Contract Subcommittee — formed by the Joint Bond Review Committee (JBRC) to review the recommendations of the Educational Broadband Services Commission (EBSC) regarding leasing out state broadband spectrum – met yesterday to discuss recommendations from the Educational Broadband Services Commission.

The four members of the Broadband Contract Subcommittee — appointed by Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman — are:

  • Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell
  • Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler
  • Representative Dan Cooper
  • Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter

The EBSC was created by H 4735 in 2008 to review contracts between South Carolina and the two organizations — Clearwire Spectrum Holdings III, LLC and Digital Bridge Spectrum Corporation — who bid for 95 percent of broadband spectrum available. The Broadband Contract Subcommittee voted unanimously to accept the EBSC recommendations.

By leasing the full 95 percent of the available space, South Carolina will collect approximately $142.7 million over 30 years. The state will receive $7 million up front.

The Joint Bond Review Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, where this issue will be part of the agenda.


Written by Oliver Hartner

September 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm

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  1. Check your link. H. 4735 predates the bid you mention. The SCEBC was created “For the purpose of obtaining and evaluating proposals from commercial entities for the leasing of spectrum capacity.” The Joint Clearwire / DBC bid was then submitted to the Commission and later recomended by that Commission to the JBRC.


    September 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm

  2. FYI: Please note that the EBSC was created by H: 4735 to review other contracts for the rights to South Carolina’s broadband spectrum. However, it was NOT created solely to review the Clearwire and Digital Bridge contract. It is the opinion of the EBSC that the leasing rights be awarded to Clearwire and Digital Bridge.

    Oliver Hartner

    September 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm

  3. […] In a prior meeting, the Broadband Subcommittee agreed to the leasing of 95 percent of what has been termed “excess” SCETV broadband spectrum and recommended to the full committee that the lease be approved. The state and ETV plans to enter into agreements with Clearwire Spectrum Holdings III, LLC and DigitalBridge Spectrum Corporation for the lease of the excess spectrum. […]

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