The Bush administration last July announced plans to free 90MHz of spectrum for commercial wireless services, 45MHz of which is occupied by the military. Under those plans, the Department of Defense has until 2008 to relocate its systems in the 1710MHz to 1755MHz band. The legislation faces an uphill battle, even in the House. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., a vocal proponent of the measure, said Wednesday that it is likely to face resistance from members of the appropriations committees, who traditionally have authority over federal spending decisions.
"This bill does not reflect the normal congressional process," Tauzin said, urging members of the subcommittee to promote it actively among their colleagues. "Weve got to sell it to some people as we go forward."