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Old 04-12-2011, 06:35 AM
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I'll work up a letter tonight, thanks for the feedback folks.

Nice to understand it now.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:24 AM
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Karie and I both wrote to our rep, Mike Coffman. He must prefer women constituents to men -- she received a response, but I did not. Here it is:

Dear Ms. Farr:

Thank you very much for contacting me regarding broadband access for first responders. I appreciate your thoughts on this issue and the opportunity to respond.

As you know, House Resolution 607, the Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011, was introduced by Representative Peter King on February 10, 2011. This bill has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee where it awaits further consideration. The legislation amends the Communications Act of 1934, to increase the electromagnetic spectrum allocation for public safety services. This increase is to be 10 megahertz, and be accomplished with a decrease in commercial use of the spectrum.

A contentious provision in the legislation pertains to a proposed auction of spectrum space. The 420 - 440 megahertz band, which has traditionally been used by amateur radio operators, is included in this auction.

H.R. 607 is still being considered by the Energy and Commerce Committee and could further be amended. Based on what I have learned about this legislation, I intend to oppose it should it come before the House for passage.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me. For more information on my work in Congress on your behalf, please sign up for my newsletter at https://forms.house.gov/coffman/webforms/enews.html.

Sincerely,

Michael Coffman
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:48 AM
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That's a great response from Rep Coffman because it's obvious that he (or his staff) read the email and is responding specifically to the issue. I mean, seriously, that's a detailed and on-topic reply.
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That is a great response. I got nothing more than an auto reply from Lamborn and that was March 30th.

"Thank you for your email. Your concerns and questions are important to me, and I will be back in touch with you shortly with an answer. As always, you are welcome to contact my staff for further assistance in Colorado Springs at (719) 520-0055 or in Washington, D.C. at (202) 225-4422.

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Here's what I got from my representative:

Thank you for contacting me to express your views on H.R. 607, the Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011. Your thoughts about this legislation are helpful to me.

As you may know, H.R. 607 would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to increase the electromagnetic spectrum allocation for public safety services by 10 megahertz and reduce such allocation for commercial use by the same amount. H.R. 607 is pending before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. While I am not a member of this committee, if H.R. 607 is brought before the full House for consideration, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.

It was good to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me any time. Also, do not hesitate to visit my website at bachus.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter to receive updates from Washington. It is an honor to serve as your United States Representative.

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Old 05-25-2011, 03:32 PM
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SB QST @ ARL $ARLB014
ARLB014 Senate "Companion" Bill to HR 607 Avoids Impacting Amateur
Spectrum

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ARRL Bulletin 14 ARLB014
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 25, 2011
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB014
ARLB014 Senate "Companion" Bill to HR 607 Avoids Impacting Amateur
Spectrum

On Thursday, May 19, Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and John McCain
(R-AZ) introduced S 1040 -- The Broadband for First Responders Act
of 2011 -- in the Senate. While it has a similar objective to HR
607 -- introduced in February by Representative Peter King (R-NY-3)
-- this Senate bill, unlike HR 607, does not call for auctioning any
portions of Amateur Radio spectrum.
Both bills call for the
allocation of the so-called "D block" of spectrum, 758-763 and
788-793 MHz, to facilitate the development of a public safety
broadband network.

On learning in February that a Senate version of HR 607 was being
drafted, ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, met with
staff members of the Senates Homeland Security and Governmental
Affairs Committee who were working on the bill to share the ARRL's
concerns with regard to HR 607. "They seemed very receptive to our
argument and appreciative of the public service contributions of
radio amateurs," Sumner said. "It is gratifying to see that S 1040
avoids impacting our spectrum allocations."

Sumner explained that while some media reports are referring to S
1040 as "the Senate version of HR 607," it is important that radio
amateurs not oppose S 1040: "There is no reason for us to do so.
We
support the creation of an interoperable broadband network for first
responders. Other than to oppose any method that would impact
amateur spectrum use, we do not support one method over another of
achieving that objective. We only oppose one aspect of HR 607, not
the entire bill."

S 1040 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Science,
Commerce, and Transportation, chaired by Senator Jay Rockefeller
(D-WV). Senator Rockefeller earlier introduced his own bill, S 28,
to address the same general topic. Neither Senate bill would impact
amateur spectrum.
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Good news.
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