As part of its massive $3 trillion budget plan for the 2008 fiscal year, the Bush Administration has proposed a $313 million budget for the FCC that calls for legislation mandating auctions for ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) spectrum used in conjunction with mobile satellite networks, and for certain domestic space station licenses. The proposed FCC budget for FY 2008 represents an increase of $25 million over the past fiscal year. All but $1 million of the budget amount earmarked for the FCC would be collected from the U.S. telecom industry in the form of regulatory fees. As part of the FCC’s budget request, the White House is pushing for legislation that would authorize the FCC to conduct spectrum auctions for ATC as well as for domestic satellite services that include direct-to-home television and satellite radio. Officials believe that the auction of such spectrum could bring in billions of dollars in revenues during the next ten years. The White House is also calling for legislation that would authorize the FCC to collect an estimated $3.6 billion over the next ten years through the imposition of user fees on “unauctioned spectrum licenses based on public interest and spectrum management principles.” A spokesman for wireless association CTIA applauded the Administration’s proposals, noting that the wireless industry has long endorsed auctions for ATC and for any spectrum used for land-based systems. Asserting that the U.S. satellite industry “is one of the most efficient users of spectrum today, especially given the range of critical services we provide to the economy, national and homeland security,” Satellite Industry Association executive director David Cavossa vowed: “we will be watching this issue closely.”