The Obama Administration released its budget blueprint for 2009. This blueprint proposes a spectrum license user fee that would generate $50 million in 2009, increasing to $550 million by 2012. No additional details were provided on the nature of this user fee in the blueprint; thus, it is unclear whether it would apply to all users of spectrum (e.g., wireless providers and broadcasters), or just those that did not acquire the spectrum through an auction proceeding. In past budgets, a user fee on television and radio spectrum has been proposed, but never enacted. The blueprint is a beginning stage of the budget process, and the proposals are likely to change and evolve as they move through Congress. We will continue to monitor the progress of this proposal closely.