• The Senate Commerce Committee approved S. 911, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act, by a vote of 21 to 4 during its Executive Session on June 8, 2011. The bill would create the incentive auctions for broadcast spectrum long advocated by Chairman Genachowski, along with other initiatives related to public safety, including allocation of 10 megahertz of spectrum, known as the “D-block,” to public safety. The bill also would require that surplus revenue from spectrum auctions, estimated to be more than $10 billion, would be directed to the US Treasury for deficit reduction. The bill now goes to the full Senate. To view a press release about the bill, click here. To view the bill, click here