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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB007 (2001)

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ARLB007 Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2001 Introduced

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ARRL Bulletin 7  ARLB007
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 9, 2001
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB007 Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2001 Introduced

The Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2001 is now officially
HR 817. Rep Michael Bilirakis of Florida introduced the bill on
March 1 in the US House of Representatives. ARRL President Jim
Haynie, W5JBP, and ARRL First Vice President Joel Harrison, W5ZN,
visited the Congressman's office to thank him personally for his
continuing interest in protecting amateur allocations.

The measure has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and
Commerce. The bill seeks to amend the Communications Act of 1934 by
requiring the FCC to make no reallocation of primary Amateur and
Amateur-Satellite allocations, diminish any secondary Amateur and
Amateur-Satellite allocations, or make additional allocations within
amateur allocations that would substantially reduce their utility
without also providing equivalent replacement spectrum.

Early this month, a contingent of ARRL officials went to Washington
for a three-day round of visits with senators and congressmen and
their staff members. Haynie and Harrison also visited the FCC, where
they spoke with Peter Tenhula, Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman
Michael Powell.

Haynie was upbeat about the impact of the visits. ''Once again we had
an opportunity to tell our story about Amateur Radio and the
important function it serves, especially in public service and
education,'' he said.
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