The Society of Broadcast Engineers issued a legislative alert to its members this week. A Bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 10, states that within 10 years after the Act is adopted, the entirety of the paired spectrum between 420-440 MHz and 450-470 MHz must be auctioned by the FCC for commercial use. This includes the Broadcast Auxilliary Services (BAS) allocation at 450-451 MHz and 455-456 MHz. There is no proposed replacement spectrum for displaced BAS licensees. Of interest to hams would be that it also includes the 430-440 Mhz portion of the 70cm ham band often used for satelite and weak signal work. The spectrum targeted includes the 450-451 and 455-456 mhz sections which are used heavily by commercial radio broadcasters for remote pick-ups, as well as by many other civilian and defense users. The Bill was introduced by Representative Peter King, (R-NY) who serves as Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. The "Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011," has ten cosponsors as of now, including members of both political parties.