The White House listed $28 billion in expected "revenue enhancement" to come from auctioning off much of the recovered spectrum. Another portion of the spectrum would be used to create a broadband wireless "public safety" network favored by several Senators.
The CBO analysis cast some doubts as to the viability of the plan and the revenue estimates. The CBO analysis came up with significantly lower numbers, and said that it would be “difficult to predict how much spectrum would be auctioned by 2021 because of the time and cost involved in moving existing users."
In addition, the FCC has yet to release its analysis of how the reallocation would affect TV broadcast service and reception by viewers would be affected by the mandated changes. As a point of comparison, during the 2009 digital transition, only 174 stations moved to new channels, and those moves were voluntary.
While the FCC has always planned on recovering some of the TV bands with the digital transition, it looks like this is too much, too fast. The FCC, Congress, and the White House need to consider the potential impacts of such a massive reconfiguration of existing allocations, and not see it as little more than a potential source of revenues.