House Hearing Tackles Spectrum Incentive Auction

July 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

On Tuesday, July 23, a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the upcoming auction of broadcast airwaves. Television stations across America were represented by the National Association of Broadcasters foremost spectrum expert, Rick Kaplan, formerly of the Federal Communications Commission.

Kaplan’s testimony outlined broadcasters’  desire to ensure television viewers are not harmed as a result of the airwaves auction. To do this, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is executing the auction, should ensure that viewer impact is a top consideration when the FCC determines which stations will be forced to move when the airwaves are [ML1] reshuffled. The FCC should also ensure that a new spectrum arrangement does not cause interference between TV stations and wireless services. Also, broadcasters are urging the FCC to protect rural viewers that depend on translators to carry their local television signals into their homes.

While urging Congress to provide oversight to ensure TV viewers are not harmed, Kaplan indicated NAB’s support of the auction and stressed “getting it done right is more important than simply getting it done right now.”

To read Rick Kaplan’s testimony in its entirety, please click here.

As the FCC continues to move forward with conducting an auction of the TV airwaves, broadcasters’ main concern continues to be the impact it will have on our TV viewers and ensuring that stations can continue to provide the services, such as emergency updates, news and entertainment, as well as mobile TV, to those who depend on free, local television each day.

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