10.26.2009 02:00 PM
Broadcasters Want Facts About Spectrum Demands
WASHINGTON : The
folks representing broadcasting in Washington would like a little more
information about the FCC’s developing spectrum plan. Amid calls to reallocate
broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband, the National Association of
Broadcasters and the Association for Maximum Service Television filed
comments late Friday on the commission’s September request for feedback on
spectrum management practices.
“NAB and MSTV encouraged the FCC to consider all frequencies that may be
suitable for wireless broadband, noting that frequencies above 3.7 GHz have
been allocated for a variety of wireless services, including broadband
applications. NAB also noted that broadcasters recently freed up more than 100
MHz of spectrum through the digital TV transition,” the NAB said in a filing
The FCC’s query comprises five main areas: What can current wireless
allocations handle now? What’s the ability for it to accommodate new services?
What is the anticipated demand and the requirement to fulfill it? What spectrum
is best suited for fixed wireless broadband? What are the key issues of
reallocation with regard to public interest?
“The multi-billion dollar investments by broadcast television stations,
equipment manufacturers, the government and consumers have enabled the
intensive use of each television station’s 6 MHz channel to deliver a variety
of high-definition and multicast programming, mobile DTV and other ancillary
and supplemental services--all while freeing up more than 100 MHz of spectrum
for wireless broadband and other new commercial and public safety uses,” NAB
and MSTV said.
They urged the FCC to create a broadband plan that “is in harmony with the
public policy goals served by existing uses of the spectrum.”