Doug Lung /
02.24.2011 03:40 PM
Spectrum Bill Would Auction Public Safety Spectrum

The Society for Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) have concerns about a bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives H.R.607 -- Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011.

HR607 would clear all public safety spectrum above 170 MHz and below 512 MHz, and auction this and some additional spectrum to obtain funds for transitioning public safety communications to the 763-768 and 793-798 MHz bands. The additional spectrum is what SBE and the ARRL are concerned about: UHF frequencies 420-440 MHz (which is shared between the federal government and amateur radio operators) and the 450-470 MHz band (2 MHz of which is used by broadcasters for remote broadcasting, cuing, intercoms, transmitter remote control and other purposes).

One thing I haven't seen mentioned is the auction of the public safety spectrum on UHF Channels 14 to 20.

It seems to me this could be an ideal opportunity to free up some lower UHF spectrum to help broadcasters that would be forced off channels above 30 in the plan that the CEA and CTIA presented in the white paper that I discuss in another article this week.

The biggest problem in any channel restacking scheme is going to be finding channels for stations in the top markets—the same markets where public safety spectrum is in the lower UHF TV band. Giving these channels back to broadcasters avoids the problems of high power TV stations causing interference to wireless operations on adjacent UHF channels and the wireless operations causing interference to nearby TV devices.



Comments
Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found




Thursday 10:05 AM
NAB Requests Expedited Review of Spectrum Auction Lawsuit
“Broadcasters assigned to new channels following the auction could be forced to accept reductions in their coverage area and population served, with no practical remedy.” ~NAB

Wall Street Communications /   Friday 06:11 PM
Primestream Products on Display at CAPER 2014:
Wall Street Communications /   Friday 04:13 PM
Wohler Products at CCW 2014

 
Featured Articles
Exhibitions & Events
Discover TV Technology