James Careless /
11.05.2013 02:21PM
EOCA, CEA Want No Limits on TV Spectrum Bids
Lobbyists release ‘Maximizing the Success of the Incentive Auction’ report
WASHINGTON— Restricting who can bid on TV stations selling spectrum could result in reduced FCC revenues and even a failed auction process. That’s the warning from the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition and the Consumer Electronics Association.

To make their case, the EOBC and CEA have released what they describe as a “data-driven analysis of FCC bidding restrictions” called ‘Maximizing the Success of the Incentive Auction.’ Written by Fred Campbell, former Chief of the FCC’s wireless telecommunications division, this report says previous FCC bidding restrictions delayed the provision of new wireless services to 68 percent of the public by a “weighted average” of nearly seven years and lowered net auction bids on spectrum by 31 to 61 percent.

In this instance, the EOBC and CEA are aiming at the proposed auctioning of broadcast spectrum by TV stations to wireless carriers. They fear that a competition-minded FCC might restrict wireless heavyweights AT&T and Verizon from gaining too much spectrum through their bids, thus lowering auction revenues for TV broadcasters who are selling bandwidth. The EOBC/CEA report estimates that nearly $5.8 billion in revenues could be lost if bidding restrictions are placed of 50 percent of available spectrum.

“New options are emerging for TV stations to use their existing spectrum licenses,” said Preston Padden, executive director, EBOC. “To attract the critical mass of broadcasters necessary to make the auction a success, we need competitive bidding among all wireless carriers for every license and the assurance that every TV station will be fully compensated for its spectrum rights.” (Note: EOBC does not release the names of its members.)

For its part, “NAB has not taken a position on spectrum aggregation limits or the recent study from the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition and CEA,” said Zamir Ahmed, NAB’s Manager of Media Relations.
 
Speaking on background, an NAB source explained that the association’s position, with respect to the auction, is to protect broadcasters who decide to stay in business and that bidding limits do not factor into this effort.


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Posted by: Anonymous
Mon, 11-11-2013 - 6:46PM Report Comment
The FCC is taking broadcasting spectrum for telephone devices that already work just fine on the frequencies they have. The next generation devices or 5G will not work on the broadcast frequencies. 5G needs ghz bands to work but broadcasters don't use those bands. Telephone uses of spectrum do not use the frequencies efficeintlly. They use a new frequency for each new speed requiring more and more spectrum. Broadcasters use the same frequencies for each version of the technology. This incorrect bias toward the telephone giants is technically incorrect. Why get them spectrum that is not usefull for 5G? They are perfecting sytems using the ghz bands as we speak making use of broadcast bands unneeded. Broadcasters pay for the spectrum year after year forever. The auction is a one time sale. When a station is gone it can never provide eas warnings or notify the public of local emergencies, a loss to the general public. The trend is for TVs getting larger, so a handheld device will never replace a TV! This auction is wrong on many levels. Putting LPTV small business men out on the street is a travesty. LPTV people have been told for years that they are secondary to full power stations not cell phones. Now they will be displaced by cell phones forever for frequencies the cell phone companies will eventually abandon because they are not usefull for the next generation devices. The FCC is putting thousands of small businessmen out of business to pander to large corporations need for spectrum on a false premise. Next generation 5G does not work on broadcast bands. That is why the giant cell phone companies are perfecting ghz transmission systems. So why the auction?






 
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