Deborah D. McAdams /
11.20.2013 03:00 PM
NAB2FCC: Don't Redesignate Full TV Band
International Bureau favors wholesale reallocation
WASHINGTON — The broadcast lobby sent an Away Team to the Portals this week to urge regulators to resist the urge to open the entire broadcast TV band up for mobile wireless operations. This wholesale co-designation was first proffered in the 2010 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking pertaining to channel-sharing and improved VHF performance.

Rick Kaplan, Jane Mago and Bruce Franca of the National Association of Broadcasters—all former FCC staffers themselves—met with members of the FCC’s International Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology. The NAB Away Team “addressed the International Bureau’s ongoing advocacy in domestic and international working groups for adding a mobile allocation across the entire current broadcast television band, regardless of the amount of spectrum recovered in the upcoming incentive auction,” an ex parte filing on the meeting stated.

They “reminded” Bureau staff that the co-designation was the subject of two open proceedings, including the channel-sharing and incentive auction dockets.

“Thus, not only has the commission taken no action on this issue, it has affirmatively raised the question and could decide in the near future that it would be improper (sic) to designate the entire broadcast televise band for broadcast and mobile services,” the filing stated “NAB urged the Bureau not to exceed its authority, and to maintain a neutral position on the question of allocations, until it receives further clarification from Chairman [Tom] Wheeler an the commissioners through the rulemaking process already under way.”

The team also said adding a mobile wireless designation to the entire TV band was unnecessary.

“There is simply no reason to add such an allocation beyond the spectrum that is repurpose din the auction,” the filing stated “ The broadcast band is already tightly packed, and will be more so post-auction, with full-power, low-power and Class A broadcasters, plus their translators, wireless microphones, public safety users and unlicensed devices in the unused white spaces. There is no room for commercial mobile services.

“The only apparent purpose of this proposed allocation, therefore, is to suggest that the commission has future plans to remove from the band those broadcasters remaining after the voluntary incentive auction. Even if that were the case—and NAB strongly objects to any further reduction in the ability of free, over-the-air broadcasters to compete—the commission could always add the mobile allocation at a later date  when any other portion of the band was repurposed.”

Also see... April 11, 2012, “NAB Asks FCC to Delay Spectrum Redesignation
“Giving co-primary priority to wireless services across the entire broadcast band is unprecedented on both a national and international level.”

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Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 11-21-2013 09:31 AM Report Comment
Does one get the feeling TV broadcasting days are numbered?!!
Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 11-21-2013 11:46 AM Report Comment
TV broadcasting via airwaves are like the landline phone, some still use it to pick up the digital signal. Television broadcasters distribution is done via cable, Telco, satellite, and with the amount of data required for future growth via wireless internet the government needs to supply as much bandwidth as possible. The wireless industry will drive the overall economy.
Posted by: Anonymous
Fri, 11-22-2013 12:57 AM Report Comment
Taking the spectrum away from broadcasters for the "Next Generation Of Moblie Devices " is a technical error. The large mobile phone companies are perfecting ghz mobile technologies because 5G will not work on the TV bands. OTA broadcasting is increasing in popularity not dereasing. Bottum line is 5G needs ghz frequencies to work, so why end the most popular and best performing TV format in history for nothing? Here is a way to get some spectrum: Convert everyone to 4G and free up the wasted spectrum the mobile companies have. Broadcasters do not waste spectrum on each version of their systems like the mobiles do. When there is an emergency does anyone really think that going online with a hand held device will substitute for television? Do we want to change the name of this magazine to cell phones-r-us? Tom Wheeler is a cell phone guy. Does any one see anything wrong with this picture? Hand held devices are just that. Anyone notice TVs getting smaller? Let's not damage or end broadcast television on a flawed premise. Better yet, let's not damage broadcast television at all.

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