Fisher Communications CEO Colleen Brown says, “We need the bandwidth to fulfill the promise to viewers and support our future growth plans including the expansion of high-definition, multichannel and mobile television.”
Fisher Communications CEO Colleen Brown told securities analysts yesterday that broadcasters cannot afford to let the FCC take away broadcast spectrum and auction it off to wireless broadband providers.
“We need the bandwidth to fulfill the promise to viewers and support our future growth plans including the expansion of high-definition, multichannel and mobile television,” Brown said during her company’s third-quarter conference call.
Brown also said that she met this week with “several key members” of the Obama administration to register her opinion about losing spectrum.
“This is an important public policy issuance and Fisher will remain engaged in this discussion,” she added.
Brown also said that the idea that broadcasters would be able to share in the proceeds from the auctioning of the spectrum is a “pipe dream.”
“We didn’t pay for it in the first place, she said. “I think the American public will have a real problem if we benefit from it. They consider it the public airwaves.”