A coalition of 16 station owners tells the FCC that plans to move spectrum from TV to wireless ignores the fact that digital broadcast TV service is the “highest and best use of spectrum in the public interest.”
A coalition of 16 local TV station groups stated their strong objections to any attempts by the FCC to reallocate their spectrum to wireless broadband.
They said reallocating TV spectrum would be “anti-competitive” and could “conveniently eliminate the wireless industry’s most serious competitive threat — Mobile DTV.”
In reply comments filed at to the FCC today, the TV groups also said any spectrum reallocation from television to wireless broadband would amount to the FCC “picking industry winners and losers.”
The public would be denied the “triple play” of HD, multicast and mobile, said the filing.
The comments were submitted on behalf of Allbritton Communications, Bahakel Communications, Boise Telecasters, Cocola Broadcasting Companies, Communications Corp. of America, Evening Post Publishing Co., Granite Broadcasting, Gray Television, Jovon Broadcasting, Local TV, McGraw-Hill Broadcasting, Media General, Meredith Broadcasting, Midwest Television, Smith Media and WNAC Providence, R.I.
The FCC has launched a proceeding aimed at creating a national plan that would make broadband access less expensive and more widely available.
The wireless telephone industry and others have suggested the commission take back broadcaster spectrum and use it for wireless broadband. They argue that broadcaster use of the spectrum is inefficient.
But broadcasters are fighting back resisting any attempts to force them to vacate their spectrum.
Digital broadcast TV service is the “highest and best use of spectrum in the public interest,” argued the local broadcasters.
“Every day, television broadcasters rapidly deliver news, weather, sports , entertainment, and emergency messaging demanded by their local communities at no cost to consumers– and every day this responsibility begins anew,” wrote the TV groups.