Telecommunications Industry Association is in favor of moving spectrum from broadcasters to broadband use, claiming such a move would have “significant public benefits” that trump television.
The nation’s telecommunications equipment manufacturers think the FCC should consider reallocating broadcast TV spectrum for broadband use.
According to the comments filed by Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which represents those manufacturers, the public benefits far more from broadband services than from over-the-air broadcasting.
The FCC is conducting a major inquiry as part of its effort to establish a national broadband plan.
It’s been suggested that the agency take TV broadcast spectrum and reallocate it for wireless broadband use.
“TIA believes that wireless broadband services have significant public benefits relative to over the air television broadcasting, including telehealth, distance learning, enablement of the smart grid, intelligent transportation, improved public safety and teleworking.”
TIA acknowledges that broadcasting is “of benefit to many.” However, the telecommunications manufacturers insist these benefits are “overshadowed by the significant public benefits of increasing spectrum for wireless broadband, especially considering methods available to make broadcasters; use of spectrum more efficient.”
TIA warns: “The consequences of not making sufficient spectrum available for wireless broadband could be severe.”