TV Spectrum Sellers Call For Early Auction

A coalition of the willing — TV stations eager to sell their spectrum back to the FCC so it can be auctioned to wireless carriers — is urging the agency to stick to its plan to buy and sell the spectrum next year. That runs counter to the NAB, which has been calling for a more deliberate approach. “The NAB appropriately is focused on the vast majority of stations who will remain in broadcasting and our coalition is focused on broadcasters who want to participate in the auction if they can get fair value for their spectrum,” says former Disney-ABC lobbyist Preston Padden who now fronts for the coalition.