FCC Hopes TV Airwave Auction Will Ease Wireless Logjam2011.04.13 09:35 by Daniela
Keywords: FCC, TV, Wireless
An impending spectrum crisis in the mobile broadband sector means some TV air signals will need to be redistributed to meet the demand, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking Congressional approval for holding incentive auctions to help compensate TV broadcasters for handing over some of their spectrum to wireless companies.
"I believe the single most important step that will drive our mobile economy and address consumer frustration is authorizing voluntary incentive auctions," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told broadcasters at their annual convention in Las Vegas.
But broadcasters have been reluctant to agree, worried that parting with their airwaves could have unintended consequences for signals and the viewers they serve.
"We're talking about putting the whole system at risk," Alan Frank, chief executive of Post-Newsweek Stations Inc, said earlier in the week at the conference.
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