The Winding Road to Spectrum Reform2010.04.05 10:43 by Daniela
Keywords: FCC, broadband
When communications regulators delivered their national broadband plan to Congress last month, the wireless industry appeared to score a victory, praising the plan's recommendations to reallocate large swaths of spectrum for mobile broadband networks.
But the spectrum question remains highly unsettled, as the Federal Communications Commission would require congressional approval to buy back licenses from television broadcasters to then sell at "incentive auctions."
Broadcasters are already gearing up for what promises to be a protracted fight in Congress over the issue.
"The play will be in Congress," a senior broadcast industry source told InternetNews.com.
The official described the industry's plans to convince lawmakers that it is false choice to position broadcast as an impediment to broadband service, and noted that broadcast spectrum remains the lifeblood of free over-the-air TV and will power the growing crop of mobile TV services.
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