A ‘Win-Win’ with Broadcast Incentive Auctions
Last month, we summarized our comments to the FCC on the importance of utilizing broadcast incentive auctions to ease the impending spectrum crunch and promote continued wireless innovation. As we said then and have highlighted again in our reply comments on the proceeding, the Commission’s proposals in the “TV Spectrum Innovation NPRM” represent a crucial first step in developing a framework to reallocate broadcast spectrum. The record in the proceeding demonstrates the FCC should:
- Continue its efforts to develop a comprehensive framework for reallocation of broadcast television spectrum for mobile broadband use via incentive auctions;
- Adopt its proposal to add fixed and mobile allocations for the UHF band;
- Adopt its proposal to permit voluntary channel sharing which would help to “preserve over-the-air television as a healthy, viable medium going forward, in a way that would benefit consumers overall;”
- Continue to explore its proposals to increase the utility of the VHF TV spectrum; and
- Undertake a careful examination of the benefits of moving to cellularized broadcast systems.