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By siding with wireless providers, the federal government will get the money it needs to finance its national broadband initiative. That money will come at the loss of TV broadcasters, though, which may be forced to give up spectrum for the auctions.  (Source: BPSCPAS)
Wireless service providers look to get more spectrum for next generation wireless gadgets

For some television providers, the Federal Communication Commission's ambitious National Broadband Plan is no big deal.  After all, while it will attempt to deliver a reasonably-priced national competitor to overpriced local cable internet offerings, it will also give telecoms extra bandwidth in order to pay for the national offering.

For some TV providers, who lack wireless offerings, though, the situation could be decidedly worse.  The FCC is determined to auction off one ninth (300 MHz of spectrum, in total) of the 300 MHz to 3 GHz UHF zone in so-called "incentive auctions".

The FCC on Monday created [PDF] a "spectrum task force" to "advance the FCC’s spectrum agenda and promote collaboration across the agency."  That group is plotting "the execution of the spectrum recommendations in the National Broadband Plan, including long-term spectrum planning."

TV station owners face having their spectrum seized from them to fuel America's passion for smartphones.  While they will receive a portion of the auction proceeds (the federal government will also pocket a share), they will be left with less spectrum to broadcast on.

The National Broadband Plan insists that this is fair, stating, "This sharing of proceeds creates appropriate incentives for incumbents to cooperate with the FCC in reallocating their licensed spectrum to services that the market values more highly."

It's hard to say just how big an effect on television providers, particularly small broadcasters, the plan might have.  Under the guidance of Julius Knapp, Chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering Technology, and Ruth Milkman, head of the Wireless  Telecommunications Bureau, the FCC seems intent to carry through with it, though, for better or worse.

The National Association of Broadcasters has already let its position be known, loud and clear [PDF]: "We cannot endorse this proposal."

But when it comes to federal regulators, they may discover that they don't have a choice in the matter.



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By JediJeb on 4/28/2010 3:33:27 PM , Rating: 2
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Nothing is being redistributed you brainless ninny.


Hmmm if nothing is being redistributed then that means the original users of this spectrum will still be using it. If it is given to someone else then it is being taken away from one user and given to another. That latter sounds like redistribution to me.

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At the same time broadcasters are underutilizing the fresh new spectrum they were given during the digital conversion.


Actually broadcasters were not given fresh new spectrum in the digital conversion. They are still broadcasting in PART of the original spectrum. The rest has already been taken from them and auctioned off, now the FCC is taking more. Even during analog broadcasts they weren't under utilizing the spectrum, the FCC just wanted to have them use less spectrum so they forced the conversion to digital which allows stations to operate in a narrower band. True they do transmit more data in that narrower band which increases bandwidth efficiency, but overall the service quality I believe is less than it was when it was analog as I have posted in another thread here.


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