On November 30, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking setting the stage for voluntary broadcast spectrum auctions that could provide consumers with the robust mobile broadband services they demand while preserving over-the-air TV that many rely upon.
Recommendation #189 FCC Chapter: 15.9 Congress should consider amending the Copyright Act to enable public and broadcast media to more easily contribute their archival content to a digital national archive and grant reasonable noncommercial downstream usage rights for this content to the American people.
Recommendation #188 FCC Chapter: 15.8 The federal government should create and fund Video.gov to publish its digital video archival material and facilitate the creation of a federated national digital archive to house public interest digital content.
Recommendation #187 FCC Chapter: 15.7 Congress should consider amending the Copyright Act to provide for copyright exemptions to public broadcasting organizations for online broadcast and distribution of public media.
Congress should consider granting authority to the Federal Communications Commission to impose spectrum fees on license holders and to National Telecommunications and Information Administration to impose spectrum fees on users of government spectrum.