Originally published: March 17, 2011
Last updated: March 17, 2011 - 8:33pm
In what they bill as a historic pairing, the heads of CTIA: The Wireless Association and the Consumer Electronics Association have co-signed a letter to Congress taking aim at broadcasters.
It is the latest skirmish in a spectrum battle that flared this week after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC had enough information about where spectrum was being used to know there was a shortage, that cable and satellite operators were not hoarding it, and that it was time for Congress to give the FCC authority to compensate broadcasters for the spectrum the FCC wants to reclaim from them for wireless broadband. In their letter, CEA President Gary Shapiro and CTIA President Steve Largent said that broadcasters should look at themselves when talking about warehousing spectrum. They argue that broadcasters have significant unused spectrum in each market and that even when it is used, broadcasters reach less than 10% of Americans. They said broadcasters "conveniently overlook" those points in a "frantic desire to obfuscate and delay" legislation creating voluntary incentive auctions. They call on the leadership of the FCC oversight committees to move ahead with incentive auction legislation.
- Why The White House and CTIA Don't Agree On Incentive Auction Revenue, And Why I Think Both May Be Wrong.
- Analyst: AT&T deal could delay spectrum bills
- Rep Dingell Wants Spectrum Answers from FCC
- FCC's Genachowski shoots down broadcast 'hoarding' claim: 'Not true'
- Sen Snowe's office questions spectrum crunch
- Analysis: AT&T mega merger bad sign for spectrum reform
- FCC, not free market, best for spectrum auction
- White House rallies support for spectrum auctions
- NAB wants FCC Data Suggesting No Fallow Spectrum
- The incredible shrinking US broadband plan
- Hearst TV: Government Should Not Scrap Local Broadcasting In Favor Of National Service
- Small broadcasters push back against FCC spectrum grab
- Spectrum fight: Mobile broadband vs. TV broadcasts
- State Broadcasters to Senate: Only One Incentive Auction
- Reallocate Broadcast Television Spectrum