Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: July 29, 2011

This is a critical time for broadcast stations across America. Congressional and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposals to reallocate spectrum or what you might know as the “airwaves” is a huge issue facing all local broadcast stations.

Currently, House, Senate and White House leaders are negotiating national debt ceiling legislation, which may include spectrum incentive auction authority. Broadcasters want to ensure that any spectrum policy protects TV viewers by ensuring they do not lose the valuable services local stations provide or hinder ongoing or future innovations.

Here is a quick review of the issues and the take of the National Association of Broadcasters, which lobbies on behalf of local broadcasters across the country:

The spectrum is highly sought by the wireless industry, but over-the-air local television still provides the most news and information of any electronic medium and is essential to the information needs of Americans.

Call (800) 556-0229 today to be connected with your senators and express your concerns that TV stations and viewers are protected in any spectrum proposal that may be included in debt ceiling legislation.