New York Legislators to FCC: Protecting Free Over-the-Air TV Is Vital
Tell FCC chair to make sure stakeholders have plenty of input on repacking plan
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/21/2012 4:41:53 PM
In a letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, the legislators said that plan must not adversely affect their constituents' access to free over-the-air TV, which they said was equally important to freeing up spectrum for broadband. They also said it was "incredibly important" to allow the stakeholders to review and comment on any proposal before it is finalized.
FCC sources have said the NPRM as drafted asks for input on a variety of proposals and provides a lengthy comment period. The plan is also to vote out an order by mid-2013.
The legislators also said the FCC should continue to work closely with Canadian officials on border issues. Treaties on border channel assignments need adjusting or there could be little spectrum room for stations after repacking.
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