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October 26, 2009
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Files Comments on Spectrum Management

WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Broadcasters filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission late Friday concerning the agency's request for information on spectrum management practices as they relate to the rollout of nationwide broadband. NAB's comments were filed jointly with the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV).

NAB and MSTV encouraged the FCC to consider all frequencies that may be suitable for wireless broadband, noting that frequencies above 3.7 GHz have been allocated for a variety of wireless services, including broadband applications. NAB also noted that broadcasters recently freed up more than 100 MHz of spectrum through the digital TV transition.

"The multi-billion dollar investments by broadcast television stations, equipment manufacturers, the government and consumers have enabled the intensive use of each television station's 6 MHz channel to deliver a variety of high definition and multicast programming, mobile DTV and other ancillary and supplemental services -- all while freeing up more than 100 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband and other new commercial and public safety uses."

The entire filing can be read in PDF format here.

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