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Noncoms Oppose Spectrum Auctions

Noncoms Oppose Spectrum Auctions

Noncoms don’t want to bid at auction for their spectrum and have gone to court to try and get an FCC ruling about that reversed. National Public Radio, the Association of America’s Public Television Stations and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reverse a recent commission ruling that would make non com radio and TV stations bid for new spectrum reserved for non-coms.
Commercial stations already must bid for new spectrum after Congress ruled the federal government should be compensated when stations receive new frequency allocations. At the time, the FCC said it would decide later how noncoms would be affected by that ruling.
The FCC ruled June 8 that noncoms must bid in the open market for new spectrum and that is what NPR, APTS and CBS are fighting.
NPR President/CEO Kevin Klose called the new ruling “bad public policy.”
Leslie Stimson