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NRB Supports Spectrum Inventory

Calls for process that ‘honors the service’ of NRB member TV stations

In advance of the FCC’s upcoming consideration of a new auction of television broadcast spectrum, the National Religious Broadcasters, called for a comprehensive spectrum inventory.

“To ensure an accurate understanding of America’s spectrum needs, a full and public accounting of how it is currently being utilized is a necessary starting point,” Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO of NRB, stated. “I congratulate Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) for continuing to raise this flag with their Radio Spectrum Inventory Act (S.3433).”

Friday, the FCC is scheduled to consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would advance a voluntary incentive spectrum auction already authorized by Congress. In a 2011 public filing with the FCC, NRB expressed concern that an auction would bring “substantial risks to NRB TV members, including the potential loss of spectrum, loss of coverage area, channel changes and infrastructure costs.”

As the FCC pursues this spectrum auction, the association says it “continues to urge a process that fairly honors the services and investments of all Christian television broadcasters in their local communities.”