Broadcasters tell wireless handset makers to tighten up

Broadcasters, who have had a tough time delivering quality signals over spectrally efficient digital networks, are now calling upon lawmakers to tighten up the rules and make mobile handsets more efficient before reaching into the broadcasting spectrum grab bag and reallocating airwaves for mobile broadband.

In particular, NAB President Gordon Smith in a letter to Senate and House Commerce Committees' leaders said that "stone-throwing receiver manufacturers need to look in their own spectrum-inefficient glass houses" because "technological improvements can and should be utilized by current wireless licensees to ensure the most efficient use of spectrum."

The CTIA chose to differ, calling its handsets the "most cutting-edge, innovative and intelligent on the planet." No one argued--as of yet--whether devices on other planets are more efficient.

For more:
- The Hill has this story

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