The FCC should conduct an "independent study to confirm Chairman (Julius) Genachowski's assurances that spectrum suitable for wireless broadband is not lying fallow," according to a statement attributed to National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President-CEO Gordon Smith.
Smith pointed to "recent verbatim remarks from current FCC licensees" as reason for concern and the need for the study.
Broadcasters believe the FCC is covetous of spectrum they hold--and have held--for a wireless-centric national broadband network.
"We are hopeful that going forward the FCC undertakes a thoughtful process that in no way jeopardizes the digital promise that was made to 43 million Americans who rely exclusively on hyper-local news, entertainment, foreign language and religious programming offered by free and local broadcasts," Smith's statement added.
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