Last Updated: 3-1-10
March 1st, 2010
FCC thinks broadcast spectrum has, “a massive amount of unlocked value” for wireless spectrum
FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski, Julius Genachowski, recently commented on why some of the TV broadcast spectrum should be considered for use by the wireless spectrum.
“a massive amount of unlocked value”
“About 300MHz of spectrum have been set aside for broadcast TV,”
“In markets with less than 1 million people, only 36MHz are typically used for broadcasting. In cities with more than 1 million people, on average about 100MHz are used. Even in our very largest cities, at most only about 150MHz out of 300MHz are used.”
The FCC recently proposed a voluntary plan for broadcasters to give up some of their spectrum with the benefit of receiving compensation, but the National Association of Broadcasters have claimed that the recent rollout of mobile digital television, MDTV, will utilize some of the unused spectrum.