NAB Statement on FCC Adoption of White Spaces NPRM

June 16, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to the adoption by the FCC of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding use of “white spaces” by unlicensed devices following the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

“NAB is reviewing this proposal and will participate actively on this issue. For those concerned with localism and diversity of public airwaves, the prospect of elevating unlicensed users of spectrum over licensed broadcasters in the television broadcast band should cause grave concern. This appears to be contrary to the Spectrum Act, the FCC’s own rules, and sound public policy.”

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