NAB Statement on Proposed Use of TV White Spaces By Microsoft for Rural Broadband

Posted On: Sep 12, 2019

July 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – In response to reports of a Microsoft proposal to use television white spaces to provide wireless broadband in rural areas, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

“It’s the height of arrogance for Microsoft — a $540 billion company — to demand free, unlicensed spectrum after refusing to bid on broadcast TV airwaves in the recent FCC incentive auction. Microsoft’s white space device development has been a well-documented, unmitigated failure. Policymakers should not be misled by slick Microsoft promises that threaten millions of viewers with loss of lifeline broadcast TV programming.”

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