NAB: Microsoft White Space Proposal Harms LPTVs, Translators

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed comments with the FCC stating that a Microsoft proposal, that the company be granted access to 18 MHz of TV spectrum for unlicensed use, should be denied as it will cause “direct and immediate harm to translators and low power television stations displaced by the spectrum repack following the incentive auction.”

The NAB stated that “Microsoft is asking the commission to grant it spectrum for free, with no buildout requirements or service requirements of any kind — substantially better terms than winning auction bidders received.”

The association added that it does not object to unlicensed operations in the TV band as long as those operations do not cause harmful interference to licensed television services, deprive viewers of television service, or stifle innovation in the broadcast band.

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