FCC Wants to Talk About Band Plan

Broadcasters Applaud Workshop to 'Discuss Technical Aspects'

The FCC will hold a public workshop on May 3 to discuss its proposed band plan for the broadcast and wireless spectrum holders following its planned incentive auctions.

The FCC released its proposal last October, drawing criticism from both broadcasters and wireless companies for its intermixing of spectrum holders and potential assignment of the same channels to broadcasters and wireless licensees in different markets. They offered their own alternatives and asked the FCC to seek more input on the band plan.

"NAB is delighted that the FCC appears open to input on the 600 MHz band plan and is looking forward to participating in the workshop," the National Association of Broadcasters aid in a statement. "It is critical that the resulting band plan is based on sound engineering so that we avoid some of the thorny technical challenges of the past."