NAB Targets CTIA 'Smash and Grab' Auction Approach

Says FCC Has to Consider More Than Just Repurposing
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The National Association of Broadcasters has told the FCC that it should reject "smash and grab" arguments that focus only on repurposing spectrum and threaten to create a process that drives broadcasters "off a cliff."

Instead, it said, the FCC should keep protecting TV broadcasters and their millions of viewers as it considers petitions to make broadcaster-backed changes to the broadcast incentive auction framework.

In a filing Monday, NAB said that that CTIA: The Wireless Association's opposition to auction changes was essentially cheerleading for "abrogating the rights of broadcasters." That was the approach NAB branded "smash and grab" — as in run roughshod over broadcasters in the rush to recover spectrum.

NAB said broadcasters should not have to underwrite wireless companies' spectrum demands. NAB wants the FCC to treat the $1.75 billion Congress allocated to TV station (and some cable) post-auction repacking costs as a budget, and not reclaim any more spectrum than it can handle with that repacking budget.

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