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September 30, 2011

Coalition for Free TV and Broadband Opposes Multiple Spectrum Auctions

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband that represents hundreds of TV stations across the U.S., announced that it is against multiple spectrum auctions.

The coalition’s demand is against the CTIA’s (News - Alert) stand in this regard. In a recently published report, CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent said they now want to have multiple auctions.  

The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband suggests that spectrum auctions will directly take away the free airwaves from the American people. If the government conducts multiple auctions, spectrum will be in the hands of a few wireless monopolies.

“Ironically, those same monopolies, represented by the CTIA, should lose all their tax loopholes and benefits that have allowed them to avoid billions in taxes each year-including one of their biggest members paying $0 tax in 2010,” said Lee Miller, public relations director of the coalition, in a statement.

“The members of CTIA are asking Congress to confiscate the free airwaves and allow them to buy it with taxpayer money they got through loopholes they spent millions lobbying the same Congress to get.  Then they will turn around and charge the American public for the privilege of using the spectrum that they paid for through their tax dollars,” Miller added.

The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband suggests that broadcasters have a better solution that will bring in more revenue to the federal government. Broadcasters can also create more jobs, solve the broadband crunch and won’t destroy 2000 television stations.  

Recently, the Coalition for Free TV and Broadband and the National Translator Association announced that they are teaming up to meet with members of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet.

Their goal of the meet was to make sure Class A TVs, LPTVs and TV translators are not lost in the spectrum auction shuffle. Representatives of the two organizations also plan to check in with people at the FCC (News - Alert) and at public interest groups to make their case.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin