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March 15, 2010

Report Claims FCC's Spectrum Plan has Potential Followers, Broadcasters

By Kelly McGuire, TMCnet Editor

While there has been some debate on the spectrum plan, a new Reuters (News - Alert) report claims that some may not only adhere to the plan, but some broadcasters actually support the proposal.

The U.S. FCC’s Chairman Julius Genachowski (News - Alert) reportedly said that a group of broadcasters were open to the plan, which would ultimately result in their decision to relinquish their airwave licenses for a share of the proceeds if they’re auctioned off.

“We've certainly heard from a number of broadcasters who have told us that this is a promising direction and [they] are getting ready to roll up their sleeves with us,” Genachowski said in an interview on Friday.

Some analysts have argued if the payout the FCC (News - Alert) would give to these broadcasters would outweigh the services they’re theoretically agreeing to give up. 

Despite these reports, there have been no specific broadcaster names mentioned. 

However, analysts familiar with the matter have said there could be be a public outcry if the FCC gives broadcasters too big a share, since wireless auction proceeds typically go to the U.S. Treasury.

The complete broadcast plan will be unveiled by Genachowski tomorrow, March 16, which will decipher the FCC’s ultimate plans for U.S. Internet speeds and usage.

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly "green" technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire