NAB urges FCC to review certain elements of airwaves auction

NAB urges FCC to review certain elements of airwaves auction

In a petition filed on August 18, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has urged the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review certain elements of the planned airwaves auction to be held in 2015.

Seeking a review of the rules which outline the auction methodology, the NAB has said in its petition - filed with the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit - that the sale of the airwaves will have an adverse effect on TV stations.

With the airwaves auction to give TV stations that presently own the valuable frequencies a chance to voluntarily surrender their frequencies to the FCC, which will repackage the airwaves and auction them to wireless carriers, the NAB has essentially challenged the FCC's decision that involves a change in the methodology used for predicting local TV coverage areas and the population served.

In its petition, the NAB has asserted that the change made by the FCC will hurt the viewership of TV stations after the frequencies are repackaged by the agency. In addition, the NAB has also argued that the change will apparently force several TV stations to participate in the auction.

The NAB said in its petition: "Under this new methodology, many broadcast licensees, including NAB's members, will lose coverage area and population served during the auction's repacking and reassignment process."

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