NAB Wants Spectrum Review By House Panel
May 10, 2012 at 4:14 AM (PT)
NAB President/CEO GORDON SMITH has sent a letter to the co-chairs of Congress' new Federal Spectrum Working Group to do a full accounting of how spectrum is being used now before making decisions on freeing up spectrum for other uses, according to BROADCASTING AND CABLE's JOHN EGGERTON.
The letter, sent to Reps. BRETT GUTHRIE (R-KY) and DORIS MATSUI (D-CA), says that the panel should investigate how spectrum is being used because the government can't be certain that there is a spectrum crunch or whether there has been "warehousing and spectrum speculation" exaggerating the crisis.
In a response to SMITH, CTIA -- THE WIRELESS ASSOCIATION VP/Government Affairs JOT CARPENTER said, "The flat-earthers at NAB are at it again, denying the existence of a spectrum crunch that experts across the developed world recognize as the most serious challenge facing the mobile industry. While the NAB is committed to its 'deny and delay' strategy, the mobile industry is working to deploy the most efficient technologies available, building new infrastructure at a record pace, and engage with policymakers -- including the members of the Spectrum Working Group -- to identify and move to market spectrum that can help the U.S. maintain and extend our world leadership in wireless broadband."