MMTC Responds To Opposition To Ch. 5-6 Freeze
January 6, 2010 at 4:27 AM (PT)
The MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL has responded to opposition filed to its request that the FCC freeze LPTV and translator television applications to use channels 5 and 6, saying that " it is critical that the Commission refuse to accept new applications and delay processing of any pending applications for Channels 5 and 6 so as not to prejudice the Commission’s consideration of the various proposals that have been submitted for the use of this spectrum for FM broadcasting."
The letter filing responds to a filing by the NAB and ASSOCIATION FOR MAXIMUM SERVICE TELEVISION that argued the freeze would tie the hands of television applicants and would presuppose the outcome of MMTC's proposal to use the channels for FM, while harming LPTVs and translators desiring to use the channels.
Arguing that the Commission should "at the very least ... require a showing from the applicant that there are no alternate channels available before any consideration is given to the use of Channels 5 and 6 for new stations," the MMTC letter says that by siding with the 28 applications affected by a freeze, "the Commission would preclude uses that would be of enormous benefit to all radio services fostering much greater diversity and local service. When the thousands of stations that could benefit are factored in, there is really no comparison in terms of the public interest."