DC Circuit Court Rules on LPTV Spectrum Challenge

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When authorizing the ongoing incentive auction of television broadcast spectrum, Congress specified that low power television (LPTV) spectrum usage rights were not to be altered. Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected arguments that the FCC’s plan would do so, even though that plan threatens to push a number of LPTV stations off the air.

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, said, “I do not believe Congress desired to doom LPTV stations. I urge the House and Senate to take action before it’s too late.”

Earlier this year, NRB launched a website (SaveChristianTV.com) to help its members and their constituents stand up for Christian TV ministries in the midst this FCC spectrum auction. This site brought attention to the particularly precarious situation of LPTV stations that are not designated “Class A.” SaveChristianTV.com features public service announcements provided for free use.  In addition, the site includes a portal by which individuals can easily contact their Members of Congress on this subject.

In announcing this site, Dr. Johnson sent a message to NRB member ministries encouraging them to pay close attention to the status of stations on which they rely to reach viewers. In his note, Dr. Johnson urged, “If your ministry’s ability to serve viewers could be impaired, now is the time to make your voice heard.  Please check out and take full advantage of SaveChristianTV.com.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: September 9, 2016

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