This week NRB called again on the FCC to take special care in doing all it can to protect low power television (LPTV) during the upcoming spectrum auction proceeding. In a joint filing with the National Association of Broadcasters, the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, and the National Translator Association, NRB urged, “The Commission should continue its vigilance and seek to preserve the important public benefits of LPTVs and translators.” The letter offered specific suggestions for the FCC, including considering a LPTV and translator working group aimed at minimizing problems for LPTV during re-packing of stations on the spectrum after the auction.
NRB has repeatedly called on the FCC to purposefully protect programming choices for Americans, specifically the religious and family programming that NRB TV Members provide free of charge to local communities. Indeed, NRB has specifically highlighted the “no-alter” clause in the Spectrum Act for LPTV. Congress stated in the law, “Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to alter the spectrum usage rights of low-power television stations.”
As the FCC works to advance this spectrum auction, NRB continues to urge a process that fairly honors the services and investments of Christian television broadcasters in their local communities.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: May 9, 2014