NAB's Legal Challenge To FCC's Spectrum Rules Lacks Merit
Arlington, Va., March 12, 2015 - Today in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, three leading trade associations - the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and The Wireless Association (CTIA) - will support the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) order implementing the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction. They will argue the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) legal objection to the FCC's order is unwarranted, and the methodology the FCC chose to calculate broadcast signal coverage areas and population is within the legal framework established in the Spectrum Act.
"We hope for a quick resolution to this litigation so that the incentive auction moves forward, as planned," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. "Our nation's spectrum resources are already constrained, and consumer demand for more data shows no signs of slowing down. Recognizing this, Congress gave the FCC the tools to find new spectrum for mobile broadband, including the authority to conduct a complex, first-of-its-kind auction to reallocate broadcast TV spectrum. The FCC's plan balances the needs of innovation with broadcast coverage, and will expand wireless broadband across the country, resulting in exciting new innovations, services and jobs."
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