|Spectrum Update From MAB President/CEO Karole L. White|
The MAB is working with the NAB and other state broadcast associations on the TV Spectrum Auction Issue. Despite being left out of the Debt Ceiling legislation, The FCC Voluntary Spectrum Auction Issue is likely to be debated again in the coming weeks and months.
This is a TV issue right now but after the FCC is successful with the "voluntary"sale of the TV spectrum, don't you think they will find some reason to need the radio spectrum too? I do. Radio is next so we are all in this together. We need your help if we are to preserve over-the-air broadcasting. Please see the suggestions and talking points below.
STATUS OF ISSUE:
We are fortunate to have two strong house members protecting broadcasting, Congressman Fred Upton (R-6th) and Congressman John Dingell (D-15th). who understand the important role of broadcasters in this nation and to viewers. We must have broadcast protections in any spectrum auction bill.
1. Protect the broadcasters audience and station contours.
2. Enable television broadcasters' to continue to innovate by preventing the FCC from involuntarily moving stations from UHF to VHF band.
3. Provide certainty to viewers and investors by permitting the FCC to hold only one incentive auction.
4. Stations should be reimbursed for costs associated with relocation of channels.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED - Here is what you can do:
a. Cover the Spectrum Auction issue and channel repacking in your news. Your viewers have a lot at stake. Detroit Impact Spectrum Analysis Powerpoint. Economic Impact of Broadcasting in Michigan PDF.
b. Consider doing periodic crawls or snips encouraging audience to call their congressmen and senators. Contact congress here.
Levin, Carl - (D - MI)
269 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: levin.senate.gov/contact/
Stabenow, Debbie - (D - MI)
133 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: stabenow.senate.gov/?p=contact
c. Call, email, fax or meet with your Congressman & Senators. Thank Congressmen Upton and Dingell for their support. Find your legislators here.
d. Hold a staff meeting, explain the issue to your staff and ask them to call their Congressmen & Senators.
e. Record and Air an editorial.
f. Download and use The Future of TV Grassroots Action Kit.
REMEMBER ALL ON AIR MESSAGES MUST BE REPORTED ON YOUR FORM PB-17 AND MUST BE PLACED IN YOUR PUBLIC FILE. The form is available here.