MAB Urges Governor Snyder to Reject Microsoft’s White Space Proposal
The MAB reached out to Governor Snyder and members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation urging the lawmakers to reject Microsoft’s attempts to secure free TV spectrum for a nationwide channel (aka 'white space') to use for unlicensed devices. Microsoft is asserting that it is urgent that the FCC reserve a vacant UHF white space channel in every market nationwide before the repacking is finalized. The National Association of Broadcasters also (NAB) filed comments with the FCC stating that a Microsoft proposal that the company be granted access to 18 MHz of TV spectrum for unlicensed use should be denied as it will cause direct and immediate harm to translators and low power television stations displaced by the spectrum repack following the incentive auction.
In even a best-case repacking scenario, the capacity simply does not exist to successfully accommodate all of these broadcast television station moves. By design, the incentive auction is already shrinking the broadcast television band and there will not be enough spectrum to keep all broadcast television translators and LPTV stations on the air. This disproportionately harms diverse, niche, and rural broadcast viewers that are served by translators and LPTVs.