Upton, Walden Applaud Innovative Broadcast Channel Sharing Trial
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today welcomed reports that CTIA – The Wireless Association and two Los Angeles broadcasters, KLCS and KJLA, are seeking permission from the FCC to engage in a first-of-its-kind broadcast channel sharing arrangement. The trial would test the feasibility of two broadcast stations sharing a single 6 MHz broadcast channel, thus potentially freeing up spectrum for auction.
“When crafting the spectrum incentive auctions included in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, we envisioned groups working together to find more efficient use of this limited resource to meet ever growing demand,” said Upton and Walden. “We applaud these broadcasters and CTIA for their leadership and hope the FCC will act expeditiously to approve this trial.”