The coalition of broadcasters willing to sell spectrum rights has grown to 39 major market stations. This according to comments filed to the FCC by the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition. The trade group also wants the regulatory agency to make the auction as attractive as possible by not limiting wireless bidders or which stations can share spectrum. The coalition was formed because the principal broadcast trade association, the National Association of Broadcasters, is focusing on making sure the auctions hold harmless broadcasters who are not selling and want to remain in the business. The coalition members don't have to identify themselves publicly because of the obvious competitive and operational issues related to publicizing their willingness to sell. However they are reportedly pushing the FCC to reclaim at least 120 MHz of spectrum. The deadline for comments on the FCC's framework for broadcast incentive auctions was January 25th. Reply comments are due in March.
Coalition Pushes FCC to Reclaim at least 120 MHZ of Broadcast Spectrum