NAB Urges FCC To Protect In-Band Channels To Ease Next-Gen Transition

WASHINGTON—NAB has asked the FCC to reject requests from Microsoft and other TV white space device advocates to guarantee spectrum access rights for unlicensed TV-band white space devices that would block broadcasters from using unoccupied in-band TV channels to maintain ATSC 1.0 services as they transition to ATSC 3.0 Next-Gen TV.

The NAB request, made March 20 in Reply Comments to those of filers in the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Next-Gen TV deployment, brands Microsoft’s position as a “bait and switch.”

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