Intel's Pitsch: Repacking Should Be Mandatory


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Intel'sPitsch: Repacking Should Be Mandatory - 2011-04-11 18:00:40 | Broadcasting & Cable
Intel wants broadcasters to have the option of participating in voluntary incentive auctions of their reclaimed spectrum, but says the FCC should make repacking the stations that remain mandatory to prevent broadcasters from holding up the process or jacking up the price.

Broadcasters have argued that repacking can diminish their service and dislocate their viewers, so a forced move, or what some broadcasters have likened to a death march, will likely be a tough sell in those quarters.

Calling 120 MHZ from broadcasters a prime candidate, Peter Pitsch, associate general counsel for the chip maker, says the FCC should proceed with auctions ASAP, rather than waiting for the kind of in-depth spectrum inventory broadcasters have been calling for as a precedent to a band-reconfiguring operation. That is according to prepared testimony for an April 12 spectrum hearing in the House Communications Subcommittee.