'New' Spectrum Bill Protects Broadcasters

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Dingell Spectrum Bill Protects Broadcast 'Essentials' - 2011-07-11 22:30:47 | Broadcasting & Cable

From the article:

"Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Gene Greene (D-Tex.) late Monday introduced the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act, a version of the Senate incentive auction bill with one one key difference: It gives broadcasters many of the protections they have been seeking to insure an incentive auction/spectrum reclamation plan does not marginalize their digital future." ...

... "According to a copy of the bill, it would allow for repacking of stations--moving them closer to together to make more room for wireless broadband. But it would only allow that so long as those stations that wanted it were give the same 6 MHz worth of spectrum, and were given a comparable tower heights, power levels and interference protections. It would specify that there be only one auction, and that broadcasters be reimbursed for moving expenses." ...
... and no mention about compensating end users (you and me) for what it cost us to put antennas in the air for channels that will disappear. Thanks, guys.