Broadcasters challenge FCC official over spectrum grab:

04/13/2010 | Broadcasting & Cable

Phil Bellaria, director of scenario planning for the FCC's National Broadband Task Force, faced some tough questions at an NAB Show panel discussion over whether the agency's call for broadcasters to give up their spectrum for broadband use is really voluntary. Bellaria said only a "small number" of broadcasters would have to give up spectrum to reach the FCC's 120 MHz goal. Paul Karpowicz, president of Meredith Broadcast Group, said there was "no way" the plan would work outside of rural areas. "The concept of voluntary seems like a little bit of smoke and mirrors," Karpowicz said.

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