Entire Wyoming congressional delegation backs broadcasters


OK, the entire Wyoming congressional delegation will fit in a single booth at a diner with space left over, but the support of an entire state’s delegation in ensuring that the spectrum needed for free over-the-air TV is protected is welcomed by broadcasters.

Senators Michael Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis (all R-WY) sent a joint letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski noting that households throughout Wyoming depend on free over-the-air TV “as their primary source of news, information and entertainment.”

The letter supports investment in broadband Internet technologies, but adds that such investments should not diminish the benefits promised by the recent digital television transition. 

“Providing access to television service in rural areas across Wyoming can be extremely challenging. Access to quality, reliable broadcast programming must not be jeopardized as a result of spectrum polities that could reduce viewer reception of local stations. Similarly they should not lose potential services because of a failure to adequately protect station service areas,” the letter stated.

Click here to read the letter. (1 page pdf)