Governor Brian Sandoval, representing the citizens of his state, has asked the FCC to make sure that by the time the incentive auction is in the history books, residents of his state still have the same access to free over-the-air television that they enjoy right now.
In a letter to all five Commissioners, Sandoval wrote, “We join with the commercial and public broadcast stations in the West and throughout the country in urging the Commission to ensure that the planned spectrum auction does not disenfranchise any American by leaving them without access to news, weather, emergency messages, cultural, arts and entertainment programming accessible through free over-the air broadcast signals.”
Sandoval noted that his state is full of small isolated communities where many rely on over-the-air facilities for television service.
Yes, he acknowledged, viewing options are pushing into these areas, but they come with a price tag. The need for a free viewing via TV translators and boosters remains as important as it ever has been.
Sandoval concluded, ‘We urge the FCC to ensure its auction process leaves no community without access to free over-the-air television broadcasts.”