Members of the US Senate and House of Representatives from many border-area states have written to the FCC to make sure their local broadcast television stations are not harmed in the process of carrying out incentive auctions, and the New Hampshire delegation has now joined the parade.
The members stated their support for the over-arching goal of promoting wireless broadband.
However, they stated, “Television audiences in our state rely on their local stations every day for news, emergency information, sports and entertainment. Given our proximity to the northern border, and with the majority of our states viewers served by the dense Boston designated market area, channel realignment poses challenges for our state and could even put viewers at risk.”
They concluded, “We ask that the commission work diligently to preserce viewer access during any reassignment of television channels. We hope you will allow the public to review and understand these proposed changes, and we ask that you keep us apprised.”
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Reps Ann Kuster (D-NH) and Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) signed the letter, representing the sum and total of the state’s representation on Capitol Hill.
RBR-TVBR observation: Money simply cannot buy this kind of free promotion. The loss of local TV would not be a mere inconvenience; it “could even put viewers at risk.” You can’t say that about any old medium. Thanks, New Hampshire, for the plug for local broadcast television!