Some of the best promotional copy ever written on behalf of broadcasters comes from Congress – and the latest to hail broadcast service are members of the Ohio delegation to the US Congress, who ask that Ohio broadcasters emerge whole from the incentive broadcast due to their importance to residents of the state.
The acknowledge the need for spectrum for broadband, but stress that it should not be supplied at the expense of the loss of broadcast service.
They wrote, “In Ohio, our diverse population has a strong reliance on over-the-air television, including over one million Ohioans who rely exclusively on free local television to get their news, information and weather, many of who rely on in-language and in-culture broadcast programming. As witnessed four short years ago during our Nation’s transition to digital television, moving television stations has the ability to cause consumer disruptions. Therefore, during the repacking of broadcasters, it will be important to minimize coverage area disruption.”
They urged the FCC to make sure the $1.75B fund to move stations when necessary is meted out appropriately, and that no consumer be subjected to harmful interference, whether they are tuning into a broadcast station or using a mobile device.
They concluded by asking the FCC to make sure the process is completely open and transparent.
Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) were joined by 15 members of the Ohio congressional delegation in signing the letter.