Tennessee delegation presses FCC for open auctions


Nine out of 11 members representing Tennessee on Capitol Hill have written to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski requesting an open spectrum auction process with an eye toward protecting the broadcast television service.

Both of the state’s senators, Lamar Alexander (R) and Bob Corker (R), signed the letter, along with Marsha Blackburn (R), Diane Black (R), Steve Cohen (D), Jim Cooper (D), Stephen Fincher (R), Chuck Fleischmann (R) and Phil Roe (R).

“Freeing up spectrum to increase the amount available for wireless broadband services is important,” they wrote. “But all Americans deserve to know whether the Commisson’s repacking plan will affect their ability to continue receiving television signals from stations that do not participate in the auction. We urge the Commission to be transparent in the rulemaking process.”

They have asked Genachowski for a response that addresses this concern.