The brief counters interference allegations by broadcasters that have stalled a May 2004 initiative by the Federal Communications Commission to open up spectrum by allowing new wireless device such as Wi-Fi to operate in broadcast TV bands.
Long coveted for their long-range and building-penetration characteristics, the TV bands have often been referred to as a vast wasteland of underused spectrum.
According to the brief authored by two former FCC officials and a university researcher, even after the transition to digital broadcasts and the reallocation of TV channels 52 to 69, an average of only seven full-power DTV stations will be operating on channels 2 to 51 in the nation’s 210 local TV markets. As a result, only a fraction of the 294 MHz of prime spectrum allocated to DTV services will actually be used in most markets, the brief concluded.
The brief’s authors are well known.