Watchdog Group Praises FCC Decision to Expand TV White Space Use

David Williams

March 21, 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Grace Morgan
March 21, 2019

– Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) praised the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to allow White Spaces between unused TV channels to be used for internet deployment. In November, TPA called for the Commission “to adopt the right technical rules and make adequate spectrum available as soon as possible for white space broadband use.”

TPA president David Williams praised the agency, noting that “since 2017, the FCC has shown a continued commitment to close the digital divide and provide rural America with faster, more reliable internet service. Under the leadership of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the agency has streamlined 5G deployment rules and introduced ‘shot clocks’ that force cities to decide whether to approve wireless deployments within 90 days.”

Williams continued: “Despite these much-needed reforms, too many rural Americans still lack access to broadband. Nearly 20 million Americans continue to face significant challenges in accessing online educational opportunities, benefiting from telemedicine, and leveraging broadband for agriculture. Fortunately, White Spaces technology can help address the gap in broadband access facing rural Americans. The FCC’s decision sends a message to millions of Americans that they have a role to play in the modern digital economy.” 

Williams concluded by stressing the need for, “the FCC to keep rules simple and deployment costs low. Harnessing TV White Spaces is an important part of that effort, and the FCC’s recent efforts are essential to closing the digital divide.” 

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