Washington – Searching for a way to free up valuable
wireless airwaves, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is considering
asking broadcast television stations to voluntarily relinquish some of their
unused spectrum, Reuters reported.
In return, the stations would receive a
share of the spectrum auction proceeds.
The goal is to make available another
500 megahertz of spectrum over 10 years.
Full details will be released when the
FCC’s National Broadband Plan — aimed at vastly increasing affordable access
to high-speed Internet across the U.S. — is unveiled next month.
Speaking at a broadband event, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the
spectrum allocated for TV stations "is not being used efficiently —
indeed, much is not being used at all."