Perspective: A WIS Editorial – Spectrum Auction

As part of their deliberations concerning the debt ceiling crisis, Congress is making decisions about how the broadcast airwaves are used. This congressional action seeks to reallocate some TV channels through a process known as spectrum incentive auctions. Local television is threatened. Viewers who still depend on a free, advertiser-supported medium without subscription could be impacted with a number of legislative incentives to acquire spectrum currently occupied by the television broadcasters.

What is perhaps most disappointing in this debate is the dismissive treatment of those Americans who rely exclusively on free TV. Nationally, that number represents 46 million viewers or 15% of the television-watching population

AS broadcasters, we are fighting to ensure that any government decision about spectrum does not deny TV viewers access to the great services they currently receive and those advances in broadcasting on the horizon.

Tell your member of Congress to protect local TV as they consider ways to auction spectrum by emailing or calling before August 2 at:


Thank you for protecting local TV!