LPTV Stations In Rural Communities Across The Nation Want To Provide Broadband Access.

The LPTV Proposal Provides FREE Broadband To Those Who Do Not Subscribe.

May 23, 2011

According to the FCC’s recent report approximately 26 million Americans, mostly in rural communities located in every region of the country, are denied access to the jobs and economic opportunity made possible by broadband. A proposal currently circulating in Congress would allow Low Power Television (LPTV) licensees to provide FREE broadband services and stimulate economic opportunity in rural communities across the country.

SpectrumEvolution.org (SEO) is an advocacy group, promoting fair, plausible and intelligent broadcast spectrum policy, and emphasizing that spectrum use should “evolve” and be driven primarily by private entrepreneurial creativity and marketplace forces.

The FCC report found that one-third of Americans do not subscribe to broadband, even when it’s available. The SEO proposal provides for a level of advertiser-supported service, which both retains the covenant that broadcasters have with the public for the use of their spectrum and solves the subscription challenge for those Americans who cannot afford to pay for broadband services. Further, the SEO proposal would address the FCC’s report concerning limited capacity for schools and libraries across the nation as it would be available to these entities as well with little to no cost.

The FCC notes that a partnership with the private sector is necessary to speed broadband deployment across the nation. SEO applauds the FCC’s recognition of this fact and implores the FCC to immediately unleash LPTV licensees and the hundreds of small and minority-owned businesses who are eager to provide new services in both urban and rural America. LPTV spectrum covers all Americans, including low-income Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, seniors, and residents of Tribal areas.

SEO recognizes the FCC’s desire to aggressively pursue its broadband agenda and would welcome their immediate support and approval of our plan, to provide flexible use of existing LPTV licensed spectrum, making 4G wireless technologies and other broadband services available immediately!

Given the conclusion in the FCC’s report that broadband is not being deployed in a reasonable and timely way, especially in rural America. It only makes sense for the FCC to immediately recognize and endorse the small business, public-private partnership offered in the SEO proposal. Further, these new services, as provided by LPTV licensees, will create new jobs and opportunities for small businesses and will generate much needed revenue for the Government, as existing law already requires that ancillary services provisioned over broadcast spectrum, are required to pay 5% of their gross revenue back to the Government.

With the explosive demand for broadband, the revenue generated by these stations could very quickly become a significant contribution to the U.S. Treasury.