Congressional initiative aims to protect C-band status quo.

The FCC is thinking about letting wireless broadband services use the 3.7-4.2 GHz spectrum now being used for “back-hauls,” the industry term for delivering content from producers to distributors, and two US representatives have urged the Commission to protect that part of the spectrum for content providers, and to reimburse those providers for costs they might incur if they are forced to move elsewhere. Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) have sent a letter to FCC Chairman Pai saying, “Nearly every television viewer and radio listener depends on C-band spectrum to reliably receive content,” and asking for the aforementioned protections and reimbursements. Joint statement released by the NAB, the American cable Association, the NCTA, and NPR asserts that “It is critically important for the FCC to ensure that any changes to C-band spectrum usage must preserve interference-free access to this popular radio and TV content.”