Licensees of educational broadband service (EBS) facilities and related entities are contesting FCC proposals to auction “white space” channels in the EBS bands, as commenters argued that the agency should provide EBS licensees with the opportunity to maximize their authorized geographic service areas (GSAs) with white space spectrum before remaining channels are awarded to other parties through auctions or other processes. The comments, filed Monday, respond to a further rulemaking notice adopted last March, in which the FCC is considering the use of auctions to license available white space spectrum in the 2.5 GHz EBS band. As part of the rulemaking (which is not to be confused with the FCC’s separate ongoing proceeding on unlicensed usage of DTV white space spectrum), the FCC solicited input on whether EBS entities could participate in auctions and, if so, how the agency should structure the sale of EBS white space spectrum. On behalf of its EBS members, the National EBS Association (NEA) urged the FCC to maximize existing licensee GSAs by incorporating adjacent white space spectrum into such GSAs. Once that process is complete, the NEA argued, “for the remaining white space licenses, the Commission should accept applications by qualified EBS applicants for new EBS stations,” whereby any acceptable single application should be granted and filers of mutually exclusive applications “should be given ample opportunity to settle their conflicting applications.” Alternatively, the Catholic Television Network said the FCC should “license unassigned EBS spectrum without competitive bidding by first identifying eligible local educators that wish to use the spectrum, and then licensing the spectrum to those entities that serve the most enrolled students in each basic trading area [BTA].”