Responding to a recent FCC public notice that seeks comment on the potential reallocation of broadcast television spectrum for wireless broadband use, wireless association CTIA and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) suggested that the agency could free up between 100-180 MHz of spectrum for wireless use by transitioning full-power TV stations to low power. Television broadcasters, meanwhile, held firm in their contention that they require access to all of their assigned channels to offer highdefinition and multicast programming, as they urged the FCC to gather data “about wireless consumer demand and its nexus with spectrum use” before proceeding with any plan to reallocate broadcast spectrum. As part of its docket on the national broadband plan, the FCC asked parties in a December 2 public notice to submit “specific data on the uses of spectrum currently licensed to broadcast television stations,” noting that the agency’s inquiry would take into account “the value that the United States puts on free, over-the air television, while also exploring market-based mechanisms for television broadcasters to contribute to the broadband effort any spectrum in excess of that which they need to meet their public interest obligations.” In a joint submission, CTIA and CEA maintained that a shifting of the current “high-power/high-tower broadcast architecture” to “lower power networks of distributed transmitters” would free up spectrum for wireless use. Recommending reallocation of broadcast spectrum “to create the maximum amount of contiguous spectrum usable for wireless broadband,” T-Mobile USA observed that “consumers have increasingly chosen to obtain their video programming from multichannel video programming distributors.” As such, T-Mobile advised the FCC that “the decision to permit each broadcaster to hold 6 MHz of spectrum must be revisited.” Meanwhile, 24 local television broadcasters, including Allbritton Communications, Gray Television, Inc., Media General, and White Knight Broadcasting warned the FCC that proposals outlined in the agency’s notice would jeopardize the ability of broadcasters to “innovate and meet public demand” and would “likely result in widespread viewer reception difficulties.”