A week ago, we posted about a “range war” in the spectrum around TV channel 51. The wireless providers who bought spectrum just above channel 51 at auction must configure their operations to protect channel 51 TV reception. They have since asked the FCC to limit channel 51 licensing so as to minimize their own burden. See the original post for details.
The FCC has now requested comment on the wireless companies’ request. Comments are due on April 27, 2011, and reply comments on May 12, 2011. Note also that the FCC has made this a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding, which means that face-to-face meetings between interested parties and the Commission’s staff are OK, as long as the niceties imposed by the FCC’s ex parte rules are honored.