New NAB President Gordon Smith, in a wide-ranging interview with B&C, said the challenge for broadcasters is that “instead of responding defensively to new technologies, embrace them and help develop them so that the future is one that we shape instead of one to which we are simply responding.”
Asked whether broadcasters are going to be willing and able to give up the digital spectrum the FCC is seeking, he said: “We’ve already given up a lot, and we’ve already spent a lot on the digital transition,” adding, “The spectrum doesn’t have to be wireless. There is a lot of dark wire out there. There is certainly a national interest in getting America wired up to the Internet. There is certainly a public value in that. But that needn’t come at the expense of broadcasting’s opportunity to develop that spectrum as well with mobile TV, high-definition signals and all of the potential business opportunity that is there for broadcasters."