Broadcast Engineering Expert On FCC Allotment Optimization Model reports that Michigan Democratic Congressman John Dingell wants to know how many people would lose over-the-air TV if broadcasters lose 40 percent of their spectrum and is calling on the FCC to explain its method for redesignating 120 MHz of broadcast spectrum for broadband. Dingell sent a letter to Julius Genachowski asking for access to the commission’s Allotment Optimization Model, proffered last June in the agency’s technical paper entitled “Spectrum Analysis: Options for Broadcast Spectrum.”

Broadcast engineering expert Doug Lung wrote in his RF Report dated June 18, 2010, “When the model was used to see how much spectrum could be recovered by repacking existing full power stations, only 6 to 42 MHz of spectrum was found to be available for reallocation, depending on inclusion or exclusion of border restrictions.”

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