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Northpoint Technology, the Washington, D.C., company that wants to share DBS spectrum for a wireless service, has reportedly made another attempt to add controversial "spectrum grab" language to legislation moving through Congress.

In its latest attempt, Northpoint is asking Congress to add an amendment to the Homeland Security Bill that would grant the company a free nationwide license for its proposed terrestrial wireless cable system, under the guise of advancing homeland security. According to the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association, Northpoint has reportedly told members of Congress that its proposed service would be in the interest of homeland security by increasing the availability of Emergency Alert System (EAS) warnings.

SBCA President Andy Wright sent a letter to every U.S. senator, asking them to oppose the measure. The SBCA also pointed out that EAS warnings, as required by law, are available from local broadcast stations and radio. Local broadcast signals are available free over-the-air, via DBS (67 percent of U.S. households have local channels available via DBS) and via cable.

Northpoint Technology has been at the front of the Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service (or MVDDS) debate at the FCC. Satellite interests are concerned that the spectrum-sharing wireless technology will interfere with satellite signals.

In addition to the amendment, Northpoint Technology is challenging an FCC order requiring that the MVDDS spectrum be auctioned to the highest bidder.

From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
 
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