The federal plan for a broadcast spectrum auction is proceeding amid much uncertainty, with speculators buying stations ahead of a potential big payout and broadcasters pushing for conditions that will allow for a smooth transition for stations that remain, Ted Johnson writes. Although broadcasters prefer market solutions to alleviate any alleged spectrum issues, they want to make sure the proceeding is not conducted poorly. "We want this to be over," said NAB's Rick Kaplan. "At the same time, we know if this gets rushed, the first under the bus are the broadcasters. We want a balanced process."
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