The Federal Communications Commission is in too much of a rush to complete the incentive spectrum auction and needs to instead take the time to safeguard broadcasters and ensure listeners don't lose access to their local stations, several panelists said at an industry event in New York. "The consumer gets shorted on this deal, and ... we think the commission ought to take some time and figure out what's good for the American public," said Mark Aitken of Sinclair Broadcast Group. FCC senior adviser Rebecca Hanson said broadcast interests were being considered and the timeline was being driven by "the need for spectrum in the marketplace."

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