Spectrum hoarding heads to the House in April

The House Communications subcommittee will hold a hearing in April on spectrum issues, chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said Thursday.

Topics at the hearing will include incentive auctions as well as allegations that wireless and cable companies are hoarding airwaves rather than deploying them.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski took the unambiguous stance Wednesday that hoarding is a myth. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) replied with a request for an independent analysis to confirm that.

NAB has raised concerns this year, citing news reports, that other industries are sitting on spectrum. NAB is facing pressure from proposals that would repurpose TV airwaves for mobile broadband.

The wireless industry strongly denies hoarding allegations. It points to mobile data demands to argue that more spectrum is needed for wireless broadband.