SHLB Applauds FCC's TV White Spaces Approval
March 21, 2019


For Immediate Release 

Alicja Johnson
(202) 261-6599

Washington, D.C. (March 21, 2019) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration that removed some of the regulatory barriers hindering the deployment of TV white spaces (TVWS) technology.

John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition, made the following statement:

“Unlicensed spectrum has played an enormous role in allowing anchor institutions to expand their broadband connectivity.  The SHLB Coalition applauds the FCC for seeking to make TV White Spaces spectrum available for unlicensed use, especially because of the congestion encountered by existing unlicensed bands. Due to its uniquely valuable propagation potential, TVWS technology may be the best solution for anchor institutions seeking to expand their broadband service to residential consumers.  This decision further validates SHLB’s recommendation to deploy broadband ‘to and through’ anchors to the surrounding community. We are pleased that the FCC is listening to the broadband needs of anchors and the communities they support.

“However, while this Reconsideration Order is a step in the right direction, there is still more work to be done. Moving forward, we’re eager to work alongside the Commission to remove the remaining regulatory barriers that hold back TVWS technology.”


About SHLB: 

The SHLB Coalition is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, DC and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States.  To learn more, visit


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