Are they serious?
The broadcasters were all given licenses to new frequency allocations.
Why should they get a single cent for the old ones that were only on loan to them in the first place?
It's not their property!!!!
Electromagnetic spectrum in the U.S. belongs to the people of the U.S. as a whole, and none of it should ever have been sold off, only long-term leased, in case a previously unforeseen more important use for a particular chunk of it came along later.
And of course this whole turn TV digital and move it from VHF to UHF was supposed to be for the purpose of freeing up VHF for the first responder.
Haven't heard anything about them getting any of it to use in a long time now.