It’s possible that this is part of the debate over whitespace, which relates to the use of portions of the broadcast spectrum between the broadcast TV channels for non-television uses; probably small, handheld electronic devices. My understanding is that the TV networks think that using whitespace fewer than two whole channels away from a used bandwidth would negatively effect reception.
As an example, if in your area, network channels 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 15 are used for local TV, only the space that would have been used for channel 12 would not interfere with your reception. Other interested parties believe that bandwidths which are one full channel away from a broadcast network, like in this example 7, 11, 12 and 13 would all be safe to use. Since this difference of just 1 or 2 channels represents a fourfold increase in the spectrum available as whitespace in my example, there’s a hot debate over what a reasonable amount would be. In crowded television markets this could prohibit the sale of any whitespace for non-tv uses. It sounds an awful lot like you’re being asked to defend the TV station’s interests against the interests of big telco and whatnot. I wouldn’t get involved until I had more information.