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UPDATED: Edge Spectrum Inc Continues Growth with Acquisition: Current Programming to Continue

Snoqualmie, WA (April 20, 2017) - Edge Spectrum, Inc. (ESI) today announced the acquisition of 196 television station licenses and construction permits that will increase the company's total discreet coverage to over 106 million persons.

This latest transaction solidly establishes the spectrum requirements for the ESI planned nationwide ATSC 3.0 next generation IP broadcasting network.  ESI is leveraging the power of broadcasting to add a multicast extension to the unicast Internet delivering OTT video, IoT downloads and IP streaming content directly to edge devices of all types in both fixed and mobile environments.

“We are teaming with service providers of all types with a new network layer that compliments the business cases of wired and wireless ISPs, content owners and distributors,” says Vern Fotheringham, ESI Chairman and CEO. “By extending the efficiencies of cloud computing to the consumer edge of the network, we are essentially creating ‘millions of micro data centers’ featuring unprecedented reductions in the cost of mobile data delivery of digital media of all types.”

The ESI architecture leverages the efficiencies of broadcasting with dramatic advances in capacity and cost reductions of digital storage. This will effectively lower costs for operators, consumers and solve future shortages of spectrum bandwidth.

Stations acquired include properties from EICB-TV EAST, LLC; EICB-TV WEST, LLC; EICB-TV, LLC; EICB-TV NET, LLC and Grace Worship Center, Inc., dba IBN. The purchase price was $72,000,000.

About Edge Spectrum, Inc.

ESI has acquired 283 TV station licenses and construction permits that cover approximately one third of the U.S. population.  ESI is actively expanding coverage to create the largest independent next generation ATSC 3.0 hybrid broadcast-data delivery network providing an autonomous network for broadcasters and broadband Internet content distributors seeking to rapidly reach the growing market for cross platform delivery of video and Internet content. Further information is available on the company’s web site at: www.edgespectrum.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  After this announcement, EICB and IBN received numerous calls especially about their programming. According to ESI officials, current IBN programming from the new IBN Television Network Channel will continue on the channels.

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Extended Channel-Sharing Becomes Law May 18

From TV Technology

WASHINGTON—Post-auction channel-sharing becomes official May 18. The date was published today in the Federal Register, reflecting the March 23 unanimous vote by the Federal Communications Commission to allow channel-sharing arrangements, or “CSAs,” to be hammered out after the auction, and to include low-power TV licensees and translators. Before the vote, CSAs were codified only as an option for auction participants.

“This action will assist secondary stations that are displaced by the incentive auction and the repacking process to continue to operate in the post-auction television bands,” the ruling states.

LPTV and translator licensees initially were allowed to share channels among themselves in a late 2015 Report and Order. (See “LPTVs and Translators Can Channel-Share” Dec. 17, 2015.) The same R&O extended the digital transition deadline for LPTVs from Sept. 1, 2015, to mid-July of 2021, so low-power licensees wouldn’t have to upgrade and then move to a new channel or even go dark within a couple of years.

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INCENTIVE AUCTION TASK FORCE AND MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCE REGIONAL COORDINATORS TO FACILITATE POST-AUCTION TRANSITION FOR BROADCAST STATIONS

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau (the Bureau) announce the
assignment of Regional Coordinators to support broadcast television stations moving to new
channel assignments in the post-incentive auction transition period. The Bureau is committed to
ensuring a smooth and efficient post-auction transition. To enhance its ability to closely monitor
the progress of the repack and to facilitate coordination among stations, each station that will
transition to a new channel has been grouped into one of 10 geographically-based regions.

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NAB 17 LPTV Events

Here are the LPTV related activities at NAB 2017 -  For all ATBA events, admission is free with any level of NAB badge including the free Expo Only badge.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

9:00pm – ATBA Board of Directors Meeting ( ATBA Suite)

Monday, April 24, 2017

8:30am-10:15a – FCC TV Study Primer - Mark Colombo, FCC - Westgate Ballroom D

10:30a-11-45a Next Generation “Open Network Enabled” -Moderator: Louis Libin, SBG/ATBA

          Panel: Jerry Fritz-OneMedia & Peter Tannnenwald, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth - Westgate Ballroom D

Noon - LUNCH – ATBA Board Members – By invitation only.  Westgate Ballroom D

1:00p-1:50p     The Why’s and How’s of PSIP - Marge Johnson, TitanTV  - Westgate Ballroom D

2:00p-2:50p     The Drone - An Automated, Optimized Antenna Measurement System Using a Drone -Casey Joseph ,LS Telecom Westgate Ballroom D

3:00p-3:50p     Antenna Tuning and Filtering - Nicole Starett, Electrical Engineer, Dan Fallon, Sr. Electrical Engineer Dielectric Westgate Ballroom D

4:00p-4:50p     Results of the FCC Incentive Auction: Important Facts for Wireless Microphone Owners & Operators - Joe Ciaudelli, Sennheiser - Westgate Ballroom D

6:00 pm - LPTV Reception and Awards Westgate Ballroom B

9:00 pm - Cigars and more Westgate Tempo Bar

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

10:00 am   Roundtable -  LPTV Leaders: Narrowing down our our ask and the steps to get there - ATBA Suite ( Number to be announced on Friday, April 21)

2:00 pm   Roundtable -  Station Website and Social Media Overview - Lee Miller  - ATBA Suite ( Number to be announced on Friday, April 21)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

10:00 am   Roundtable -  TOPIC: Your Mission as an LPTV Broadcaster: What to do with ATSC 3.0 - Vern Fotheringham, ESI Inc

2:00 pm   Roundtable -  TOPIC: TBA  - ATBA Suite ( Number to be announced on Friday, April 21)

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Incentive Auction Officially Closes; Announcement on Bid Results Expected by Mid-April

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP - Patrick S. Campbell

Capping an historic, year-long process that began with voluntary commitments by broadcasters to relinquish their channels to the wireless industry, the FCC’s incentive auction ended yesterday with the conclusion of the assignment phase, which added $136 million in gross bids to bring the forward auction total to nearly $19.8 billion. At the end of the incentive auction process, the FCC was able to clear 84 MHz of relinquished broadcast television spectrum, out of which 70 MHz was sold to wireless industry bidders during the forward auction. (The remaining 14 MHz will be reserved for unlicensed use.)

In a statement on the FCC’s auction website, the agency confirmed that it will “release the Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice in a few weeks” that notice will announce the results of the reverse and forward auctions and “provide important information, reminders and details regarding post-auction procedures and the obligations of successful bidders.” The release of that notice will also trigger the start of the 39-month spectrum transition and channel repacking period for broadcasters that remain on the air. By the close of business today, the FCC said it would also issue a document specifying the formats of the reverse and forward auction results files which will depict roundby-round results, bidder identities, etc. and will be released through the FCC’s online Public Reporting System on the day after the Incentive Auction closing notice is issued.

Congratulating the FCC on a successful auction process, National Association of Broadcasters executive vice president Dennis Wharton declared: “we look forward to working on a bipartisan basis with policymakers on a seamless transition for our tens of millions of TV viewers.” As Competitive Carriers Association CEO Steve Berry applauded the end of the incentive auction as “an important step in reallocating spectrum to expand mobile broadband in rural areas,” Scott Bergman, the vice president of regulatory affairs for wireless association CTIA said: “we now need to roll out our sleeves and work toward a smooth and timely transition that will allow wireless providers to deliver new services.”

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