Are we really surprised?
Stage 3 of the FCC’s forward auction closed after a single round on Monday, propelling the proceedings toward an expected Stage 4 reverse auction start date next week.
According to the FCC’s Incentive Auction Dashboard, Stage 3 forward auction proceeds totaled just $19.7 billion against a clearing cost of $40.3 billion. BTIG's Walter Piecyk noted the figure represented an 8.6 percent drop from the Stage 2 proceed total.Click here for the full post
GAO: Information on Low Power Television, FCC's Spectrum Incentive Auction, and Unlicensed Spectrum Use
Over two years ago at the urging of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA), Joe Barton (R-Tex.)and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) requested the Government Accounting Office (GAO) study the impact of the FCC's incentive auction on low-power TV stations and translators.
This article is based on a presentation given at the 2016 IEEE Broadcast Symposium.
Broadcast television in 2016 still relies on the ATSC 1.0 standard that was state-of-the-art back in the early 2000s, when the industry was beginning its transition to DTV. Make no mistake: DTV was revolutionary, enabling sub-channels, multicasting, high-definition video and other options that improved the viewing experience. However, like many other technologies from that time—the flip phone, the analog VCR, the dial-up modem—DTV built on ATSC 1.0 now seems dated and its capabilities simply maxed out, particularly given the rapid change occurring in the rest of the world.Click here for the full post
Rep. Greg Walden won a closed-door election to become the next House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Thursday — beating a more senior lawmaker to seize the coveted gavel of one the most powerful congressional panels in Washington.
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Free Access & Broadcast Telemedia, LLC (FAB) filed a response to the FCC's brief on Friday, Nov. 25, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
According to FAB, the government’s brief filed Nov. 14 articulates internally inconsistent rationales that respond not to what Petitioners in fact argued but, rather, to arguments the FCC wishes had been made, and the Commission’s assertion that Free Access et al. are re-litigating issues settled by the Court’s Mako decision is a subtle but characteristic attempt to confuse the Court on what this case is about.
“To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, the FCC can’t go to court with the case it wishes it had, it must go with the case it has. This is clearly an indication that the FCC is trying to finesse a weak hand and gives FAB even more confidence that it will prevail on the merits when the Court hears the case,” said FAB Communications Director Dave Seyler.
To view FAB's full response in PDF form, click here.Click here for the full post