ATBA Welcomed FCC Commissioner Clyburn at NAB 2014

Commissioner ClyburnLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – April 2014/ The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA) welcomed Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission(FCC) to the ATBA hosted event during the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas this week.


“I was both delighted and encouraged by Commissioner Clyburn’s presence and reassurance to broadcasters,” said Rod Payne, ATBA Chairman. “Her acknowledgement publicly of our importance in this country cannot be overestimated.  I believe her to be supportive of our industry and am very happy she made time to be with us at the ATBA Reception at NAB.”


In her remarks Commissioner Clyburn spoke of the significance of all broadcasters. According to Clyburn, “there is no big consumer, no little consumer – there is no big audience member or small audience member, there is no significant broadcaster or insignificant broadcaster – we are all significant.”


“Commissioner Clyburn spoke strongly and directly on the benefits of LPTV, local, diverse and ethnic broadcasting,” said Louis Libin, ATBA executive director. “The Commissioner spoke to the ATBA as a true friend and we were honored to hear her words of encouragement. It is my wish that the Commissioner would be able to influence and educate the other Commissioners on the multitude of benefits of LPTV.”


LPTV broadcasters provide critical information for their communities. Commissioner Clyburn continued, “I truly believe that the communities in which you serve that rely on you for their critical information means we cannot overlook. I know what the law says, I know what our challenges are but I want to assure you that you have a friend that will continue to be an advocate that knows your worth, knows your service to the community and I will never ever forget that you count.”


An NAB Associate Member, the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance is an industry organization comprised of low power television broadcasters, translators, full power television broadcasters and allied industry organizations and companies.  The goal of the Alliance is to preserve and promote the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum. Visit for more information and to join.

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Dear Fellow LPTV Broadcaster and Industry Leaders,

The auction has ended and most of us are still here.  While it was not only our hope but the hope of many others that the auction would not take place . . . it did, but it did not have the devastating effect that it might have had. 

The world after the auction looks different and amazingly so has a very bright future!

What does that future look like?  Not only the amazing possibilities of ATSC 3.0 but the landscape of a nation of people who are increasingly cutting their cable cords and looking for free, over the air, broadcasting content.

That’s why it’s more important than ever that you join the Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance.  Our board of directors have a combined 500+ years of experience which beginning with your membership we are going to start making more available to our members on an increasing basis.

Soon as an ATBA member, you will be eligible to start tapping into not only this brain trust through unique services available only to our members but regular news updates regarding our collective broadcast future.  We are exploring new ways to tap into information from Washington as well as important updates that will benefit you right there where you live.

The need for the ATBA has increased with the new opportunities that are becoming available for those of us who still know that the future of LPTV, Class A and Translators is bright!  Are you selling your station to local sponsors?  Are you maximizing your spectrum to the advantage that you truly can?  Are you struggling with FCC rules and regulations that you either don’t understand or can’t get explained?

The ATBA is developing a database of information to help you find the answers you need! 

In addition we are still working with the true decision makers in Washington.  Your ATBA has earned the respect and the ear of the true movers and shakers that continue to shape our collective broadcasting future.

So what can you do to get involved and begin to take advantage of these, and many other, benefits?  Join the ATBA today!  Your membership benefits will include:

  1. Members only access to hundreds of years of LPTV experience through our new “Brain Trust”
  2. Early entry to our annual NAB LPTV evening event with access to our special event guest(s)
  3. Exclusive digital content regarding real world information you need to know
  4. Eligibility for recognition for your hard work through our ATBA LPTV Awards
  5. Access to equipment manufacturers with discounts available especially for ATBA members!

To be honest you can’t afford not to be a member of the ATBA! 

We’re making it affordable because it’s a win – win!  When you join, you’re going to receive more than just the benefits listed above but also you’ll be aligning with hundreds of others who, like yourself, have a vested interest in the continued forward movement of free, over-the-air broadcasting.  It’s a win for your ATBA because we will increase our strength through numbers as we grow together.

So what’s the next step?  If you’re ready follow this link to sign up.  If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to call a member of the ATBA board of directors by calling this number (877) 214-4277.   You’ll get a rapid response!

Thanks for taking the time to read this note and for your ongoing passion for the future of communication in this great country.


The Board of Directors – The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance