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What spectrum crunch?

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The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued a major report this month recommending to President Barack Obama that he direct the...

PCAST report concludes spectrum scarcity ‘an illusion’

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Contrary to commonly accepted wisdom, there is no scarcity of spectrum, and any shortage is “an illusion” created by how the federal government manages...

Pai Concerned About Where FCC Is Headed on ‘Big Issues’

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He may be in the minority, but new Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai has some major changes he would like to see the FCC make....

‘Complete Chaos’ Predicted if TV Repack is Done Right After Auctions

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WASHINGTON: Repacking 1,800 full-power TV stations into 40 percent less spectrum in three years will be chaotic if there’s no planning period after incentive...

NAB says FCC must go to bat for over-air viewers

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It’s one thing to make room for more wireless broadband services, said NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith in a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski....

NTA working to extend LPTV and Translator upgrade program

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On 7/2 the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) will cease accepting any further applications for reimbursement under its rebate program. As a result, hundreds of rural broadcasters and millions of people in small communities will be affected. Millions of families who rely on local television for news, entertainment, and education are at risk of losing access to free over the air television. With over $22 million of funds still available in this critical government reimbursement program, there is more than enough money left to provide full access to all Americans. So the National Translator Association (NTA) is working to extend the program by two years and ensure viewers will not lose access to one of their key means of communication. Initiated and leveraged through the NTIA division of the Department of Commerce, the Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program reimburses the eligible costs to upgrade analog low power television broadcast stations, Class A television stations, television translator stations, and television booster stations in rural communities to digital transmission. Through the work and dedication of the NTIA, more than 1,000 eligible broadcasters have been able to secure up to $20,000 of government funding for low power digital broadcast equipment. This has enabled millions to have access to Digital TV. However, with the program coming to an end on 7/2, NTA is asking for support and action to extend access to the grant and ensure equal access to Digital TV for all viewers. This is not about allocating more funds; it is simply about extending the deadline to allow broadcasters to apply for the available funds. For more info, contact NTA or visit their website: www.tvfmtranslators.com LARCAN is also offering support. Contact Paul Phillips, Sales Manager 303-665-8000 pphillips@larcan.com Source: http://rbr.com/nta-working-to-extend-lptv-and-translator-upgrade-program/

Spectrum Sharing: Good Idea; Bad Plan

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With an eye on the upcoming FCC Broadcaster Relocation Fund Workshop on June 25, 2012, the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (Alliance) believes spectrum sharing...

TV Channel-Sharing Ground Rules Start to Emerge

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Commission adopts skeletal preliminary rules for sharing, but leaves plenty of important details to be worked out in future proceedings And so it begins. The...

Broadcasters, FCC in spectrum turf war

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TV broadcasters look at the Federal Communications Commission’s recent drive to move them off frequencies and put their political advertising rates on the Internet...

Broadcast Alliance urges stations not to sell spectrum

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A group of broadcasters that calls itself   The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance is urging the NAB and others in the television industry
to encourage...