Is Congress Waking Up?

August 1, 2012 – A bright light is emerging from Congress as a bipartisan group of members are calling again for a spectrum inventory that the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (Alliance) has called for multiple times.

The Alliance applauds House representatives and Senate members on key committees for asking for an inventory of each spectrum band between 300 MHz and 6.5 GHz as a minimum. U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) have re-introduced legislation to inventory the airwaves. In a press release, Snowe stated she believes more can and must be done to meet the future needs of all spectrum users and properly address existing spectrum challenges.

This will help resolve the issue whether there is indeed a spectrum crisis in our country that has continually been touted by the wireless companies. Based on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report issued recently, the Government has the spectrum available and the ability to dictate policy that can end the so called “spectrum crisis.” It continues to be their belief that spectrum is plentiful with the proper implementation of technology.

“It is increasingly clear that the mad rush to collect dollars by putting America’s vital broadcast infrastructure at risk is being questioned,” said Mark Aitken, vice president of Advanced Technology for Sinclair Broadcast Group and an Alliance Board Member. “The PCAST Report just issued underscores the fact that there exists no uniform understanding of why spectrum is in use by whom for what purposes at what value wherever it may be. Broadcasters can take a large burden off of the wireless networks, and provide more efficient, effective distribution of bandwidth intensive services to a mobile American public, but only if given a chance to do so with the right technology.”

“This is something we’ve been promoting for over a year now,” according to Lee Miller, media director for The Alliance. “The wireless industry has contrived a crisis to reach for an agenda of total domination of the airwaves. We continue to demonstrate that broadcasters have a solution in the Broadcast Overlay Plan that will better fulfill the wants and needs of developing a more vibrant capability for consumers.”

The Alliance is advocating a “Broadcast Overlay Plan” which would meet the growing needs of one-to-many distribution for wireless broadband as a partnering solution between broadcasters and wireless carriers. Copies of the Broadcast Overlay Presentation and Economic Report are available on the Alliance homepage at .


The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, formerly the Coalition for Free TV and Broadband, 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