THE WORLD IS WATCHING THE U.S. SPECTRUM AUCTION

ATBA says more interest is being paid to the Spectrum Auction after ITU discussions of LPTV/Translators

Geneva Switzerland –Louis Libin, Executive Director of the  Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance addressed the ITU WPA-6 Terrestrial Broadcasting Delivery Conference at the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva Switzerland today. Libin presented a document titled “MITIGATING THE IMPACTS OF MAJOR SPECTRUM REASSIGNMENTS ON LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR STATIONS.”

“The bottom line is that the plight of LPTV (Low-Power Television) and Translator services is before the International community,” according to Louis Libin, ATBA Executive Director. “The Incentive Spectrum Auction is viewed in the U.S. as a very important and ground-breaking event that the International community is very interested in the solutions that come forth to prevent the loss of services such as LPTV and Translators.”

Libin discussed in the document the benefits of the LPTV and TV Translator Services with an overview provided as an explanation of LPTV and TV Translators services including the history. A presentation was included on methods to minimize interference to current LPTV and TV Translator service and to determine the steps needed to avoid the termination of low-power television stations or television translator stations in the frequencies remaining for broadcast television was included as well as an introduction to basic Interference requirements for LPTV and TV Translator Stations and their secondary status in the United States. And finally, this document provided an opening for discussions on mitigation factors, including the use of “optimal” software for spectrum re-allocation and the associated technical assumptions.  In addition, the document included definitions of acceptable interference criteria and the use of more spectrally efficient new technologies are being investigated, including the Single Frequency Network using newest technologies.

“The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance continues to be encouraged by the increased attention being paid to the important services that both low-power stations and translators provide in this country,” says Rod Payne, ATBA Executive Board Chairman and LPTV station owner. “The leadership of the ATBA is recognized by not only experts in this country, but those in others nations as well, as being the go to source for the real issues at stake in the spectrum auction.  There must be increased pressure put on the FCC to not only document their need for reclaiming as much spectrum as they seem to feel is needed as well as to protect the vital broadcast services provided to so many in the U.S. through low-power stations and translators.”

The ITU WG6 Conference continues through the next two days in Geneva. ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology. For nearly 150 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to new-generation wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology and converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world.

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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 https://www.broadcastingalliance.org/join-us/ 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.

Respectfully,

The Board of Directors – The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance