March 8, 2013
Hoping to buy low and sell high in the FCC incentive auction, NRJ TV, OTA Broadcasting and Locus Point have bought 39 stations over the past two years, according to SNL Kagan.
In anticipation of the FCC incentive auction, spectrum speculators have bought 39 TV stations — 14 full-power and 25 Class A low-power — since 2011, paying nearly $345 million, according to a SNL Kagan study.
NRJ TV has been the biggest spender, at $234.2 million for full-power stations, SNL Kagan found. [Read More...]
March 7, 2013
Ohio Reps Ask FCC to Protect Their TV Stations Express Concerns about Coordination with Canada in Run-up to Incentive Auctions
The FCC continues to hear from legislators concerned about frequency coordination negotiations with Canada and Mexico related to the FCC’s spectrum incentive auctions.
The latest comes in a letter Thursday from Ohio House members.
“As you implement the incentive auction, [which was mandated by Congress], we ask that you pay close attention to our Ohio constituents and their access local broadcast television services.” [Read More...]
March 6, 2013
WASHINGTON – Association of Public Television Stations presented its Champion of Public Broadcasting Award to Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
The award is given to lawmakers and other individuals who safeguard the ability of local public television stations to provide educational, informational, cultural and other essential public services to their communities, according to the group. [Read More...]
March 5, 2013
Senate Commerce Eyeing FCC Oversight Hearing March 12: Sources Content, Spectrum Issues Likely on Docket
According to sources, the Senate Commerce Committee plans to schedule an FCC oversight this month, with March 12 the likely date.
A committee spokesperson was not available at press time, though no hearing has yet been scheduled on its Web site. But an FCC source confirms that is the target date for the hearing, to which all the commissioners are expected to be invited to testify. [Read More...]
March 4, 2013
As broadcasters attempt to maneuver through the FCC’s spectrum reallocation plan, one of the key concerns in our industry is not so much what the commission does but how they go about it as well as the timing. In last month’s controversy over changes in determining TV station coverage and interference, we believe the commission has jumped the gun. [Read More...]
March 1, 2013
On June 30th, Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski’s five-year term will expire, which has led to speculation that Genachowski might soon announce his departure. Although the FCC chair is not a cabinet-level position, D.C. chatter is already flying fast and furious about Genachowski’s replacement, because the FCC holds broad regulatory power over the most important media, communications, and technology companies in the United States. [Read More...]
February 28, 2013
The FCC said Feb. 12 that it is looking for nominations for the fourth edition of its Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), which will get to work in March.
The council offers guidance to the commission and recommends how the FCC can advance the reliability of the nation’s communications infrastructure.
According to the FCC, nominations and expressions of interest from individuals seeking to be on the council are due no later than March 20. [Read More...]
February 27, 2013
All licensees of TV Pickup stations in the 7GHz and 13GHz bands must register their stationary receive sites beginning April 1, the FCC announced Feb. 5.
In a public notice released by the Broadband Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, the agency said the registration must be done using the commission’s Universal Licensing System for the receive sites of TV Pickup stations in the 6875MHz to 7125MHz and 12700MHz to 13200MHz bands.[Read More...]
February 25, 2013
A very interesting read – I hope everyone on the loop takes the time to read it.
This letter pretty much sums up what is going on with the incentive auctions and
show how much of a sham it really is. Unfortunately, the same thing is going on
in other communications industries, such as cable TV. It is a sad day indeed
for the LPTV industry.
To read the letter click here.
February 22, 2013
Move Aimed at Relieving Congestion at Hot Spots, Boosting Speeds
The FCC has voted unanimously on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking freeing up 195 MHz of additional spectrum in the 5 GHz band for Wi-Fi.
That is the band cable operators already use to provide over 100,000 hot spots, which the National Cable and Telecommunications Association pointed out in praising the vote.
The FCC has not set a timetable for a final vote, but has said it will move as quickly as possible. There will first be a several-week period of public comment on the proposal. [Read More...]