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February 13, 2018

The FCC released year ending broadcast station totals for 2017 last month.  Overall, the station counts have been fairly consistent throughout the year for all of the categories in the report. 

UHF and VHF Low Power TV stations licensed have decreased slightly at y...

February 1, 2018

AT&T Sells Remaining 600 MHz Spectrum

AT&T recently filed a document with the FCC to transfer its 600 MHz holdings to LB License Company, a subsidiary of Columbia Capital.  As you may recall, AT&T was the fourth largest bidder - over $910M - during the recent auction of...

January 10, 2018

Pearl TV

The Pearl TV Consortium of eight major tv stations is off to a very nice start in 2018 with Sony to develop a new on-screen television program guide to respond to viewer voice commands.  This capability will be part of their Phoenix ATSC 3.0 Model Market projec...

December 15, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission voted on December 14th to repeal its Net Neutrality rules. This decision reversed the agency’s 2015 ruling that regulated Internet Service Providers as Title II Common Carriers, and required them to treat all websites, large and sm...

December 1, 2017

We are in the final countdown to the vote on Net Neutrality which will take place at the FCC Open Meeting on December 14th.  I've discussed today's onerous Title II Internet regulations in previous blog posts and why it makes sense to return to the lighter touch Title...

November 29, 2017

Reaction to the FCC vote to authorize ATSC 3.0 was very positive among broadcasters and organizations.  The NAB stated the commission’s endorsement of 3.0 “marks the beginning of a reinvention of free and local broadcast television in America.”  Sinclair Broadcast Grou...

November 8, 2017

On November 16th, the FCC will vote on the voluntary roll-out of the new ATSC 3.0 next gen TV standard.  One especially interesting public policy issue is whether the FCC will require simulcasting of ATSC 1.0 signals in the same format prior to transmission of a compan...

October 4, 2017

On October 2nd, the Senate confirmed Ajit Pai to serve a second five year term at the FCC, retroactive to June 2016.

Pai has broad telecom industry support focusing on the FCC policy goals of bridging the digital divide, promoting innovation, protecting consumers and pu...

September 7, 2017

T-Mobile spent $8B in the FCC’s Voluntary Incentive Auction of Broadcast spectrum for 31 MHz of spectrum in the 600 MHz band.  This spectrum, finalized when the reverse auction completed in January 2017, was included in spectrum Band 71. 

T-Mobile has now started d...

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FCC Chairman Pai posted a blog on July 13th announcing that August would be Rural Broadband Month at the FCC.    He announced the following agenda to...

August is Rural Broadband Month at the FCC

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