Don’t Let Facts Get in the Way of Adamance: OTI Weighs in on the FCC’s 6 GHz Proceeding

Last week the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America filed a letter opposing the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) suggestion that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) consider allowing unlicensed use in 1120 MHz of the 6 GHz band – a staggering amount of spectrum – while reserving judgment on 80 MHz where broadcasters and … Continue reading Don’t Let Facts Get in the Way of Adamance: OTI Weighs in on the FCC’s 6 GHz Proceeding

Maximalism Meets Reductivism in the FCC’s 6 GHz Proceeding

“Amazing. Every word of what you just said was wrong.” — Luke Skywalker The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently considering the authorization of new unlicensed operations in the 6 GHz band. Like many recent spectrum proceedings, this one raises complex questions of how to accommodate new entrants while protecting important existing uses. Unfortunately, some … Continue reading Maximalism Meets Reductivism in the FCC’s 6 GHz Proceeding

Dead Giveaway: A Massive Spectrum Handout in the 6 GHz Band Based On Remarkably Little Usage of Existing Wi-Fi Spectrum

Multi-hundred billion-dollar companies like Facebook and Google are asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide free access to a stunning 1,200 megahertz of spectrum that includes the entire 6 GHz band. To put that amount of spectrum in context, that’s over 17 times the amount of spectrum sold during the broadcast spectrum incentive auction … Continue reading Dead Giveaway: A Massive Spectrum Handout in the 6 GHz Band Based On Remarkably Little Usage of Existing Wi-Fi Spectrum

300 MHz and I’ll Throw in Floor Mats: Why Haggling Won’t Help the C-band Proceeding

In the coming months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin to make final policy determinations concerning a slice of spectrum known as the C-band. The C-band is currently used by satellite operators to distribute content for networks and programmers to broadcasters and plays a critical role in a reliable content distribution system that viewers … Continue reading 300 MHz and I’ll Throw in Floor Mats: Why Haggling Won’t Help the C-band Proceeding

Siren Song in the C-Band

Over many months, the C-Band Alliance has worked with broadcasters to satisfy their concerns that giving up 40 percent of the eponymous spectrum used to distribute content to television and radio stations need not degrade the ubiquity and reliability of content contribution and distribution. During that time, the siren song of “more, more, more” echoed … Continue reading Siren Song in the C-Band

The Disease of More: Getting to the Right Number, Not the Highest Number, for C-Band

The conventional wisdom in the communications arena is that the United States is engaged in a race to be the first nation to deploy the next generation of wireless technology: 5G. But while many insist on the importance of winning the “Race to 5G,” we somehow can’t quite get out of the starting blocks. Central … Continue reading The Disease of More: Getting to the Right Number, Not the Highest Number, for C-Band

Bringing a Measure of Sanity to the FCC’s Children’s TV Rules

On Tuesday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the FCC would be voting in July to approve modernized rules governing children’s programming on broadcast television. While the current rules may have once served a purpose in a marketplace led by broadcast television, they certainly no longer have a place in today’s world … Continue reading Bringing a Measure of Sanity to the FCC’s Children’s TV Rules

First Informers: Hurricanes Florence and Michael

NAB and the Broadcast Education Association are pleased to present the sixth installment in a powerful video series demonstrating the indispensable role that local radio and television broadcasters serve as “first informers” during times of emergency. This film focuses on broadcasters’ heroic response to Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael, which devasted the Carolinas, Florida Panhandle … Continue reading First Informers: Hurricanes Florence and Michael

Common-Sense Reforms for Children’s TV

More than 20 years ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) created rules that require over-the-air TV broadcasters – and only over-the-air TV broadcasters – to air a specific amount of children’s educational programming, at specific times, in specific formats and in specific ways. The FCC’s rules implemented the Children’s Television Act of 1990, … Continue reading Common-Sense Reforms for Children’s TV

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