Getting the Auction Back On Track

NAB today filed suit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in federal court to challenge certain elements of the Commission’s May 2014 incentive auction order, which was published in the Federal Register last Friday. The order, approved by a sharply divided Commission, establishes the “framework” for the FCC’s first-ever voluntary broadcast television spectrum incentive auction. … Continue reading Getting the Auction Back On Track

The Point of Being a Ninja Is to Avoid Attention

As my 8-year-old works to navigate the travails of making friends in second grade, one of his most unfortunate emerging strategies has been to do silly things to get his peers’ attention. He took that approach to a new level this week when he spent some quality time with the school principal after dumping chocolate … Continue reading The Point of Being a Ninja Is to Avoid Attention

I Suppose It’s Worth A Try (When You Are On a Roll…)

There is overstating and then there is overstating.Last week, NAB proposed to the FCC commissioners some changes to the 600 MHz band plan included in the draft incentive auction order currently under review at the Commission. Specifically, NAB asked the FCC to shelve its planned 6-to-11 megahertz duplex gap that would be shared between wireless … Continue reading I Suppose It’s Worth A Try (When You Are On a Roll…)

The Missing Piece of Chairman Wheeler’s Broadcast Vision

At the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on Monday, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith publicly called for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop a National Broadcast Plan. He suggested that this plan, inspired by the National Broadband Plan, should outline the FCC’s vision for how the government can help drive, or at … Continue reading The Missing Piece of Chairman Wheeler’s Broadcast Vision

What to Expect When You Are Expecting

For those interested in the voluntary broadcast spectrum incentive auction, this should be an interesting week at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). At the FCC’s monthly meeting, the Commission’s staff will lay out its timeline and project plan for the upcoming auction. This update should be helpful, as all stakeholders seek to get a better … Continue reading What to Expect When You Are Expecting

Spectrum Reflections: It’s Time for A Moment of Reflection, CCA

CCA, please tell us you are kidding.In December, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), a trade association that represents most wireless carriers with the exception of Verizon Wireless and AT&T, filed comments at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to eliminate the so-called UHF television discount. The filing would be … Continue reading Spectrum Reflections: It’s Time for A Moment of Reflection, CCA

Spectrum Reflections: The Impending Sprint-Mo and the Auction Oh-No

I have to imagine that AT&T and Verizon Wireless (and their troops in Washington, in particular) are taking some pleasure in the recent stories suggesting that Sprint and T-Mobile are once again contemplating a merger. The potential for such a union adds a new level of intrigue in the campaign these four wireless heavyweights have … Continue reading Spectrum Reflections: The Impending Sprint-Mo and the Auction Oh-No

Representing Broadcasters and True Incentive Auction Success

At last week’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on “Crafting a Successful Incentive Auction,” the executive director of the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition (EOBC) sounded the alarm that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) upcoming incentive auction was on the path to complete failure. The reason? The FCC is allegedly not moving fast enough to inform … Continue reading Representing Broadcasters and True Incentive Auction Success

What Consensus Really Means and the Importance of Driving It

In December, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee conducted an oversight hearing on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) implementation of the Spectrum Act, and specifically the Commission’s work on the upcoming voluntary broadcast incentive auction. One of the most instructive moments of the hearing occurred during a series of questions posed to then-FCC Chairman … Continue reading What Consensus Really Means and the Importance of Driving It