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

Shake It Off, Taylor Swift’s Spectrum Advice

Our Love Story begins in 2009. As part of the National Broadband Plan, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had a bold idea to fix what it foresaw as a looming spectrum crunch for wireless broadband service. The FCC would broker an auction/exchange between television broadcasters and wireless carriers, and shuffle channels around as necessary. In … Continue reading Shake It Off, Taylor Swift’s Spectrum Advice

Local Broadcasters: A Lifeline in Florida

Day in and day out across America local broadcasters are a trusted source of critical news and information.  Never is that role more important than in times of emergency and severe weather when broadcasters become a lifeline to communities in need. Less than a week after Hurricane Harvey struck the east coast of Texas, Hurricane Irma … Continue reading Local Broadcasters: A Lifeline in Florida

Local Broadcasters: Hurricane Harvey Heroes

NAB and the Broadcast Education Association are pleased to present the fourth 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 Harvey, which in late August 2017 dumped more than 40 … Continue reading Local Broadcasters: Hurricane Harvey Heroes

New American Hustle: Cable Opposes a Free, Innovative Service for Viewers

In one week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to approve the voluntary use of a new broadcast television transmission standard, Next Generation TV. This standard has the potential to revolutionize the viewing experience, offering consumers a better product and enhancing competition in the delivery of video programming. This is an exciting moment for … Continue reading New American Hustle: Cable Opposes a Free, Innovative Service for Viewers

Next Gen TV: Something to be Thankful For

With Thanksgiving coming up, I’m practicing my Olympic-caliber skills at dodging awkward conversations about politics, religion or when I’m going to have children. And that means having an answer to the question “what are you working on?” that does not immediately cause eyes to glaze over. Spectrum policy is really interesting to me, but I … Continue reading Next Gen TV: Something to be Thankful For

Delivering Radios to Hurricane-Ravished Puerto Rico: A First-Person Account

Author's Note: To view photos of my trip to Puerto Rico, click here. I recently had the opportunity of a lifetime. I was asked by my employer – the National Association of Broadcasters – to travel to Puerto Rico to help distribute 10,000 battery-operated radios to people in hurricane-ravaged island and the Virgin Islands. The idea … Continue reading Delivering Radios to Hurricane-Ravished Puerto Rico: A First-Person Account

Modernizing the Mother of All Media Regulations

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at long last announced its intention to reform its woefully outdated broadcast ownership rules. At its open meeting in November, the FCC plans to vote on an order eliminating the ban on owning a print newspaper and any radio or TV station in the same market; removing the restrictions … Continue reading Modernizing the Mother of All Media Regulations

Setting the record straight on FM radio in iPhones

In recent months, the Southeast U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been pummeled by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.  The wildfires in California have been equally devastating.  These storms and fires have wreaked havoc on communications networks and challenged public safety officials’ ability to get lifeline information to affected residents. At a … Continue reading Setting the record straight on FM radio in iPhones

2 Fast 2 Spurious – Microsoft’s Vacant Channel Plan is a Sequel We Don’t Need

Summer movie season is well underway, bringing a fresh crop of would-be blockbusters in the form of original movies and familiar sequels. Sequels, of course, are a tricky proposition. For every sequel that arguably improved on the original (“Godfather II,” “Before Sunset,” “Magic Mike XXL”) dozens more serve as stark reminders of the perils of … Continue reading 2 Fast 2 Spurious – Microsoft’s Vacant Channel Plan is a Sequel We Don’t Need