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

Time to Stick to the Facts and Find the Right Answer

These are exciting times. The long-anticipated broadcast television spectrum incentive auction is scheduled to begin in less than one week. Designing the reverse and forward auctions has been a herculean task, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff deserves a great deal of credit for bringing the auction to this point in a timely fashion. … Continue reading Time to Stick to the Facts and Find the Right Answer

Revisionist History, Cable Goodies and Still Nothing for Consumers

On Tuesday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Media Bureau chief, Bill Lake, took to the blogosphere in an attempt to reverse the palpable lack of enthusiasm for the Chairman’s plan to eliminate the broadcast TV exclusivity rules. Unfortunately, Mr. Lake’s written defense of the Chairman’s proposal is fatally flawed and obscures the larger … Continue reading Revisionist History, Cable Goodies and Still Nothing for Consumers

Some Changes for a More Balanced Auction

Yesterday, NAB filed a limited petition for reconsideration of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent “Procedures Public Notice” laying out additional details concerning the forthcoming broadcast spectrum incentive auction. First, we’re asking the Commission to reconsider its decision to relocate TV stations in the duplex gap, which eliminates the only remaining exclusive use spectrum available … Continue reading Some Changes for a More Balanced Auction

What to Expect When You Are Expecting (TV White Spaces Comments)

Last month, NAB filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to amend certain rules governing the use of TV White Spaces (TVWS) devices. In particular, we asked the FCC to require fixed TVWS devices to eliminate the illusory notion of “professional installation,” an undefined concept that allows an installer to enter the location … Continue reading What to Expect When You Are Expecting (TV White Spaces Comments)

Double Standards, DISH and Designated Entities

The FCC should have been taking a victory lap following its $45 billion AWS-3 auction, which closed in late January. Instead, the agency was left fending off widespread criticism that “loopholes” in its auction rules effectively gave billions of dollars in subsidies to one of the largest corporations in the country. These criticisms arose from … Continue reading Double Standards, DISH and Designated Entities

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