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

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)

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…)

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 Sophistry

Thank you, Jeffrey Eisenach. Thank you for driving a stake deep in the heart of one of the Beltway’s biggest whoppers – namely, that broadcasters are the boondoggle beneficiaries of “free spectrum.” For my 31 years living in “This Town,” it’s been presented as gospel that TV stations “got the airwaves for nothing.” It started … Continue reading Spectrum Sophistry