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

Working Toward an Effective Band Plan

Today AT&T, the National Association of Broadcasters and Verizon jointly posted the following blog: The TV broadcast spectrum incentive auction proceeding raises some of the most difficult engineering challenges the FCC has ever faced.  One thing is clear:  a successful auction must start with an effective band plan.  A band plan must seek to mitigate … Continue reading Working Toward an Effective Band Plan

You Don’t Have to Be Einstein to Understand Broadcasters Are Efficiently Using Spectrum

A bad combination last night — catching up on reading the latest in the broadcast spectrum debate followed by a book on the life and sayings of Albert Einstein.  Fell asleep, and dreamed of walking the tree-lined streets of Princeton with the Great Professor, discussing spectrum policy.  It went something like this: Me: It’s frustrating … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Be Einstein to Understand Broadcasters Are Efficiently Using Spectrum

Verbatim Quotes are Stubborn Things

It's been said by cynics that the only real gaffe committed inside the Beltway is when someone actually tells the truth. That's why we've gotten a chuckle out of the overheated protestations from our friends in the wireless industry after NAB submitted evidence from two top telecommunications industry executives suggesting that "Heck yes, we're warehousing … Continue reading Verbatim Quotes are Stubborn Things

Your Favorite TV Shows: Could Government Policy Impact Them?

I have a confession to make – I’m hooked on “American Idol.” Not many people know that about me. But it’s hard to resist watching when my 42” HDTV is beaming the vibrant colors of Jennifer Lopez’s dresses and Steven Tyler’s fabulous highlighted locks into my living room. And what’s even better is that I … Continue reading Your Favorite TV Shows: Could Government Policy Impact Them?

The overlooked spectrum squatters

SNL Kagan media reporter Tim Doyle uncovered an interesting factoid this week when he reported that SpectrumCo, a cable-backed consortium, is sitting on $2.4 billion worth of spectrum that the company purchased in 2006. The airwaves are unused, and according to Doyle's report, "It does not seem as if that will change soon, either." With … Continue reading The overlooked spectrum squatters