If the government’s auction of some of the most valuable broadcast spectrum succeeds, broadcasters and consumers should be wary.
Once broadcasters relinquish their valuable spectrum, who will inherit their longstanding commitment to local service? The broadcast industry may have its warts, but when it comes to meeting the information needs of local communities, nobody does it better — not cable and not the Internet or wireless service providers. When the flood waters rise or the cell towers fail, local broadcasters are the go-to medium for news, weather and safety information from coast to coast.
via Broadcasters and Consumers Should Be Wary – NYTimes.com.
The Federal Communications Commission wants some local TV broadcasters to sell back their airwaves so the government can auction them to telecommunications companies for better mobile phone service. This sale could earn broadcasters billions of dollars for something the government first licensed to them for free, but could signal the end of many local TV stations.
via Does the F.C.C. Spectrum Auction Make Sense? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.
The 700 MHz auction was the last major wireless spectrum auction the FCC conducted. That auction, which ended more than five years ago, raised nearly $19.6 billion ($16.3 billion of which came from Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T)). The only auction that has occurred since then was last fall’s $300 million Mobility Fund auction–but that is all about to change.
via FierceWireless’ spectrum auction guide: What you need to know about the upcoming auctions – FierceWireless.
For the FCC’s spectrum auction to succeed, NAB’s Rick Kaplan says, the commission needs to make it “as easy as pie” by answering such basic questions for broadcasters that may wish to participate as: “Does the FCC want a volunteer in my market?; How much might I get paid?; Where do I go to participate; and how exactly is it going to work? None of those questions have been answered, and the … clock … is ticking,” he says.
via Kaplan: Incentive Auction Doomed, Unless… | TVNewsCheck.com.
The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) wants to sharpen its pencil when it comes to predicting TV station coverage. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) doesn’t think that that’s a good idea – not just now, at least.
Who cares? You should, if you’re a full-service or Class A TV licensee about to be forced into deciding whether (and if so, how) you will participate in the incentive auction process currently being devised by the Commission.
via TVStudy: Changes in TV Coverage Calculations Devised For Incentive Auctions : CommLawBlog.
All five commissioners from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s communications and technology sub-panel next month about its plans to auction off television stations’ airwave licenses to cellular service providers.
via All five FCC commissioners to testify before House sub-panel on incentive auctions – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley.
Executives at investor conference today say company has regrouped since losing its bid to buy T-Mobile last year and can keep up with wireless spectrum demands now and in the future.
via AT&T execs are confident about spectrum position | Mobile – CNET News.