FCC Announces Forum On Nationwide Public Safety Mobile Broadband Network

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From an FCC announcement: On Friday, March 4, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Public Safety Homeland Security Bureau’s (PSHSB) Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) will host a forum to garner input on the

FCC Authorizes Mobile DTV Receivers Without Analog Tuners - Further Signals of the End of Analog LPTV, and Raises Questions of Recapture of TV Spectrum for Broadband

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Last week, the FCC's Media Bureau granted waivers of the requirement that television tuners be capable of receiving both analog and digital television transmissions , but only with respect to tuners meant for mobile use. The FCC justified the waivers of the All Channel Receiver Act given the technological constraints that an analog reception chip would put on mobile receivers meant for the reception of the Mobile/Handheld Digital Television Standard (A/153) signals.

FCC Authorizes Mobile DTV Receivers Without Analog Tuners - Further Signals of the End of Analog LPTV, and Raises Questions of Recapture of TV Spectrum for Broadband

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Last week, the FCC's Media Bureau granted waivers of the requirement that television tuners be capable of receiving both analog and digital television transmissions , but only with respect to tuners meant for mobile use. The FCC justified the waivers of the All Channel Receiver Act given the technological constraints that an analog reception chip would put on mobile receivers meant for the reception of the Mobile/Handheld Digital Television Standard (A/153) signals.

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission: Broadband Service a Basic Service

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Jean-Pierre Blais, head of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), announced today that access to a minimum level of fixed broadband and mobile speed is a basic service for all Canadians.

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Allocating Broadband in the Twenty-First Century

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Michael Santorelli and Charles Davidson, New York Law School, have published "Seizing the Mobile Moment: Spectrum Allocation Policy for the Wireless Broadband Century." Broadband is widely recognized as a key platform for enabling and supporting job Here is the abstract.

Of “Lunch Stands and Merry-Go-Rounds”: Ninth Circuit’s Rejection of FTC Authority Over “Throttling” Could Have Far Reaching Implications for Cable and Other Broadband Providers

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On August 29th, a Ninth Circuit panel unanimously held that the FTC has no power to challenge “throttling” of unlimited data plan customers by mobile broadband providers as an “unfair or deceptive act.” AT&T Mobility LLC , No. Given the FCC’s 2015 reclassification of all public broadband services (wired and mobile) as “common carrier” services , the decision potentially could be applied to exempt cable companies and other broadband providers (e.g.,

From the FCC Chair: New Actions For the Broadband Acceleration Initiative

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From the FCC: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced new actions as part of the Broadband Acceleration Initiative, a comprehensive effort to remove barriers to broadband build-out, including streamlining the deployment of mobile broadband infrastructure, such as towers, distributed antenna

FCC National Broadband Plan - What It Suggests for TV Broadcasters Spectrum

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The FCC today released its National Broadband Plan to Congress, and in it spelled out its suggestions for the future of television. Facilitating the deployment of ubiquitous, dependable wireless broadband service is identified as a fundamental goal of the Commission’s proposals. The authors of the Commission’s report have viewed the problems experienced by some wireless broadband providers in major markets as indicative of a coming shortage in wireless capacity.

FCC Wants More Wireless Broadband from TV Spectrum - Congress and the White House Get In on the Action

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While it's summer in Washington and things should slow down, the discussion of the need for wireless spectrum for broadband, and the related question of whether to reclaim television spectrum for that use, continues unabated. This week, the FCC released a new report finding that between 14 and 24 million Americans have no access to broadband , and finding that a disproportionate number of those people are in rural areas.

FCC Freezes Channel Changes By Digital TV Stations While Evaluating Reallocation of Television Spectrum for Broadband Use

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In another example of how seriously the FCC is considering the reallocation of portions of the TV spectrum for wireless broadband use , the Commission today issued a Public Notice freezing any new petitions for changes in the channels of television stations. Many predict that these problems with the remaining VHF stations will be worse when the new mobile DTV devices roll out later this year.

FCC Wants More Wireless Broadband from TV Spectrum - Congress and the White House Get In on the Action

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While it's summer in Washington and things should slow down, the discussion of the need for wireless spectrum for broadband, and the related question of whether to reclaim television spectrum for that use, continues unabated. This week, the FCC released a new report finding that between 14 and 24 million Americans have no access to broadband , and finding that a disproportionate number of those people are in rural areas.

FCC Rejects Request by Low Power Television Broadcaster to Test Technology to Enable Broadband Service Over Broadcast Spectrum

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Last week the FCC rejected a request by a low power television broadcaster seeking an experimental license to test a technology that would allow broadcast television stations to provide broadband access. This decision brought about a rebuke by a Wall Street Journal columnist , suggesting that the FCC was not fully exploring one way to rapidly deploy broadband through existing TV licensees, in fears of foregoing the revenues that would come from an auction of reclaimed television spectrum.

Pandora Gets Subpoena About Mobile App - Privacy, the Next Big Issue for Digital Media Companies

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This past week, we saw Pandora announce that it has received a subpoena from a Federal grand jury in connection with an investigation into the use of information collected from various mobile apps, and whether users of these apps were aware of the use of their private information. On Line Media Pandora privacy subpoena Privacy behavioral advertising personally identifiable information privacy and digital media privacy and mobile apps targeted advertising

Reclaiming Over-the-Air TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband Use - What Will the Budget Super Committee Decide?

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The battle over the reclamation of television spectrum for wireless broadband rages on, and some in the television industry fear that the future of over-the-air television may be sacrificed to Congressional attempts to reduce the Federal deficit. These auctions are planned to pay some stations to turn in their spectrum, or to enter into arrangements to share spectrum with other stations, freeing some channels for broadband use.

The Debate Continues Over Using TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband - Incentive Auctions, International Considerations, Deficit Reduction, and Public Safety All Play a Role

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The debate over repurposing some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband have been raging over the normally quiet Washington summer, as issues as diverse as the budget negotiations, the tenth anniversary of 9-11 and international treaties all play their part in the discussions. The FCC has been pursuing the idea of repurposing some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband use since well before the Broadband Report was issued last year.

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Finland becomes first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen. Groups urge FTC to update Child Privacy Act to include the use of mobile phones and gaming devices.

FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Looking to Reallocate Some TV Spectrum to Wireless Broadband

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The FCC today started an examination of the future of the spectrum currently used by broadcast television, beginning the formal process of implementing the ideas raised in its Broadband Plan of repurposing some of that spectrum for use by wireless broadband technologies. Finally, he said that he hoped that parties would address whether reallocation of TV spectrum to broadband would indeed benefit consumers.

Congress Authorizes FCC Incentive Auctions to Clear Part of Broadcast TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband Users - The Details of the Legislation

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And it talks a broad view of what a station can get compensation for in a “reverse auction” that establishes how much stations will take to clear spectrum for wireless broadband. No station will be forced to move from a UHF to a VHF channel, or from a high VHF channel to a low VHF channel (which are even worse for digital broadcasting – especially mobile digital transmissions).

While Few Vie for New VHF TV Stations in NJ and Delaware, FCC Sets Comment Date on Improving VHF Digital Reception and TV Channel Sharing With Must Carry Rights As Ways to Help Clear TV Band for Broadband Users

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Despite his lack of interest in these VHF channels, the FCC seems to be looking at VHF as a way to facilitate its announced plans for the clearing of significant portions of the television spectrum for wireless broadband use. Issues on which the Commission seeks comment include: What effect will channel sharing have on the deployment of HD programming and mobile television?

Taxes On Consumer Electronics and Telecommunications

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Thierer and Berin Michael Szoka, the Progress & Freedom Foundation, have published The Wrong Way to Reinvent Media, Part 1: Taxes on Consumer Electronics, Mobile Phones & Broadband, in volume 17 of the Progress & Freedom Foundation on Adam D.

FCC Gives a Peek at Some Details for the Incentive Auction – What’s Up for TV Stations?

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The incentive auction by which the FCC will try to get some television stations to surrender their spectrum so that it can be sold to wireless broadband users is moving forward. Broadband Report Broadcast Auctions Digital Television Low Power Television/Class A TV Television incentive auction repacking of TV spectrum repurposing of TV spectrum for broadband

Commissioner Clyburn Suggests TV Channels 5 and 6 Could Be Used For Radio - Will It Happen?

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However, television interests have opposed this reallotment, but it may well be the broadband plan which could have the greatest impact on the consideration of this issue. But the recent proposal for the repurposing of some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband creates a whole new problem for the use of Channels 5 and 6 for FM radio. These issues are all interrelated - a change in the use of TV channels for broadband may down the road affect the growth of FM.

Stage 1 of the Incentive Auction Is Over – What’s Next?

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After the FCC increased the round-by-round bid increments Monday for the new mobile broadband blocks being offered in the forward auction (where wireless companies bid for spectrum which TV broadcasters had agreed to vacate in the initial “reverse auction” phase of the incentive auction), bidding slowed down considerably, and in just six rounds, Stage 1 of the forward auction was declared over yesterday afternoon.

July Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Quarterly Issues Programs and Children’s Television Reports, Comment Dates on Main Studio Rule Elimination and Modernization of Media Regulation, Incentive Auction CP Filing Deadline, Effective Date for Captioning Clips of Live and Near-Live Programming, and Window for FM Translators for AM Stations

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Beyond these routine FCC obligations, TV broadcasters must also start, as of July 1, captioning clips of live or near-live TV programming used on their websites or mobile apps. This is a continuation of the obligation of TV stations to caption over-the-air programming repurposed to a station’s website or mobile application. July is a big month on the Washington regulatory scene for broadcasters. There are, of course, the routine quarterly regulatory obligations.

126 MHz Incentive Auction Clearing Target Set – Reverse Auction for TV Stations to Bid to Surrender their Spectrum to Wireless Users to Begin May 31

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That means, that if the Incentive Auction is completed in the initial stage with the 126 MHz spectrum clearing target, TV channels 30-36 and 38-51 will be reallocated for mobile broadband and unlicensed wireless services , leaving UHF channels 14-29 for broadcast TV stations (along with VHF channels 2-13 which are not being auctioned). Broadcast Auctions Digital Television Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Television clock rounds incentive auction clearing target reverse auction

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July Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and Children’s Television Reports, Incentive Auction Actions, CRB Webcasting Closing Argument and More

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For other dates of importance to broadcasters, see our Broadcaster Regulatory Calendar, here.July also brings more on the TV incentive auction , where the FCC is looking to pay TV broadcasters to surrender their spectrum so that the spectrum can be repacked into a tighter TV band, with the remainder to be sold to wireless carriers for wireless broadband purposes.

FCC Announces That It Will Lift Filing Freeze on TV Station Modification Applications before LPTV/TV Translator Displacement Window

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That process includes the following: Sixty days prior to the opening of the Displacement Window, a Public Notice will provide data identifying locations and channels where LPTV/translator stations likely cannot propose displacement facilities because of the presence of existing non-displaced LPTV/translator stations, full power and Class A television stations, and land mobile operations.

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Debunking a Few Myths about the FCC’s Incentive Auction

Broadcast Law Blog

With the FCC’s Incentive Auction poised to move into its next phase with the August 16 th start of active bidding in the forward auction , where companies looking to provide mobile broadband services will bid on licenses carved out of the spectrum vacated by TV broadcasters, we thought it might be helpful to address a few of the myths that seem to be floating around about the auction.

Digital Britain: An Interim Report

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The plan for Britain is a move toward wired homes with full broadband, according to a newly released report prepared for Parliament. Here's a link to the full report, which covers such issues as public broadcasting, internet piracy, mobile services

Could Calls on the FCC for More Spectrum Lead to the End of Over The Air TV?

Broadcast Law Blog

An article from TV NewsCheck last week reported on an approach by an FCC representative to television operators, floating an idea that the FCC would "buy" TV spectrum from existing television station operators , and repurpose that spectrum for wireless users - presumably some sort of wireless broadband.

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Petition Asking FCC to Approve Next Generation of Over-the-Air Television, ATSC 3.0 – What is Being Requested?

Broadcast Law Blog

Will this system allow for better mobile reception ? Yes, in fact that is reportedly one of the important benefits of the new system, being able to reach mobile viewers on smartphones, tablets and other mobile delivery devices (in the not too distant future, if driverless cars become the norm, perhaps the car may be an important location for watching video as they drive on congested metropolitan streets).

January Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and Children’s Television Reports, Incentive Auction, FM Translators for AM Stations, Webcasting Fees, LUR Windows and More

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On January 1, TV stations need to be captioning clips of video programming that they make available on their websites or in their mobile apps , if those clips came from programming that was captioned when shown on TV.

In Less Than 3 Weeks, Let's Provide Detailed Analysis on Fundamentally Changing the Television Industry - Comments Sought on Encouraging Internet Video in Addition to Repurposing TV Spectrum

Broadcast Law Blog

As the comments filed in connection with these two requests will no doubt lead to proposals to be included in the FCC's February report to Congress on strategies for broadband deployment , these quickly prepared filings could help determine the future of the video industry for the foreseeable future. The Commission says that it sees Internet video as one way of spurring broadband adoption. though the mobile digital television deployment which is only just beginning).

What Washington Has in Store for Broadcasters and Digital Media Companies in 2015 – Part 2 – Court Cases, Congressional Communications and Copyright Reform, and Other Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

Fears are heightened as personal information is associated with location information from mobile phones or even cars as cars become connected to the Internet. Last month, we wrote about the FCC issues facing broadcasters in 2015. Today, we’ll look at decisions that may come in other venues that could affect broadcasters and media companies in the remaining 11 months of 2015.

FCC Ready to Tap Returned TV Spectrum with New White Spaces Order

Broadcast Law Blog

On the tentative agenda released recently for the next open Commission meeting, to be held next Thursday, September 23rd, the Commission has included an item entitled: " TV White Spaces Second MO&O : A Second Memorandum Opinion and Order that will create opportunities for investment and innovation in advanced Wi-Fi technologies and a variety of broadband services by finalizing provisions for unlicensed wireless devices to operate in unused parts of TV spectrum."

FCC Seeks Input on Use of TV Spectrum; Comments due Dec. 21

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The FCC has wasted no time in pressing ahead with the discussion of whether the spectrum currently used by local broadcast television stations is being put to the greatest use and whether it should be "re-purposed" for the so-called broadband effort. Stations will likely suggest that this mechanism will allow the wireless broadband market to tap this spectrum without further government intervention, if and when the demands of the wireless market require it.

What’s Up in Washington For Broadcasters in 2014? — Part 1, FCC Issues

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Spectrum issues have been the dominant TV concerns in past years, and will probably be front and center again this year as the FCC looks to further develop its plans for the incentive auction to reclaim TV spectrum for wireless broadband users. It is the beginning of another year – and a time to look ahead to look ahead at what broadcasters should expect from Washington in the coming year.

The President Nominates Tom Wheeler to Chair the FCC - What Will It Mean for Broadcasters?

Broadcast Law Blog

Some have also looked to Mr. Wheeler’s Blog, Mobile Musings , where he has commented on issues of interest to the communications industry. Broadband Report General FCC Television Thomas Wheeler Tom Wheeler incentive auction new FCC Chairman The President has nominated Thomas Wheeler as the next FCC Chairman , to become effective after confirmation by the US Senate. What does this mean for broadcasters?

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball - What Washington Has In Store For Broadcasters in 2013

Broadcast Law Blog

Spectrum issues have been the dominant TV concerns in past years, first with the digital transition, and more recently with the "white spaces" rulemaking and the proposals advanced as part of the FCC's Broadband Plan to reclaim part of the TV spectrum for wireless broadband uses. Every year, about this time, I dust off the crystal ball to offer a look at the year ahead to see what Washington has in store for broadcasters.

FCC Starts Next Step of TV White Spaces Deployment - Issues RFP for Database Manager to Track Interference Concerns

Broadcast Law Blog

Cable system headends which pick up TV signals must also be protected, as well as land mobile users who use portions of the TV band. While some of the same wireless services might be possible under the White Spaces proposals, given the requirements that primary users be protected, the broadband services envisioned by these more recent proposals would not be as easily implemented through the use of White Spaces devices.

Looking Into the Crystal Ball - What Can Broadcasters Expect from Washington in 2010?

Broadcast Law Blog

Thus far, its attention has been focused on broadband, working diligently to complete a report to Congress on plans for implementation of a national broadband plan, a report that is required to be issued in February. This cannot happen overnight, and it is a process sure to be resisted as broadcasters seek to protect their ability to roll out new digital multicast channels and their mobile platforms.

The Future of the Broadcast Media - As the FCC Meeting Next Week Considers What to Do With the TV Spectrum

Broadcast Law Blog

Many of those same truths apply to broadcast policy, and are particularly relevant with a week coming up in which the FCC may take its first steps toward dramatically reshaping the media landscape as it considers the future of the television spectrum, and potentially repurposing some of that spectrum for wireless broadband. At next Tuesday's FCC meeting , the Commission will begin its consideration of the future of over-the-air TV, as initially laid out in its Broadband Plan.

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