Spectrum Repack News

FCC Opens Second Post-Auction TV Filing Window (9/20/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] TV stations that want to file for alternate channels or expanded facilities in the post broadcast incentive auction repack can do so beginning Oct. 3. The FCC‘s Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau have announced the second filing window for such applications, which will close one minute before midnight on...
Post-incentive Auction Second Filing Window Opens Oct. 3, 2017 (9/20/2017) - [Source: FCC] Upon conclusion of the incentive auction (Auction 1000), the Commission initiated a transition period during which the facilities of broadcast television stations that received new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction repacking process will be reauthorized and relicensed. As directed by the Commission, this transition period includes two filing windows for eligible full...
Analyst: What Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Could Mean for Tower Sector (9/20/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] …[Wells Fargo Senior Analyst Jennifer M.] Fritzsche also pointed to T-Mobile’s large swath of 600 MHz spectrum, a low band that Sprint does not have. “This low band spectrum requires larger macro sites vs. small cells for coverage,” Fritzsche said. So this could make for a “meaningful opportunity for towers,” even if...
Repacked Stations Must File Transition Progress Report by October 10 (9/20/2017) - [Source: Wiley Rein] …All stations that will change channels during the post-incentive auction transition must file a Transition Progress Report by October 10. Going forward, each station must file an updated Transition Progress Report by the 10th of each quarter (October 10, January 10, April 10, July 10) until the station has completed its transition....
A Sprint/T-Mobile Deal Still Faces Big Hurdles, Especially for Sprint (9/19/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Reports about T-Mobile and Sprint being open to a deal have been around since February, and the companies are believed to have started talks in April, after an FCC spectrum auction that prevented discussions ended. Talks were reportedly halted in May as Sprint entered into a 2-month exclusive negotiating window with Comcast...
Will the Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Finally Happen? (9/19/2017) - [Source: Junior College] …The election of President Donald Trump coupled with the conclusion of the FCC’s incentive auction several months ago has given rise to a flurry of speculation regarding potential M&A activity in the mobile market. The two sides were discussing a merger as recently as February, before talks broke off. Still, a merger...
T-Mobile, Sprint mull merger in bid to survive price war (9/19/2017) - [Source: Pitchbook] It was meant to be the year of massive dealmaking for US telecoms as a regulatory ban on M&A (because of the wireless spectrum auction) ended. Things didn’t live up to the hype, however, and investors balked as a punishing price war set in. Just last week, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made it...
Mobile and Sprint are in active talks about a merger (9/19/2017) - [Source: Cinema Blaze] …The carriers’ spectrum holdings are complementary-T-Mobile is in the process of expanding its coverage through the 600 MHz airwaves it recently won at auction, while Sprint sits on an enormous pile of 2.5 GHz spectrum that T-Mobile openly covets-and the move would result in three dominant network operators of similar size. As...
Feder: WYCC-Channel 20 will be going off the air on Oct. 25 (9/19/2017) - [Source: Daily Herald Business Ledger] After 34 years as the City Colleges of Chicago’s public television station, WYCC-Channel 20 will be going off the air — a decision was prompted by the sale of its broadcast license in the FCC spectrum auction in April. The station will shut down Oct. 25. For full report, see...
FCC: Auction Repack Reports Due Oct. 10 (9/19/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is reminding affected TV stations that their first post-auction repack status report is due next month. In a public notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau reminded all TV stations that are changing channels in the repack that Stations have to file quarterly reports starting the first...
Stations Reassigned to New Channels: Transition Progress Report Forms (form 387) Due Oct. 10, 2017 (9/19/2017) - [Source: FCC] All full power and Class A television stations that will be changing channels during the postincentive auction transition must file Transition Progress Reports using Form 2100, Schedule 387 which is now available through the Commission’s Licensing and Management System (LMS). Stations must file quarterly reports starting with the first full quarter after release...
Incentive Auction Transition Progress Reports Due Oct. 10 (9/19/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The first filing deadline of Transition Progress Reports for full power and Class A stations that will be changing channels during the post-incentive auction transition is Oct. 10, per an FCC reminder. The progress reports must provide information regarding steps stations have taken toward construction of their post-auction facilities from July 1...
Shares of T-Mobile, Sprint jump on report of ‘active’ merger talks (9/19/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Shares of both T-Mobile and Sprint shot up on news that the carriers “are in active talks” about a merger… The election of President Donald Trump coupled with the conclusion of the FCC’s incentive auction several months ago has given rise to a flurry of speculation regarding potential M&A activity in...
Zaxcom Says Its Technology Allows 226 Channels in the UHF TV Band After FCC’s Mandate (9/19/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] The FCC recently announced the results of the Broadcast Incentive Auction which repurposed 84 MHz of the 600 MHz UHF TV band (614-698 MHz) under what the FCC calls the “600 MHz Band Plan.” The repurposed 614-698 MHz UHF TV band consists of a guard band (614-617 MHz), a downlink band...
PBS Names Dana Golub Vice President, Programs Management, Technology and Operations (9/18/2017) - [Source: PBS] …In her new role, Golub will continue to oversee PBS WARN while also managing a new program… that will protect access to PBS for an estimated 38 million Americans in remote and underserved communities… a program that Golub helped to secure from T-Mobile to cover the costs for the relocation of translators, small broadcasting facilities...
iPhone 8, iPhone X Won’t Work With T-Mobile’s 600 MHz LTE Network (9/18/2017) - [Source: NextPowerUp] Apple’s new iPhones, including the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X, aren’t going to work with T-Mobile’s upcoming LTE Band 71 (600 MHz) network. The hardware included with those handsets isn’t compatible with the network and network support can’t be added later. The smartphones in the US work with FDD-LTE bands 1, 2,...
NAB at Odds With Big Cell Carriers Over Repack Schedule (9/18/2017) - [Source: Radio Magazine] Bidders committed more than $19.63 billion for TV broadcasters’ spectrum during the FCC’s most recent incentive auction, which ended in the spring. T-Mobile bid the most — $8B on 600 MHz licenses. These bidders have repeatedly urged the commission to stick to the 39-month repacking plan it has allotted to reshuffle TV broadcasters’ channels. These same...
Fox’s WTTG, WDCA Moving to Maryland (9/18/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The Washington duopoly was one of three in markets where Fox sold spectrum in the incentive auction but will be sharing spectrum with their duopoly partner. Fox got $119 million for UHF WDCA’s spectrum. Fox has already taken steps to more closely brand the two stations, rechristening MyNetworkTV affiliate WDCA Fox...
iPhone 8, iPhone X lack support for T-Mobile’s new 600 MHz extended LTE network (9/18/2017) - [Source: Apple Insider] The technical specifications for Apple’s new iPhone 8 and iPhone X lack a discrete entry for the 600MHz spectrum required to use T-Mobile’s new multi-billion dollar LTE network on Band 71 —but at present, only one other smartphone has support for the frequency. To explicitly support the new network, the phones need...
T-Mobile’s 600 MHz Installs Could Take Twice as Long as Planned (9/17/2017) - [Source: Colabug] Carriers spent more than $19.63 billion earlier this year at the broadcaster incentive auction, with T-Mobile alone spending $8 billion on 600Mhz spectrum it has crowed will make the company’s network significantly better . But before carriers can use this spectrum and consumers can benefit, the FCC must oversee a massive repackaging effort...
Secrecy surrounding KCSM-TV sale slammed (9/16/2017) - [Source: Daily Post] …The dispute [between a Wall Street-backed firm and the SMCCCD] is tied to the college district’s botched sale of the station’s spectrum in an FCC auction last November, in which it could have collected $114 million. LocusPoint and the district reached an agreement last year before the FCC auction to sell the...
iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Which has better business specs?… (9/16/2017) - [Source: Speaking News] …Based on the chipsets we have seen included on the PCB, the new iPhones have LTE Advanced and are limited to 600Mbps speeds and they do not support T-Mobile’s 600Mhz Band 71. The Note 8 is confirmed to include Gigabit LTE capability, whereas the other Samsung devices are receiving that feature as...
17 Views of Mobile World Congress (9/15/2017) - [Source: EE Times] …T-Mobile said it will use the new 600 MHz spectrum it bought for a whopping $8 billion to deliver this year Gbit/second LTE on LG and Samsung handsets and even faster 5G services in 2019. At the other end of the spectrum, AT&T said it is now running a nationwide LTE-M service...
Failure to meet 39-month repack plan could spell trouble for FCC, carriers warn (9/15/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Bidders may not be as eager to participate in spectrum auctions if the FCC can’t fulfill its commitment to free up 600 MHz airwaves available for wireless use within the next three years, carrier executives said this week. Bidders committed more than $19.63 billion for TV broadcasters’ airwaves during the FCC’s...
Veteran A1 Dave Grundtvig Looks Ahead to NFL Wireless in the Repack Era (9/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcast News &Video] …The first one didn’t really affect us all that much, [Dave Grundtvig] says of the 700 MHz reallocation in 2008. The repack of the 600 MHz range is going to have a much bigger impact on us. Grundtvig says conversations with game-day frequency coordinators indicate that they are taking a considerably...
Pixel 2 XL hits the FCC, LG confirmed as manufacturer (9/14/2017) - [Source: Foenaija] …The new [FCC] listing confirms that LG is the maker of the larger Pixel 2 XL, but nothing else of note can be gleamed from the document, except the fact that the device will not work on the 600MHz spectrum owned by T-Mobile in the US. FCC certification is a necessary step for...
Google Pixel XL 2 made by LG stops by FCC, launch date hint drops (9/14/2017) - [Source: SlashGear] …One other small piece of information coming from the filing is the supported LTE bands, which includes band 71. This is going to be significant for T-Mobile as this means that the Pixel XL 2 will support the carrier’s fancy new 600 MHz spectrum LTE, which Apple’s new iPhones have apparently snubbed.
NAB website aims to inform consumers about incentive auction repack (9/14/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] The National Association of Broadcasters has launched a new website in hopes of educating consumers about what they’ll need to do to keep getting broadcast TV during the incentive auction repack. According to NAB, more than 77 million Americans use antennas to watch local broadcast television. TVanswers.org is NAB’s answer to...
Zaxcom Making 200+ Wireless Channels Available in Repacked Spectrum (9/13/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] As the repack continues to move along, Zaxcom reports that the process will shrink the portion of the 614-698 MHz band that is available for wireless microphones. The company says it has addressed this, announcing that up to 226 channels of wireless will be available post-repack in the 598-698 MHZ UHF TV...
ONE Media Refutes T-Mobile 3.0 Claims (9/13/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] … [ A filing from ONE Media states,] “The complexity of designing mobile devices is a challenge worth pursuing. T-Mobile discusses in detail the challenges associated with mobile device design to support Next Gen capabilities over 600 MHz spectrum. But delivery of broadcast video to mobile devices in the UHF-TV band is not...
T-Mobile just got burned by Apple and the iPhone X (9/13/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! News / BGR] Apple announced the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus today. They’re all great phones in many ways, but they have one fatal flaw for T-Mobile and its customers: No support for T-Mobile’s new LTE network. Right now, T-Mobile is in the early stages of rolling out a brand-new...
Unlocked LG V30 to Support T-Mobile’s New LTE Band 71 (600 MHz) (9/13/2017) - [Source: HB Tech] T-Mobile recently spent a ton of money at an FCC auction to secure as much of the new 600MHz frequency as possible. They actually won more than any other wireless carrier which participated at said auction and it will go a long way to improve the current coverage they have around the...
T-Mobile’s 600 MHz spectrum—and Gigabit LTE, LAA, HPUE and more—left out of iPhone X LTE specifications (9/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] It appears that Apple’s newest high-end iPhone, the iPhone X, does not support T-Mobile’s 600 MHz spectrum. Band 71, which is the 600 MHz spectrum T-Mobile is currently deploying in order to broaden and deepen its coverage, does not appear among the spectrum bands supported by the new iPhone X. A T-Mobile...
Why the Newest iPhone 8, iPhone X Are a Win For Intel and Dish Network (9/13/2017) - [Source: Fortune] …T-Mobile (tmus) and AT&T (t) also lost out when bands of spectrum they own were left off the new iPhones. T-Mobile just spent $8 billion on spectrum in the 600 MHz band, but band 71, which includes that swath, isn’tcompatible with the new iPhones. So too band 14, which includes airwaves that AT&T...
Post-Incentive Auction Update to Table of Frequency Allocations (9/13/2017) - [Source: FCC] By the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology and the Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau: 1. By this Order, we modify the Table of Frequency Allocations (Allocations Table) in Part 2 of the Commission’s rules, as well as four Part 27 rules, to make them correspond to the results of the broadcast television incentive...
NAB Launches Consumer Education Website on Incentive Auction Repack (9/13/2017) - [Source: MarketWatch] The National Association of Broadcasters today announced the launch of TVAnswers.org, a new website to inform Americans about how they can continue receiving their local broadcast TV stations during the incentive auction repack process. The website is part of a consumer education campaign to keep viewers apprised of channel changes during the repack’s...
NAB Launches Repack Education Website (9/13/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] TVAnswers.org offers educational sections explaining to viewers why the transition is occurring, when stations in their area are changing channels and what steps they need to take to continue receiving their local TV stations. The National Association of Broadcasters today announced the launch of TVAnswers.org, a new website to inform Americans about how they...
NAB Launches Consumer Education Website on Incentive Auction Repack (9/13/2017) - [Source: Digital Journal] The National Association of Broadcasters today announced the launch of TVAnswers.org, a new website to inform Americans about how they can continue receiving their local broadcast TV stations during the incentive auction repack process. The website is part of a consumer education campaign to keep viewers apprised of channel changes during the...
T-Mobile US to Launch NB-IoT, Plans Nationwide 5G in 2020 (9/13/2017) - [Source: Converge] …T-Mobile plans to use a portion of its 600 MHz spectrum to deliver a 5G network from coast to coast by 2020. This will be augmented with its millimeter wave spectrum and push for mid-band 5G spectrum. T-Mobile also expanded its SyncUP product family, unveiling T-Mobile SyncUP FLEET, a new fleet management solution...
Sinclair: Tribune Merger Won’t Affect Repack Timing (9/12/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Sinclair’s VP of engineering, Harvey Arnold, says critics of its proposed deal to purchase Tribune stations are just wrong when they suggest the company would use its new size–over 200 stations–to delay the repack of TV stations. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said in a blog post, adding...
T-Mobile Plans to Launch First Commercial NB-IoT Network Next Month (9/12/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] …T-Mobile sees NB-IoT as providing developers “a flexible bridge” on the path to 5G. The operator said it will use part of its 600 MHz spectrum to deliver a 5G network nationwide by 2020, with early rollouts expected to being in 2019. The company also announced the new addition of SnycUP FLEET,...
NBCU To Launch Telemundo Affiliate In DC (9/12/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …ZGS Communications, which owns the largest group of independent Telemundo affiliations, gave up its spectrum for the Washington market earlier this year in the FCC’s spectrum auction, which gave NBCU the ability to take back the Telemundo affiliation
Comcast Completes Xfinity Mobile Rollout in U.S. (9/12/2017) - [Source: Top Tech News] …Comcast did, however, purchase $1.7 billion in wireless spectrum in the latest Federal Communications Commission auction that reallocated spectrum from broadcast TV stations to wireless services. Sprint and its corporate parent, Japan-based Softbank, also have been linked to a potential deal for Charter. Charter has said it will launch its own...
Weigel Moving Into Los Angeles With KAZA (9/12/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Weigel Broadcasting [has purchased] KAZA for $9 million, according to an FCC filing… Weigel sold its fourth Milwaukee outlet, independent WMLW, in the incentive auction, but will keep the station alive on a subchannel of low-power WBME there. KAZA is licensed to Avalon, Calif., but broadcasts from Mount Wilson with most of the other...
T-Mobile to build nationwide NB-IoT network, and LTE Cat-M network, in 2018 (9/11/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …T-Mobile said its IoT efforts will be bolstered by its purchase of significant 600 MHz spectrum licenses in the FCC’s recently completed incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted airwaves. T-Mobile executives also argued that its rivals Verizon and AT&T are currently focused on millimeter-wave spectrum that isn’t suited to the IoT....
Telemundo Launching a Washington O&O in December (9/11/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …ZGS Communications, which runs Washington’s existing Telemundo affiliate, WZDC, sold the station’s spectrum in the FCC auction earlier this year, opening up the opportunity for a new O&O, according to a Telemundo group spokesperson. The Washington station will be Telemundo’s second new O&O this year. The group’s new San Diego station...
NAB Won’t Challenge Repack Timeline (9/11/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters has told Congress that it will not ask lawmakers to mandate a longer post-incentive auction TV station repack timeline than the 39 months set by the FCC. Broadcasters have been working and are working to meet that deadline, but the association is also looking for assurances...
Editor’s Corner—Why there hasn’t been any major M&A in telecom yet (9/11/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] It’s been more than four months since the FCC’s incentive auction quiet period ended, and we still haven’t seen any major merger-and-acquisition activity in the telecom space. Why? It’s a situation that has sparked a fair amount of consternation among market analysts and industry watchers, with BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk‏ even...
GatesAir and Meditel Peru Relocate Four Broadcasters to New TV Channel Assignments (9/11/2017) - [Source: TheFuture.TV] …Bruce D. Swail, GatesAir CEO: “As we are demonstrating in the current U.S. spectrum repack, we have a wealth of experience in moving TV broadcasters to new channel assignments. Working with Meditel Peru, we leveraged that expertise to ensure that these affected broadcasters quickly returned to providing over-the-air services from their new UHF...
Mobile has the fastest Mobile data in the US, Ookla reported (9/10/2017) - [Source: Learning & Finance] …In addition to its recent efforts to expand its LTE footprint in the 700 MHz spectrum space, T-Mobile is also rapidly deploying a 600 MHz LTE network using almost $8 billion in low-band spectrum the company purchased from the Federal Communications Commission earlier this year. This report shows the actual speed...
Did Unlimited plans actually cripple Verizon’s network? – BGR (9/8/2017) - [Source: Speaking News] …While T-Mobile is scrambling to roll out 600MHz to increase its nationwide coverage to be on par with Verizon, Big Red is rolling out thousands of small-cell towers in cities, and refarming old 3G spectrum to LTE, all of which should massively boost capacity. Ultimately, the people winning here are consumers. T-Mobile...
T-Mobile achieves 1.175 Gbps in lab with Nokia, Qualcomm (9/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …T-Mobile also has been expanding its LTE footprint into new markets, leveraging 700 MHz spectrum and now it’s got 600 MHz from the incentive auction that’s starting to get into play. The Ookla report also noted that T-Mobile has been aggressively refarming spectrum, previously used for legacy technologies such as GSM...
Bill For Radio Repack Reimbursement Introduced (9/8/2017) - [Source: Radio Ink] Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX) and Gene Greed (D-TX) on Thursday introduced the Radio Consumer Protection Act, which would establish a fund to reimburse radio for costs associated with the broadcast TV spectrum repack. NAB EVP/Communications Dennis Wharton said the bill would “help fulfill the promise to hold local broadcasters harmless during the...
Noncom KECB Buying Noncom KCSM (9/7/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] A Santa Rosa, Calif., PBS station, KRCB, is the winning bidder for the San Mateo County Community College District’s KCSM, offering $12 million for the noncommercial station. The $12 million is a far cry from the $114 million the college district could have received had its employees not botched the sale of the station’s...
NRB Urges Respect for Christian TV in Spectrum Repack (9/7/2017) - [Source: Press Release Point / NRB] In advance of a hearing entitled “The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges” in the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Thursday, National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) highlighted the value of Christian television programming for local communities. In particular, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson...
Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly at Latin America Spectrum Management Conference (9/7/2017) - [Source: Benton Foundation] “By most accounts, the U.S. broadcast incentive auction was a success. Does that mean it was perfect? No. This was a very complex undertaking. Were lessons learned? Absolutely, and I will discuss that a bit later. But all things considered, the mechanisms designed and put in place worked relatively well. Through the...
Santa Rosa PBS affiliate to pay $12 million for KCSM-TV (9/7/2017) - [Source: Daily Post] A Santa Rosa PBS station is the winning bidder for the San Mateo County Community College District’s KCSM-TV, offering $12 million for the non- commercial station, officials said last night (Sept. 6). The $12 million is a far cry from the $114 million the college district could have received had its employees...
Reps. Flores, Green Introduce Bill To Repay Radio Stations For Costs Incurred In TV Spectrum Repack (9/7/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] Reps. BILL FLORES (R-TX) and GENE GREEN (D-TX) have introduced the Radio Consumer Protection Act of 2017, a bill to establish a Radio Consumer Protection Fund from which radio stations will be paid back for costs incurred from the television broadcast spectrum repack.  The funds would be available until the...
Senate Appropriations Approves Level Funding for CPB (9/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …[APTS President Patrick] Butler earlier in the day had testified in the House on another pressing budgetary matter, the need for noncoms to get more money for the post incentive auction TV station repack, saying lack of funding could be an existential threat. Butler pointed to Ken Burns new Vietnam documentary,...
Broadcasters Underfunded For Spectrum Repack, Reps. Told (9/7/2017) - [Source: Law360] Public TV broadcasters and local radio stations will bear the brunt of inconveniences and transition costs as wireless service providers prepare to take over channels cleared by the recent broadcast incentive auction, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee heard Thursday. In a Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing focused on the challenges of...
House Packs a Lot Into Repack Hearing (9/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The House Communications Subcommittee drilled into the FCC’s post-incentive auction repack plan Thursday in a hearing that touched on everything from hurricanes and tornados to tall towers, timelines and even the Sinclair/Tribune merger, which actually drew a fair share of time and attention. Most of the ground covered was not new,...
NAB Statement on Introduction of Radio Consumer Protection Act (9/7/2017) - [Source: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] In response to the introduction last night of the “Radio Consumer Protection Act” by Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX-17) and Gene Green (D-TX-29), the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “The legislation introduced by Reps. Flores and Green would help fulfill the promise to hold local...
Radio Show Photo: Repack’s Impact on Radio (9/7/2017) - [Source: Radio World] The Radio Show featured a Thursday morning session dedicated to the spectrum repack’s effects for radio stations. The moderator was Alison Neplokh, vice president of spectrum policy and legal affairs for the NAB along with Dave Siegler, vice president of technical operations for Cox Media Group (middle) and Jim Stenberg, principal engineer,...
Testimony of Lyn Plantinga at House Subcommittee Hearing on Broadcast Incentive Auction (9/7/2017) - [Source: NAB] Lyn Plantinga, [VP / Gen. Mgr. of Scripps’ WTVF-TV], testified this morning at a House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on “The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges.” Below is her testimony as prepared for delivery. Good morning Chairmen Walden and Blackburn, Ranking Members Pallone and Doyle, and members...
LPTVs Air Repack Grievances to House Panel (9/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] While not represented at Thursday’s (Sept. 7) House hearing on the post-incentive auction TV station repack, the LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition has a lot to say. In a letter submitted for the hearing record, coalition director Mike Gravino pointed out that as many as 3,100 LPTV stations will be displaced from...
The Week Ahead: House tackles spectrum repack as net (9/7/2017) - [Source: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] …The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology instead will hold a hearing on Sept. 7 titled “The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges.” The FCC is currently reorganizing broadcasters into remaining TV bands following the 600 MHz spectrum incentive auction earlier this year. Congress previously allocated...
Tower Guy: Post-Auction Repack Should Not Be Rushed (9/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Congress should not rush the timetable for repacking close to a thousand TV stations, a representative of the National Association of Tower Erectors has told Congress. That is according to his testimony for a Sept. 7 House hearing on the post-incentive auction repack. Currently there is a 39-month deadline for repacking...
Public policy will lay the foundation for 5G and beyond (9/6/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Legislative and regulatory issues will play a major role at [Mobile World Congress Americas], starting with the first keynote Tuesday featuring FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and CTIA CEO Margaret Attwell Baker. Other discussions include a panel analyzing the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, a look at unmanned aerial services...
Auction Task Force Extends First Filing Window One Week (9/6/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Stations that were a part of the first priority filing window for the spectrum repack will have another week to submit their applications, as the Incentive Auction Task Force and the FCC’s Media Bureau have announced an extension of the filing window from its initial closing Friday, Sept. 8 to Friday, Sept....
IATF and MB Extend Filing Deadline for First Priority Filing Window (9/6/2017) - [Source: FCC] Technical issues briefly interrupted access to the Media Bureau’s Licensing and Management System (LMS), which stations use to file construction permit applications and reimbursement cost estimate information. Recognizing the importance of first priority filing, this Public Notice extends the filing deadline for that window. The first priority filing window will now close at...
How to Free Up Government Held Spectrum in the Face of Increasing Budgetary Pressure (9/6/2017) - [Source: FCC] …The most recent example [of private spectrum use licensing] is the so-called incentive auction for broadcast spectrum, which concluded a few months ago.  Bidders for mobile broadband spectrum licenses essentially bought out some broadcasters, paid to repack others, and produced substantial savings for taxpayers.  The winning bids totaled approximately $20 billion and freed...
T-Mobile Introduces First Ever 600 MHz LTE Smartphone (9/6/2017) - [Source: Everything RF] After launching the world’s first 600 MHz LTE sites, T-Mobile will now be carrying the LG V30, the world’s first smartphone to support 600 MHz LTE. The carrier has also unveiled its latest location in Scarborough, Maine to go live with its new super spectrum. The company also announced that beyond lighting up the...
The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges (9/1/2017) - [Source: Benton Foundation] Date: Sep 7 2017 – 10:00am – 2:00pm Location: House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States https://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings/broadcast-incentive-auction-update-repacking-opportunities-challenges/ The Federal Communications Commission is in the midst of reorganizing broadcasters into remaining TV bands following the spectrum incentive auction earlier this year. This hearing...
Where to buy the LG V30 (9/1/2017) - [Source: Android Central] …Starting with T-Mobile, the instigator carrier will offer the V30 sometime this fall, and it will work with the company’s newly-launched 600MHz network, offering better coverage and indoor penetration in big cities, and excellent reception in rural parts of the U.S. See at T-Mobile AT&T AT&T says it will offer the LG...
Uniform License Renewal, Discontinuance of Operation, and Geographic Partitioning and Spectrum Disaggregation Rules and Policies for Certain Wireless Radio Services (9/1/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …Beginning with the 700 MHz First Report and Order in 2007 (WT Docket No. 06-150), and continuing to the 2016 600 MHz Report and Order (GN Docket No. 12-268), the Commission has established that licensees “must demonstrate that they are providing adequate levels of service over the course of their license terms.” Most recently, the Commission...
T-Mobile US (TMUS) Gears Up for 5G With 600-MHz LTE Sites (9/1/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] …T-Mobile US has already started deploying 600-MHz low-band spectrum on its 4G LTE network (from mid August). The company claims to be the world’s first to launch 4G in 600-MHz band and its first deployment site is Cheyenne, WY. T-Mobile US announced the availability of a handset, LG V30, which will support the...
SubCommTech to Hold Hearing on FCC Repack (9/1/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] A hearing has been put on the books for the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on the FCC spectrum repack. The Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), is entitled “The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges,” and will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. in...
NCTA Seeks Regulatory ‘Guardrails’ on Sinclair/Tribune (9/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …NCTA says the FCC should, at a minimum, review the deal under current media ownership limits, not hoped-for changes to the rules, and “consider” conditions based on “past conduct and unprecedented size.” NCTA said the deal would create a broadcast colossus with “exceptional leverage in business dealings with multichannel video programming...
NCTA Seeks FCC ‘Guardrails’ on Sinclair/Tribune (9/1/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, has stopped short of seeking outright denial of the Sinclair-Tribune merger, but it has major problems with it and suggests the FCC should consider disallowing new duopolies, even where they don’t violate rules, and joint retrans negotiations among commonly owned Sinclair-Tribune stations. That came in its response this week...
T-Mobile gets its first 600 MHz LTE-capable smartphone (9/1/2017) - [Source: Converge!] T-Mobile announced it will carry the LG V30 – the world’s first smartphone to support 600 MHz LTE – nationwide this fall. T-Mobile also announced Scarborough, Maine is the latest location to activate 600 MHz service. “We’re lighting up our new super spectrum for LTE and laying the foundation for 5G so fast...
T-Mobile US unveils first 600MHz handset, extends network (9/1/2017) - [Source: TeleGeography] Two weeks after launching the world’s first 600MHz LTE sites in Cheyenne, Wyoming, T-Mobile US has announced that it will carry the LG V30, which it claims is the first smartphone capable of supporting 600MHz LTE technology. In a parallel development, the latest location to be added to the cellco’s 600MHz footprint is...
Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology HEARING NOTICE (8/31/2017) - [Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee Repository] The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled “The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges.” Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only. The...
Communications Subcommittee Schedules Repack Hearing (8/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The repack will be getting in gear this fall, with almost a thousand TV stations having to move to make room for wireless operators in the swaths of broadcast spectrum purchased in the spectrum auction. “The broadcast incentive auction empowered broadcasters, businesses, networks, and consumers to play a role in the...
T-Mobile CTO Details Nationwide Network Strategy (8/31/2017) - [Source: PC Magazine] T-Mobile is just beginning to stretch its legs with its new rural 600MHz network in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Scarborough, Maine, the carrier’s CTO Neville Ray told us today. The company plans to cover much more of the country with long-distance, building-penetrating LTE waves this year, and it’s using the new network to...
Communications Subcommittee Schedules Repack Hearing (8/31/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The House Energy & Commerce Committee has switched gears and will hold a Sept. 7 hearing on the post-incentive auction repack in its Communications Subcommittee. The committee had planned to hold a high-profile hearing on network neutrality on that date, but sources say that has been indefinitely postponed. Now, the Communications subcommittee...
Sinclair/Tribune Foes Remain Unmoved (8/31/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …“Competitive carriers spent significant capital purchasing additional spectrum in the 600 MHz incentive auction, and continue to use significant resources to work with stakeholders to ensure a safe, timely, and an efficient post-auction repack,” said CCA President Steven K. Berry. “If the Sinclair-Tribune transaction is approved as contemplated, competitive carriers may be...
The LG V30 will be the world’s first smartphone to support 600MHz LTE (8/31/2017) - [Source: NeoWin] After spending $7.99 billion to acquire 45% of the auctioned low band spectrum that was available, T-Mobile was quick to announce that it would be rolling out its 600MHz network sometime during the summer. Today, the firm has announced that it will carry the recently announced LG V30, which will be the wireless...
MFM Distance Learning Seminar to Focus on FCC’s Regulatory Priorities (8/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Added [president and CEO of MFM and BCCA, Mary M.] Collins “…the online seminar’s participants will learn about prospective changes in the rules limiting the common ownership of broadcast stations, the impact of the television repacking after the spectrum auction, the introduction of ATSC 3.0, and the many other paperwork burdens on broadcasters which could...
The LG V30 is the first phone to run on T-Mobile’s new 600Mhz network (8/31/2017) - [Source: Android Central] …It may not be at the top of the list of high-value features, but when the LG V30 comes to the U.S. later this year, it will have one thing no other phone does: support for LTE over Band 71, also known as 600MHz. T-Mobile was the primary beneficiary of the new...
T-Mobile Gets First 600 MHz-Capable Device in LG’s V30 (8/31/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] Two weeks after T-Mobile began lighting up its first 600 MHz sites in Wyoming, the Un-carrier on Thursday announced the first handset that will actually be capable of supporting those new airwaves: LG’s V30. Unveiled at IFA2017 in Berlin, the new V30 smartphone is packed with high-end device features, including a 6-inch...
National Translator Association blasts Microsoft’s TV White Space plan (8/31/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The NTA says affected industries and the public are just starting to recognize the adverse effect of the TV spectrum repacking on Low Power Television (LPTV) stations and television translators from the recent incentive auction, and it’s becoming clear that sufficient spectrum will not be available for LPTV and TV translators...
LG’s V30 to be first phone to support T-Mobile’s 600 MHz spectrum (8/31/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The No. 3 carrier in the U.S. launched service on the spectrum two weeks ago in Cheyenne, Wyoming, making good on a vow to begin to its new licenses this summer. T-Mobile was the top bidder in the 600 MHz incentive auction that ended in April, agreeing to pony up nearly...
T-Mobile US continues to deploy 600 MHz, announces device support (8/31/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] After an initial activation of its 600 MHz spectrum at sites in Wyoming, T-Mobile US today said it is expanding its build-out to Scarborough, Maine. In the same announcement, the operator said it will begin selling the LG V30 device, which supports the 600 MHz band. T-Mobile spent around $8 billion...
LG V30 First to Support T-Mobile’s 600 MHz Spectrum (8/31/2017) - [Source: PhoneScoop] LG and T-Mobile today said the new V30 flagship smartphone will be the first device capable of operating on T-Mobile’s brand new 600 MHz spectrum, or Band 71. T-Mobile kicked off 600 MHz service in Cheyenne, Wyo., two weeks ago and today added Scarborough, Maine. T-Mobile is using the spectrum to provide LTE...
GatesAir to Provide Raycom Media with Repack Transmitters and Services (8/30/2017) - [Source: TheFuture.TV] Raycom Media, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned broadcasters, has signed an agreement with GatesAir to provide Maxiva™ transmitters and installation services. The agreement covers 65 TV stations in 44 markets affected by the FCC TV spectrum repack. The agreement includes broadband transmitters, RF systems; and installation services from GatesAir. Based on each...
Sinclair/Tribune Critics Tell FCC: No Deal (8/29/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …[The Competitive Carriers Association] said it is concerned that Sinclair could slow the post-incentive auction repack, where broadcast spectrum is being converted to broadband spectrum, given the combined company’s size—it would be the largest TV broadcast group with over 200 stations, including more repack stations than any other group. Sinclair has vigorously...
Court gives Dish a second chance to nab valuable spectrum (8/29/2017) - [Source: CNET] …[Dish Network] has continued racking up additional licenses. Earlier this year, it won $6.2 billion worth of wireless licenses in the 600MHz auction. The company still hasn’t stated its plans for using its wireless spectrum licenses. And the company continues to be rumored as a potential acquisition target.
NAB Rejects Latest TV White Spaces Proposal (8/29/2017) - [Source: Press Release Point] …The FCC previously said the gap between 652-663 MHz and Channel 37 would be not be sold to wireless carriers and would in fact be used on an unlicensed basis, once the recent TV spectrum incentive auction was over. In addition, the FCC put out a notice of proposed rulemaking that...
NAB, tech industry throw down over TV white spaces (8/28/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The FCC previously ruled that the 600 MHz duplex gap between 652-663 MHz and Channel 37 would be not be sold to wireless carriers and would be available on an unlicensed basis, once the recent TV spectrum incentive auction was over—given that that broadcasters would be vacating that real estate. The...
FCC’s repacking effort may far exceed 39 months: Guggenheim (8/25/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] It may take much longer for wireless carriers to deploy services on their new 600 MHz spectrum than previously thought. Bidders committed more than $19.63 billion for TV broadcasters’ airwaves during the FCC’s incentive auction, which ended last spring, with T-Mobile leading the way by spending $8 billion on 600 MHz...
NAB Fires Back After Tech Execs Support Microsoft’s White Space Plan (8/24/2017) - [Source: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] …In mid-July, Microsoft unveiled an ambitious plan to close the rural broadband gap in the next five years… NAB immediately voiced its opposition to the project, calling it an arrogant attempt by Microsoft to secure “free, unlicensed spectrum” after that company failed to bid in the FCC’s recent 600 MHz incentive auction. But...
TechNet Calls for Reserving Channels for Unlicensed (8/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With Microsoft pushing the FCC to set aside broadcast spectrum for unlicensed use as a way to promote rural broadband deployment, and the FCC preparing to repack TV stations in the broadcast band after the incentive auction, the issue of broadband use of so-called TV white spaces has heated up. If...
Sinclair Defends Tribune Deal Against Critics (8/24/2017) - [Source: CED Magazine] Sinclair Broadcasting is striking back against the flurry of criticism over its proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. …T-Mobile was concerned that Sinclair could slow the post-incentive auction repack as it will be the largest owner of stations relocating. However, Sinclair dismisses accusations that it would use the transaction as leverage to...
Sinclair and Tribune Respond to Deal Critics (8/23/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Critics of the potential Sinclair-Tribune merger have given their thoughts to the FCC through Petitions to Deny filings, and now Sinclair and Tribune have provided their response. In a jointly filed Opposition to Petitions to Deny, the companies attempt to address each of the claims made in the petitions, including those related...
NAB Voices Its Concerns with Microsoft Spectrum Proposal (8/23/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters is firing back at a letter from tech execs who wrote the FCC in support of reserving broadcast band channels, so called “white spaces,” for unlicensed device use. A group of tech company execs banding together as Voices for Innovation Tuesday raised their voices in support...
Sinclair Refutes Opposition To Tribune Merger (8/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Contrary to critics who want the FCC to block Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, Sinclair says that scale — great size — is not the problem in broadcasting, but the solution to remaining competitive in a world of media giants. “If broadcast companies, with their distinctly local focus...
Sinclair Fires Back at Deal Critics (8/23/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Since [the May deal for Sinclair to purchase Tribune] various groups and companies have filed petitions to deny, citing a multitude of issues, from diminished news and less diverse content to the post-incentive auction TV station repack and retransmission consent imbalances of power. Those opponents include Dish, Public Knowledge, Common Cause,...
Tech Voices Push for White Spaces (8/22/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Broadcasters argue that reserving spectrum for unlicensed devices will reduce the space available for licensed TV stations in the post-incentive auction repack, including the LPTV stations, which may need that spectrum to keep from being pushed off the air. Related: NAB Says Microsoft Is Playing Spectrum Bait and Switch In June,...
Raycom Goes With GatesAir For Repack Act (8/22/2017) - [Source: Radio & Television Business Report] One of the nation’s largest privately owned broadcast TV companies has partnered with GatesAir to provide transmitters and installation services made necessary from the TV spectrum repack. Raycom Media‘s deal with GatesAir covers 65 TV stations in 44 markets impacted by the repack. The agreement includes broadband transmitters, RF systems; and...
‘Only Sprint/T-Mobile has truly made sense’ among recent M&A rumors: MoffettNathanson (8/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The election of President Donald Trump coupled with the conclusion of the FCC’s incentive auction a few months ago has given rise to a flurry of speculation regarding potential M&A activity in the mobile market. Among other scenarios, cable players such as Comcast and Charter are widely rumored to be eyeing...
Raycom Signs Xmtr. Deal With GatesAir For 65 Stations (8/22/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Raycom Media and GatesAir have inked a deal under which the transmitter manufacturer will provide Maxiva transmitters and installation services covering 65 TV stations in 44 markets. The Raycom purchase includes GatesAir broadband transmitters, RF systems and installation services. The station group is buying Maxiva UHF liquid-cooled as well as Maxiva UHF and VHF air-cooled transmitters....
GatesAir Provide Raycom Media With Repack Transmitters (8/22/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Film and Video] Raycom Media has signed an agreement with GatesAir to provide Maxiva transmitters and installation services. The agreement covers 65 TV stations in 44 markets affected by the FCC TV spectrum repack. The agreement includes broadband transmitters, RF systems; and installation services from GatesAir. Based on each site’s specific requirements, Raycom...
Comcast (CMCSA) Enters Wireless Arena with Xfinity Mobile (8/18/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] …Comcast had also bought $1.7 billion in wireless spectrum at a Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Broadcast Incentive auction in April 2017, to bolster its wireless services. Charter Communications plans to offer wireless service in 2018. However, we believe that the joint entry of these two major U.S. cable multi-service operators (MSOs) will make...
Comcast Completes Xfinity Mobile Rollout in U.S. (8/18/2017) - [Source: NewsFactor Business Report / Philadelphia Inquirer] …Comcast did, however, purchase $1.7 billion in wireless spectrum in the latest Federal Communications Commission auction that reallocated spectrum from broadcast TV stations to wireless services. Sprint and its corporate parent, Japan-based Softbank, also have been linked to a potential deal for Charter. Charter has said it will...
Audio-Technica Responds to FCC Wireless Spectrum Auction with Trade-in Rebate Program (8/18/2017) - [Source: Commercial Integrator] One thing we can say about the Federal Communications Commission or FCC Wireless Spectrum Auction auction and its decision to phase out the 600MHz band for wireless audio is that it has resulted in some cool rebate programs. The latest is Audio-Technica, which has announced a trade-in rebate program to help wireless users in switching to a system...
T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) Begins Rollout of 600-MHz Spectrum (8/18/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS , the third largest U.S. national wireless operator, has started the deployment of 600-MHz low-band spectrum on its LTE network. In fact, this company is the world’s first to launch 4G in 600 MHz band. Its first deployment sites are Cheyenne and Wyoming. Going forward, T-Mobile US is planning...
Television station sold for $18.7M (8/17/2017) - [Source: Business Observer] WUSF Public Media will end broadcasting of its television channel Oct. 15. The end of broadcasting comes after the sale of the WUSF TV broadcast license in the Federal Communications Commission Spectrum Incentive Auction. The station was sold for $18.7 million, according to a press release. The FCC held a spectrum auction...
Comcast, nation’s No. 1 cable company, completes Xfinity Mobile rollout in U.S. (8/17/2017) - [Source: Philadelphia Inquirer / MMC News] …Comcast CEO Brian Roberts pooh-poohed the speculation about a deal for a wireless firm, noting the difficult economics in the highly competitive sector. Comcast did, however, purchase $1.7 billion in wireless spectrum in the latest Federal Communications Commission auction that reallocated spectrum from broadcast TV stations to wireless services....
Audio-Technica Announces 600MHz Trade-In Rebate Program (8/17/2017) - [Source: AV Network] Audio-Technica is preparing for the upcoming shift away from wireless systems operating in the 600MHz band (614 to 698MHz), mandated by law as a result of the ongoing FCC wireless spectrum reallocation initiative. To meet the demands of this situation, A-T has announced a wide-ranging trade-in rebate program that will assist wireless...
T-Mobile launches ‘world first’ 600MHz LTE network in Wyoming (8/17/2017) - [Source: TeleGeography] T-Mobile US has switched on its new 600MHz LTE network in Cheyenne, Wyoming using Nokia equipment. The launch – which T-Mobile claims is the first such deployment in the world – means that the cellco is leveraging the massive haul of low-band spectrum it won in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 600MHz Broadcast...
T-Mobile Now Ready To Go Toe-To-Toe With Verizon Thanks To $8B Low-Band Spectrum (8/17/2017) - [Source: EconoTimes] …the Un-carrier is ready to take things to another level by offering the world’s first 600MHz LTE network, which recently cost the company $8 billion. In the press release about the new spectrum, a few notable things were mentioned, including the speed of the implementation of the network after the acquisition. What would...
T-Mobile’s first 600MHz LTE network is now live, compatible phones coming soon (8/17/2017) - [Source: Android Guys] After spending $8 billion on a new low-band spectrum to improve its wireless network back in April, T-Mobile this week announced the first 600MHz LTE network is now live in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The new network, which uses Nokia equipment promises to offer better coverage in rural areas and inside buildings and less...
T-Mobile Turns on 600 MHz Network Two Months After Buying Spectrum (8/17/2017) - [Source: Legit Reviews] …T-Mobile is working hard to separate itself from what most of us think of a normal behavior for wireless carriers and only two months after receiving the licenses from the FCC for the spectrum it purchased earlier this year, it is flipping the switch for its first 600 MHz network. The new...
GatesAir CEO Sets Sights On Repack, Beyond (8/17/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Not surprisingly, the top priority of Bruce Swail, new GatesAir CEO, is meeting the demand stemming from the TV spectrum repack with the company’s second-generation of solid-state, high-power TV transmitters. While Swail says the repack is “front and center” for the company at a high level, there is “a list about a million...
T-Mobile Lights-Up World’s First 600 MHz LTE Network To Battle AT&T And Verizon Duopoly (8/17/2017) - [Source: Hot Hardware] T-Mobile isn’t messing around, it wants to be the biggest carrier in the U.S. and it is working hard to make that a reality. The third-place wireless carrier has promised to roll out a nationwide 5G network by 2020, and positively cleaned up at the FCC 600 MHz spectrum auction held earlier...
T-Mobile launches 600Mhz network in Cheyenne (8/17/2017) - [Source: KGWN-TV] T-Mobile has begun firing up its new 600 mega-hertz LTE network in Cheyenne. You may notice this tower on top of the Federal Center on Capitol Avenue downtown. The network will leverage the massive haul of super-premium spectrum won in the government broadcast incentive auction earlier this year. Cheyenne is the very first...
T-Mobile flips the switch on the first 600MHz LTE network site (8/16/2017) - [Source: TechRadar] 5G may still be a ways off, but mobile carriers are working hard to make the most of their 4G LTE networks, and T-Mobile is no exception. The carrier announced today that it’s successfully activated a 600MHz cellular LTE network site in Cheyenne, Wyoming — the first of its kind. Operating on a...
T-Mobile Rolls Out High-Speed 600MHz In Wyoming, But You Can’t Use It Yet (8/16/2017) - [Source: VietnamWorks] …T-Mobile isn’t content with being the nation’s fastest carrier, it wants to be the largest too. On Wednesday, T-Mobile announced it lit up its 600MHz LTE network in Cheyenne, Wyoming ahead of a nationwide rollout in rural parts of the country. “Earlier this month, wireless customers coast-to-coast proved T-Mobile already delivers America’s best...
T-Mobile starts employing 600MHz spectrum won in FCC auction (8/16/2017) - [Source: PhoneArena] Back last April, T-Mobile announced that it had won 45% of the 600MHz spectrum put up for auction by the FCC. That worked out to 31MHz of low-frequency airwaves won by the nation’s third largest carrier for the amount of $7.9 billion. Low-frequency bands are in demand because they travel farther and penetrate...
T-Mobile Enables its First 600MHz Network Sites in the United States (8/16/2017) - [Source: High Broadcast] …[T-Mobile] did well too with around $8 billion spent to acquire 45% of the 600Mhz frequency spectrum that was up for auction. Wireless carriers have been known to take a long time roll out new spectrum support but T-Mobile has been aggressive as they know how important it is for them and their...
T-Mobile’s 600 MHz LTE just went live, but it has unusual plans (8/16/2017) - [Source: SlashGear] T-Mobile has thrown the switch on 600 MHz LTE, promising a “record-shattering” roll-out of the new spectrum use as it fills in rural America’s patchy connectivity. The carrier certainly can’t be accused of wasting any time, having secured the 600 MHz spectrum licenses only two months ago. Usually, T-Mobile says, a customer roll-out...
T-Mobile begins rolling out 600MHz LTE coverage (8/16/2017) - [Source: Phone Dog] T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network is growing again. T-Mobile today flipped the switch on its first 600MHz LTE cell sites. The sites are now live in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with plans to activate 600MHz LTE coverage in many other parts of the U.S. later in 2017. The areas that’ll be getting 600MHz LTE coverage...
T-Mobile Turns on First 600MHz 4G Sites (8/16/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] T-Mobile has turned on its first 600MHz 4G LTE sites, two months after the operator got the licenses to operate the low-band spectrum it won at auction earlier this year. The new deployment in Wyoming was announced in a typically boisterous tweet from T-Mobile US Inc. CTO Neville Ray: .@TMobile is live...
T-Mobile lights up first 600 MHz site in Cheyenne, Wyoming (8/16/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless Week] T-Mobile flipped the switch on the first of its 600 MHz sites, making good on a promise to start deploying its new airwaves this summer. The nation’s third-largest carrier said it launched service on the spectrum in Cheyenne, Wyoming, using Nokia equipment. T-Mobile vowed to roll out 600 MHz at a...
T-Mobile’s First 600 MHz Sites Go Live in Wyoming with More on the Way (8/16/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] T-Mobile promised a “record-breaking” rollout of its new 600 MHz airwaves, and it seems it’s keeping its word. Less than six months following the close of the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction, the Un-carrier announced it has turned up its first 600 MHz sites in Cheyenne, Wyoming using equipment from Nokia. T-Mobile also revealed that additional...
First T-Mobile US 600 MHz site goes live in Wyoming (8/16/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Less than two weeks after informing the Federal Communications Commission that is plans to “rapidly deploy” its 600 MHz spectrum, T-Mobile US today followed through, using Nokia equipment to light up sites in Cheyenne, Wy., according to the carrier. In an Aug. 4 “ex parte notice” to the FCC, T-Mobile US...
T-Mobile Lights Up World’s First 600 MHz LTE Network at Breakneck Pace (8/16/2017) - [Source: Business Wire / T-Mobile] Damn that was fast. T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today announced it has begun lighting up its new 600 MHz LTE network — leveraging the massive haul of super-premium low-band spectrum won in the government broadcast incentive auction concluded earlier this year. The announcement comes only two months after the Un-carrier received...
T-Mo US launches LTE at 600 MHz (8/16/2017) - [Source: Total Tele] T-Mobile US on Wednesday announced that it has begun lighting up an LTE network using the 600-MHz spectrum it acquired at auction earlier this year. In a typically hyperbole-filled statement, the U.S. mobile operator revealed it has switched on LTE sites in Cheyenne, Wyoming, just two months after it received its 600-MHz...
Confessions of a Tall-Tower Worker (8/15/2017) - [Source: Radio World] Paul Fitts is one of the very few U.S. communications tower workers qualified to handle “tall” tower jobs, a skill that’s now very much in demand due to the on-going spectrum repack — by Fitts’ definition, “tall” is anything greater than 500-feet. At age 33, he’s also the chief operating officer of...
How 5G Will Impact the Internet of Things (8/15/2017) - [Source: EconoTimes] …It will be a while until 5G rolls out, but carriers are already gearing up for its release. T-Mobile, for example, became the first U.S. wireless company to announce its plans to deliver 5G coverage from coast to coast, using a portion of its low-band 600 MHz spectrum. In the meantime, T-Mobile customers...
Wireless Microphone Rules Updated (8/15/2017) - [Source: Press Release Point] …With the incentive auction completed, the 600 MHz band is now restructured with broadcast television service is now limited to Channels 2-36 and wireless operations authorized to operate between 617 MHz and 696 MHz. The 600 MHz Guard Band is 614 MHz to 617 MHz, and the 600 Duplex Gap is...
New WCAX owner Gray TV makes big gains 2Q 2017 (8/14/2017) - [Source: Vermont Business Magazine] Gray Television, Inc… also succeeded in recording broadcast and corporate and administrative expenses below the low end of its guidance. This performance, plus the gain on disposal of two licenses through its participation in the FCC reverse auction for broadcast spectrum (proceeds from this auction which were received on August 7, 2017, were $90.8...
WUSF Television to Cease Broadcasting Oct. 15 (8/14/2017) - [Source: Government Video] The clock had been ticking on WUSF TV since it announced that it had sold its spectrum as part of the incentive auction back in February of this year, but now a final broadcasting date has officially been announced. WUSF Public Media will end the broadcasting of the University of South Florida...
Dielectric to Open New Manufacturing Center to Accommodate Escalating Repack Business (8/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Film & Video] Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, will open a 33,000-square-foot manufacturing facility this fall in Lewiston, Maine, approximately 25 miles north of company headquarters. The Lewiston facility was secured to accommodate Dielectrics rapidly growing spectrum repack business, and will produce all UHF...
WUSF To Cease TV Broadcasting In Mid-October (8/12/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] WUSF, the public broadcaster in Tampa, Fla., will go dark at the end of Oct. 15, following the sale of its broadcast license in the FCC spectrum incentive auction, the station said today. The public broadcaster will continue its radio transmissions, it said. In addition to WUSF TV, WUSF Public Media operates the...
WUSF-TV goes dark October 15 (8/12/2017) - [Source: Sunshine State News] WUSF-TV was put on death row earlier this year, but the execution date had remained unknown — until today. WUSF Public Media announced Friday that it will end broadcasting its television channel at the end of Sunday, October 15. The announcement comes six months after the university announced that it had...
WUSF TV to shut down Oct. 15 (8/11/2017) - [Source: Tampa Bay Times] The University of South Florida announced it will cease operation of its television stations in October after it sold its broadcast license to the Federal Communications Commission, relinquishing its rights to the airwaves. WUSF-TV will continue operating until Sunday, Oct. 15, at which point some of its programming with shift over...
WUSF leaving TV airwaves Oct. 15 (8/11/2017) - [Source: WTSP 10 News] WUSF, which sold its broadcasting license earlier this year, announced it will be going off the air on Oct. 15. The college sold the license for $18,754,503 as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. The station and its four other digital channels had to go off the air...
WUSF-TV closure date announced (8/11/2017) - [Source: The Oracle] WUSF-TV will officially be going dark Oct. 15… After 50 years of broadcasting, it was announced in February that the station would be sold in the Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction for $18.7 million. In February, university spokeswoman Lara Wade said sale was because the station didn’t “align with our resources and...
Noncom WUSF To Go Dark On Oct. 15 (8/11/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The Tampa, Fla., PBS outlet owned by the University of South Florida will go off the air following the sale of its spectrum for $18.7 million in the FCC’s incentive auction. The school’s two FM stations will remain on the air.
T-Mobile US (TMUS) to Deploy 600-MHz Spectrum by Year End (8/11/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS , the third largest U.S. national wireless operator, has confirmed the deployment of 600 MHz wireless spectrum by the end of 2017. The company aims to cover 1 million-plus square miles of the country with this service. Notably, the company laid out its plans in an ex-parte filing with...
WUSF TV Ending Operations Oct. 15 (8/11/2017) - [Source: WUSF News] After 51 years of providing educational television for the Tampa Bay area, WUSF TV will be going off the air Oct. 15th. Earlier this year, the University of South Florida – which holds the station’s license – agreed to sell the television signal as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s nationwide Spectrum auction....
T-Mobile: Sinclair-Tribune merger could sabotage 600 MHz transition (8/11/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Opponents to the proposed $3.9 billion megamerger of two of the largest owners of local TV stations, Sinclair and Tribune Media, are warning that the deal could impact the spectrum reallocation timeline for recently auctioned broadcast airwaves. A large chunk of 600 MHz broadcast spectrum is being freed up for advanced...
Resumption of Filing of MVPD Incentive Auction Reimbursement Form (FCC Form 2100 – Schedule 399) (8/11/2017) - [Source: FCC] FORMS NOW DUE: AUGUST 25, 2017. 1. Technical issues with the Media Bureau’s Licensing and Management System (LMS) briefly interrupted some multichannel video programming distributors’ (MVPDs) ability to file initial reimbursement cost estimates on FCC Form 2100 Schedule 399 (Form 399). The filing deadline was therefore temporarily suspended for MVPDs. We are now...
Besting the 39-month FCC repack program (Reader Forum) (8/10/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] After dominating the wireless industry’s news cycle for over a year, the FCC 600MHZ spectrum auction came to an end. Now the real work begins. The 976 U.S. stations that sold their spectrum rights to the FCC, which in turn auctioned them to wireless providers, will have to take the steps...
T-Mobile tells FCC to reject Sinclair’s $3.9 billion Tribune acquisition (8/10/2017) - [Source: Puget Sound Business Journal] …T-Mobile paid nearly $8 billion in the FCC’s spectrum auction earlier this year, acquiring the largest number of licenses of any bidder in order to expand the its wireless network… The FCC still needs to repurpose broadband frequencies for use by wireless companies, and T-Mobile argues Sinclair will obstruct the...
Channel Sharing Rules (8/10/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, the information collections associated with the [FCC’s] decision, in Report and Order, Channel Sharing by Full Power and Class A Stations Outside of the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Context. Specifically, OMB has approved the Commission’s rules that...
Effective Date Announced for Rules Implementing Channel Sharing Outside of the Incentive Auction Context (8/10/2017) - [Source: FCC] On March 24, 2017, the Commission adopted a Report and Order in GN Docket No. 12-268 and MB Docket Nos. 03-185 and 15-137 implementing rules for channel sharing outside of the incentive auction context. On July 25, 2017, and July 26, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the Commission’s Paperwork...
T-Mobile US stresses IoT, 600 MHz in context of 5G plans (8/10/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] T-Mobile US made a splash earlier this year announcing it would deploy a mobile “nationwide 5G” network–as opposed to 5G fixed wireless access, which Verizon and AT&T are focused on–following its $8 billion acquisition of nationwide 600 MHz spectrum licenses during the Federal Communication Commission’s incentive auction. This week during the...
Auction expert backed by Wi-Fi group, WISPA advocates for auction tailored to 3.5 GHz (8/9/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] A Stanford professor who led the team that helped design the FCC’s most recent incentive auction is advocating for an auction process uniquely tailored to the 3.5 GHz CBRS band. …Working through the firm Auctionomics, he also led the consulting team for the FCC that designed the 600 MHz incentive auction...
T-Mobile isn’t messing around with making its network better (8/9/2017) - [Source: F3News] …In a new filing with the FCC spotted by Fierce Wireless, T-Mobile outlined its plan to accelerate the rollout of 600MHz. The top-level figure is extraordinary: by the end of the year, T-Mobile’s planning to have over one million sqaure miles covered with 600MHz by the end of the year. The image above shows...
Dielectric To Open New TV Antenna Factory (8/9/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Dielectric this fall plans to open a 33,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lewiston, Maine, 25 miles north of its headquarters in Raymond. The new plant will be used to meet increased demand stemming from the FCC’s repack of the television band. It will produce all UHF main and auxiliary TV antennas when opened, the...
FCC OKs More Forward Auction Spectrum Applications (8/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has accepted another batch of applications from winning bidders in the forward portion of the broadcast incentive auction. Those are bidders for broadcast spectrum being reclaimed for wireless broadband. The big players’ applications have already been accepted and the licenses granted, including the biggest bidder, T-Mobile, but this is...
T-Mobile executive sees low-band spectrum as great equalizer with Verizon, AT&T (8/9/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] T-Mobile’s 700 MHz spectrum deployment and its decision to pick up a boatload of 600 MHz spectrum in the recent incentive auction are helping to narrow the gap between it and rivals AT&T and Verizon, finally getting the low-band spectrum that is crucial to success as a carrier, according to T-Mobile’s...
T-Mobile US wants to ‘rapidly deploy’ its new 600 MHz spectrum (8/9/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] According to an Aug. 4 “ex parte notice” to the Federal Communications Commission, T-Mobile US is looking to “rapidly deploy” the 600 MHz spectrum the carrier purchased during the FCC-led incentive auction that concluded in March. A key part of the immediate plans for the new spectrum is bringing “new competition...
Tribune: We’re on Track to Close Sinclair Deal (8/9/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …Tribune also said in its financial report that it had received, as of Aug. 9, $185 million of the $190 million it is getting for the stations for which it submitted winning bids to move or relinquish spectrum in the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction, with the other $5 million it anticipates getting...
T-Mobile to FCC: Sinclair/Tribune Needs Repack Conditions (8/8/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] T-Mobile has come just short of asking the FCC to deny the Sinclair/Tribune merger on the grounds that it could impede its access to broadcast spectrum for which it paid billions in the broadcast incentive auction, citing Sinclair calls for incentive auction delays in the past. “The ‘New’ Sinclair will have over...
We Can All Agree On The Need For A Balanced Spectrum Policy (8/8/2017) - [Source: Public / NTCA] …The FCC is on the right path toward opening up new frequencies for licensed and unlicensed use. It just granted the first 600 MHz wireless licenses after the historic broadcast incentive auction. It is likely to consider in the near term modest changes to the 3.5 GHz rules that will support...
T-Mobile to Light Up Large Swaths of Western U.S. with 600 MHz This Year (8/8/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] T-Mobile appears to be on track to light up large swaths of the western United States with its newly won 600 MHz spectrum later this year. In an ex part filing with the FCC, T-Mobile noted that keeping the spectrum transition on schedule will help it expand wireless broadband across the nation,...
Nexstar, Sinclair ATSC 3.0 spectrum consortium searching for CEO (8/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …[Nexstar CEO Perry] Sook seemed optimistic the consortium would reach [a 100% nationwide coverage] goal, saying that most broadcasters will be looking to invest in 3.0 antennas during the incentive auction repack even if the FCC isn’t covering the total cost, because the FCC will at least cover the cost of...
CCA Warns Sinclair-Tribune Merger Could Hinder Spectrum Repack (8/8/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] The Competitive Carriers Association is warning the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media could throw the Federal Communication Commission’s 39-month spectrum repacking plan completely “off the rails.” In a Monday morning press call, CCA SVP of Legislative Affairs Tim Donovan noted that delays from Sinclair-owned stations could impact the entire...
Major Raycom Media Repack Order Announced by Dielectric (8/8/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] Dielectric recently announced that Raycom Media placed an order for 29 Dielectric UHF and VHF antennas, tunable RF filters and transmission line to facilitate channel changes for its stations affected by the spectrum repack. Raycom is a major TV station group based in Montgomery, AL that owns or provides services for...
Coalition Says Sinclair-Tribune Merger Should’ve Been ‘Dead on Arrival’ (8/8/2017) - [Source: CED Magazine] …Mobile interests also weighed in, with CCA’s SVP of Legislative Affairs Tim Donovan saying delays from Sinclair-owned stations could “throw the entire repack schedule off the rails, as even non-Sinclair broadcast stations may be delayed due to hold out issues related to other stations.” He notes that the carriers CCA represents “depend...
Gray Reports 15% Gain In 2Q Revenue (8/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …[Gray Television says that it] “also succeeded in recording broadcast and corporate and administrative expenses below the low end of our guidance. This performance, plus the gain on disposal of two licenses through our participation in the FCC reverse auction for broadcast spectrum produced fully diluted net income per share of $0.97 in the...
T-Mobile confirms speedy 600 MHz rollout for 2017, covering 1 million+ square miles (8/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] T-Mobile has filed a fairly aggressive plan with the FCC to deploy its freshly awarded 600 MHz spectrum for mobile broadband, with a goal to cover 1 million-plus square miles of the country with service by the end of the year. The No. 3 U.S mobile carrier laid out its plans...
Nexstar Buys Providence CW Affiliate Minus the Spectrum (8/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Nexstar has struck a deal with OTA Broadcasting to buy the non-spectrum assets of WLWC, the Providence, R.I. CW affiliate, for $4.1 million, the company announced Monday. OTA sold the station’s spectrum in the recent incentive auction. That means the agreement doesn’t need FCC approval. In a statement, Nexstar said the...
Nexstar Media Group acquiring non-license assets of Providence CW affiliate (8/7/2017) - [Source: WPRI.com] …OTA [Broadcasting] sold the WLWC-TV spectrum in the Federal Communication Commission’s (“FCC”) recently completed Incentive Auction and given that Nexstar’s agreement with OTA pertains to the purchase of the station’s remaining operating assets, the proposed transaction is not subject to FCC approval. The CW affiliation complements the existing programming and services delivered to...
First Post-Auction Priority Filing Window to Open August 9, 2017 (8/7/2017) - [Source: Wiley Rein] The FCC has announced that the first priority filing window for the post-Incentive Auction repack will open on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 and continue through Friday, September 8, 2017. The priority filing window is the first of three filing windows that the FCC plans to open for stations affected by the post-auction...
Nexstar Buys Providence C.W. Affiliate Minus the Spectrum (8/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Nexstar has struck a deal with OTA Broadcasting to buy the non-spectrum assets of WLWC, the Providence, R.I. CW affiliate, for $4.1 million, the company announced Monday. OTA sold the station’s spectrum in the recent incentive auction. That means the agreement doesn’t need FCC approval. In a statement, Nexstar said the...
Nexstar Buys Zombie Station WLWC For $4.1M (8/7/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] OTA Broadcasting had sold the spectrum of the Providence, R.I., CW affiliate in the FCC’s incentive auction. Nexstar Media Group on Monday agreed to acquire the non-spectrum operating assets of CW affiliate WLWC Providence, R.I. (DMA 52) for $4.1 million from OTA Broadcasting. Nexstar said the transaction will be highly accretive to its...
Microsoft’s White Space Redux (8/7/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …NAB’s preemptive attack focused on [Microsoft’s] plan to use broadcast spectrum, although Microsoft “refused to bid on broadcast TV airwaves in the recent FCC incentive auction.” When TV Technology asked Smith about the NAB invective during a Q&A session after his long but sparsely detailed speech, the Microsoft executive said he did not...
Rosenworcel, Carr Get Washington Welcome (8/6/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …the FCC prepared to be at full strength–five commissioners–as it prepares to take on net neutrality and media ownership reg reviews, not to mention 5G, a new broadcast transmission standard and repacking most of a thousand TV stations in the wake of the incentive spectrum auction. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai failed to...
Dish Network Continues To Lose Revenues And Subscribers In Q2 (8/4/2017) - [Source: Trefis] …Dish’s spectrum holdings constitute nearly 60% of its valuation, according to our estimates. The company has stated that it is planning to use the spectrum for the Internet of Things (IoT), but also that the hardware for its 5G and 600 Mhz spectrum is not ready. This can impact the company’s plans as the FCC...
Attention Repacked TV Broadcasters: First Priority Filing Window Opens August 9th (8/4/2017) - [Source: JDSupra] On July 31, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the dates of the first priority filing window for broadcast stations reassigned to new channels as a result of the Incentive Auction. For eligible TV stations, the first priority filing window will open on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, and close at 11:59 pm EDT...
Dish ‘confident’ its IoT strategy can meet FCC’s build-out requirements (8/4/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Dish Network believes that its plan to launch a narrowband IoT network will enable it to meet the FCC’s build-out requirements for its spectrum, according to Jefferies Equity Research Americas. But it may need some help. Dish continues to sit on a significant pile of midband spectrum, but the clock is...
Sennheiser Responds to FCC Wireless Spectrum Auction with Trade-in Deal (8/4/2017) - [Source: Commercial Integrator] Sennheiser has turned something as confusing as the Federal Communications Commission or FCC wireless spectrum auction into an easy-to-understand opportunity for its dealers. The audio and microphone maker is offering an upgrade path for 600MHz wireless users, creating a trade-in opportunity to convert non-compliant 600MHz wireless gear into frequency-compliant offerings. After the...
Dish Misses Profit Expectations, but Limits Subscriber Losses (8/3/2017) - [Source: Newsmax Finance] …In April, Dish was the second-largest winner in a U.S. government auction of spectrum. The end of a ban on merger talks associated with the auction means that Dish can hold discussions on possible combinations with other companies in the industry. “We believe that the majority of Dish value lies in spectrum,...
Cellular Giants Seek More 5G Spectrum (8/3/2017) - [Source: Next Generation Communications] …the FCC recently auctioned 600MHz of spectrum, in the process raising nearly $20 billion. It has also allocated mid-band spectrum in the 3.5GHz range. And the Spectrum Frontier Ruling, Brenner said, will open up millimeter wave spectrum. “In that ruling, the FCC issued rules for over 11 GHz of millimeter wave...
Univision’s Reports “Challenging” Q2 Ad Sales As Revenues Fall (8/3/2017) - [Source: Deadline] …[CFO Frank Lopez-Balboa] adds that Univision received $376 million from the FCC auction of broadcast spectrum, where station owners relinquished some of their air rights in return for some of the proceeds. The company plans to use most of the cash to reduce debt. Univision reported Q2 net income of $106.1 million, up 42.0%...
Raycom Media Orders 29 Dielectric Antennas For Repack (8/3/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Raycom Media has placed an order for 29 UHF and VHF antennas, tunable RF filers and transmission line from Dielectric to execute its TV spectrum repack obligations, the antenna manufacturer announced this week. The Dielectric antennas for Raycom includes: TFU-WB UHF arrays, a low-cost, sidemount UHF broadband pylon antenna. TFU-G, TFU-E and TFU-J...
Dish Continues to Lose Subscribers in the Wake of Cord Cutters (8/3/2017) - [Source: Fortune] …Dish has been buying up wireless airwaves, or spectrum, in recent years as its satellite business comes under pressure. In April, the company was the second-largest winner in a U.S. government auction of broadcast airwaves for wireless use. Its spectrum portfolio has led industry analysts to speculate that it could tie up with...
Post-Auction, the Spectrum Landscape Remains Tumultuous (8/3/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Film and Video] The aftermath of the FCC spectrum auction is turning out to be as complicated as the auction itself was. Professional users of wireless microphones have been receiving unwelcome surprises in the form of unexpected use of recently acquired UHF spectrum by mobile-network providers who bought it during the auction, which...
Dish Slips: Q2 Piles Up Less-Bad Subscriber Losses, as Debt Mounts (8/3/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] …focus continues to remain on the company’s spectrum strategy. Investors are keen to figure out the strategic opportunities that DISH is pursuing with respect to its spectrum portfolio, which has burgeoned significantly with DISH’s purchase of $6.2B worth of spectrum in the 600MHz auction. On a less enthusiastic note, Craig Moffett  of the...
Dish Network loses fewer subscribers than Wall Street expected (8/3/2017) - [Source: New York Post] …The company has been buying up wireless airwaves, or spectrum, in recent years as its satellite business has come under pressure from cable as well as cheaper streaming options. In April, the company was the second-largest winner in a U.S. government auction of spectrum. The end of a ban on merger...
‘Airwaves’ Act Would Move Fed Spectrum to Commercial Use (8/3/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …[The U.S. Senate’s] plan calls for 10% of proceeds from spectrum auctions to go directly “to wireless broadband infrastructure buildout in unserved and underserved areas throughout rural communities across the country.” The bill, S.1682, was referred to the Senate Commerce Committee, on which both Gardner and Hassan serve. The draft bill has...
Dish reports better-than-expected subscriber losses of 196K in Q2, but most metrics still headed south (8/3/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …[MoffettNathanson analyst Craig] Moffett’s concern is that the debt Dish has incurred in recent quarters to buy all of its wireless spectrum is leveraged against the declining satellite business. “Now that they have paid for their newly purchased 600 MHz spectrum (with debt that, again cannot claim that spectrum as collateral),...
Deutsche Telekom AG (via Public) / Second quarter report 2017 (8/3/2017) - [Source: Public] …The Group invested 3.0 billion euros between April and June, once again more than in the same period of last year – a substantial increase of 12.4 percent. Including expenses for mobile spectrum, this figure rises to 10.2 billion, of which 7.2 billion euros were used by T-Mobile US to acquire valuable spectrum...
An Ugly Q2, And A Tough Q3, Scorch Sinclair (8/2/2017) - [Source: Radio+Television Business Report] …[Chris Ripley, President/CEO of Sinclair] said in prepared remarks. “Our digital business, excluding new digital investments, continues to outperform with mid to high 20% growth expected in the third quarter of 2017.” On the cash flow front, Sinclair in July received approximately $311 million of gross proceeds from the FCC Spectrum Auction. This will...
Entravision Communications Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results (8/2/2017) - [Source: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] …On July 21, 2017, [Entravision] received proceeds of $263.6 million related to its participation in the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) auction for broadcast spectrum. The proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by the Company during the auction to modify and/or relinquish spectrum usage rights for certain of...
Introduction of Spectrum-Focused AIRWAVES Act Garners Industry Applause (8/2/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] …the act would require 10 percent of all spectrum auction proceeds to be funneled into paying for wireless broadband infrastructure buildouts in unserved and underserved areas across the country. Gardner called the bill “commonsense legislation” that will offer “innovative ways to avoid a spectrum crunch, pave the way for 5G service, and...
Sinclair’s media revenue climbs 4.2% to $632 million (8/2/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable] …“Our digital business, excluding new digital investments, continues to outperform with mid to high twenty percent growth expected in the third quarter of 2017. On the cash flow front, in July, we received approximately $311 million of gross proceeds from the FCC Spectrum Auction, which we intend to use towards the funding...
T-Mobile Sweeps ALL Network Awards in Global Industry First (8/2/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] …By the end of the year, the Un-carrier expects to expand LTE coverage to 321 million people. With its rollout of 700 MHz Extended Range LTE nearly complete, T-Mobile plans to further broaden its LTE footprint for customers this year with its newly acquired 600 MHz spectrum. To learn more about T-Mobile’s...
Sinclair 2Q Media Revenue Grows 4% (8/2/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] “…On the cash flow front, in July, we received approximately $311 million of gross proceeds from the FCC Spectrum Auction, which we intend to use towards the funding of the Tribune acquisition,” [Chris Ripley, president-CEO, Sinclair] added. Read the company’s report here.
Sinclair Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results (8/2/2017) - [Source: MarketWatch] …Chris Ripley, President and Chief Executive Officer:  “…On the cash flow front, in July, we received approximately $311 million of gross proceeds from the FCC Spectrum Auction, which we intend to use towards the funding of the Tribune acquisition.” The following transactions closed during 2016 or 2017 and, therefore, the results of these...
Court opinion dismissing pet. for review in part – Free Access v. FCC (8/1/2017) - [Source: FCC] …GRIFFITH, Circuit Judge: In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission adopted procedures for an auction designed to make more room on the electromagnetic spectrum for mobile broadband (wireless network) providers. In an earlier decision, we upheld the 2014 order creating these procedures. Petitioners now attack two related but more recent orders, but their challenges...
Why Sprint Corp. Shares Jumped 11.5% Today (8/1/2017) - [Source: Fox Business] …Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure offered an update on the company’s hunt for a merger partner. “We have been going at it for the last, you know, since the spectrum auction has finished, so hopefully this is going to come to an end in the near future,” he said on a conference call...
Echoing Microsoft, House Coalition Asks FCC for Three TV White Space Channels to Target Rural Broadband (8/1/2017) - [Source: Benton Foundation] …The three channels referenced would include the duplex gap between 652-663 MHz, Channel 37 (608-614 MHz) and an additional vacant channel in the post-auction broadcast TV band (54-608 MHz), the letter stated. The channels would be reserved for unlicensed use. If the idea of reserving three channels below 700 MHz for rural...
TAB Event Attracts Beyond Lone Star State (8/1/2017) - [Source: Radio World] …Patrick McFadden, associate general counsel at the National Association of Broadcasters; Martyn Horspool at GatesAir; and Dielectric’s Jay Martin will co-host “Navigating the Spectrum Repack.” Radio and TV stations alike must prepare for the biggest technical challenge of this century. This session will bring attendees up to speed on the latest in...
Gardner, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Support Wireless Innovation And Close The Urban-Rural Divide (8/1/2017) - [Source: Public] …The AIRWAVES Act aims to motivate industry and federal agencies to find ways to better utilize spectrum and avoid a spectrum crunch and lay the groundwork for 5G technologies. Second, this legislation requires 10 percent of all of the proceeds from spectrum auctions in the bill to go directly to wireless broadband infrastructure...
Claure: Expect an M&A announcement in ‘near future’ (8/1/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] …[Sprint CEO Marcello] Claure didn’t indicate whether a potential deal would involve a merger with a cable company or a horizontal merger with another carrier, such as T-Mobile. “We’ve been going at this since the (FCC’s) spectrum auction finished. Hopefully, this is going to come to an end in the...
Sinclair and Nexstar take a big step toward the next generation of TV (8/1/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …There are more than 1,000 stations that will move to new channels as a result of the auctions and they have about 39 months to do it. [Jerry Fritz, EVP of strategic and legal affairs] said that Sinclair believes many of the broadcasters getting new transmitters to facilitate the shift will opt...
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile network capex ‘at healthy levels’: Barclays (8/1/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Meanwhile, T-Mobile expects to come in at the high end of its full-year capex guidance range as it begins to deploy service on the 600 MHz airwaves it won during the recent incentive auction. And Verizon recently restated its full-year capex guidance of a range from $16.8 billion to $17.5 billion,...
Sprint’s CEO Expects M&A-Related Announcement ‘Soon’ (8/1/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …”We think an announcement will be coming in the near future,” [Marcello] Claure said, adding that this would likely be a “vertical” or “horizontal” integration with one of the potential partners that Sprint is talking to… “We’ve been going at this since the spectrum auction ended,” Claure said. He did say he...
LU auctions off spectrum rights for TV station for $23.1M (8/1/2017) - [Source: Work It, Lynchburg] Liberty University has added $23.1 million to its coffers after auctioning off spectrum usage rights for WFFP-TV, a television station purchased by LU in 2013 to air athletic events and convocations. Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. said LU purchased the TV station in 2013 for $1 million after it went bankrupt....
TCA17: PBS’ Kerger Takes Threat to Budget ‘Very Seriously’ (8/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Also top of mind for PBS has been the FCC’s spectrum auction, which recently concluded. [President and CEO Paula] Kerger said that as a result a few stations will go off the air but those were in overlapped markets. “We are still mapping to make sure that when the whole repack...
Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce The Opening Of The First Priority Filing Window For Eligible Full Power And Class A Television Stations From August 9 Through September 8, 2017 (7/31/2017) - [Source: FCC] Upon conclusion of the incentive auction (Auction 1000), the Commission initiated a transition period during which the facilities of broadcast television stations that received new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction repacking process will be reauthorized and relicensed.  As directed by the Commission, this transition period includes a first priority filing window available...
Texas Broadcasters Gear Up For 2017 TAB Show (7/31/2017) - [Source: Public] The 2017 TAB Show Aug. 9-10 in Austin is drawing industry leaders… and broadcasters… for a non-stop, two day schedule focused on growing revenue, building digital partnerships, launching Next-Gen TV, and preparing for the spectrum repack – all anchored by a 124 booth trade show featuring the industry’s latest technology. Legislative and regulatory policy,...
Bipartisan Group Of House Members Call On FCC To Pave Way For Rural Broadband Access (7/31/2017) - [Source: Public] A bipartisan coalition of Congressional members… have sent a letter to [the FCC] urging them to make the use of rural broadband through ‘TV White Spaces’ a priority as they begin the process of repacking broadcast stations after the recent broadcast spectrum auction. The letter, drafted by Cramer and co-led by Reps. Cathy McMorris...
Net Neutrality And Smart Pipes: The Game Is Changing For Verizon Wireless, O2 And Others (7/28/2017) - [Source: Forbes] …The carrier space, or rather spectrum race, has been fun to watch this year. T-Mobile with its eccentric CEO John Legere delivered a recent earnings announcement around adding one million customers a quarter for the past 17 quarters. Executives also spoke to lighting up 600 MHz spectrum by August with follow on device support by...
Ericsson, Phazr aiming for 5G demos at Mobile World Congress Americas (7/28/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …[Artemis Networks] will use the white space TV channels 22 and 24—518-524 MHz and 530-536 MHz—to demonstrate a new digital modulation technique that has implications for wireless networks that will use the recently awarded 600 MHz spectrum. The company is using available channels in the 500 MHz band because the 600...
If Comcast buys Verizon, we should all give up and go home (7/27/2017) - [Source: F3News] …both Comcast and Verizon need to work out ways to build out high-speed gigabit connections to households in the next decade, and combining forces would make things much cheaper; Comcast recently bought spectrum licenses in the new 600MHz band, which Verizon could use to build out its network further; and possibly most tellingly,...
Why now with white spaces? (7/27/2017) - [Source: EDN] …Microsoft is petitioning the FCC to set aside at least three channels below 700 MHz in each US market, and is advocating that Federal and state governments set aside matching funds for white space broadband investments… “Below 700 MHz” means in the unlicensed 600 MHz band, where the FCC just auctioned off spectrum....
Apple Granted Permission to Test 5G Internet Speeds (7/27/2017) - [Source: iPhone Hacks] …In the announcements made by both Sprint and T-Mobile regarding their own 5G network plans, both carriers are avoiding [the 28GHz and 39GHz] bands. T-Mobile, for instance, will be testing on the longer-range and lower-frequency 600MHz spectrum. What we see as 5G network technologies in the future will probably be a combination...
Apple has permission to test 5G internet for future iPhones (7/27/2017) - [Source: The Verge] …T-Mobile will be focusing its 5G network (at least in part) on the longer-range and lower-frequency 600MHz spectrum, while Sprint will be looking to launch in the 2.5GHz band. That said, as I am forced to constantly repeat, there still is no formal, agreed-upon 5G standard yet, and it’s possible and even...
FCC’s Heller Explains How Cable Operators Can Go Paperless (7/27/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …[Martha Heller, chief of the FCC’s Media Bureau Policy Division,]  took the time to provide an update on the incentive spectrum auction. Currently, cable operators need to file Form 399 to seek financial reimbursement for cost incurred as a result of modifications to broadcast facilities. Heller spoke as part of a panel...
Senate Bill Would Fully Fund Repack Costs (7/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The Viewer and Listener Protection Act of 2017 introduced by Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is applauded by NAB President Gordon Smith: “This bill addresses the nearly $400 million shortfall in the $1.75 billion repack fund. It also makes clear that no broadcaster will be forced off the air if it makes a good faith...
Comcast (CMCSA) Tops Q2 Earnings and Revenue, Shares Up (7/27/2017) - [Source: Investopedia] …Comcast’s decision to venture into the U.S. wireless space bodes well with its diversified business model. The company acquired 73 licenses of 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum in the Incentive Auction. Comcast’s Cable business is doing well and the NBC Universal segment is also witnessing significant improvement. The company also expanded its theme...
CTIA Proposes Targeted, Common-Sense Reforms To Incentivize Wireless Investment In Key 5G Spectrum Band (7/27/2017) - [Source: Public] …CTIA recommends… the FCC should issue license terms based on larger Partial Economic Areas (PEAs), not Census tracts. A spectrum auction based on 74,000 Census tracts would make it much more difficult for providers to build out wireless networks… The 600 MHz auction proved that PEAs create opportunities for large and small providers alike....
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Boost TV Station Repack Fund (7/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined by a bipartisan quintet of fellow senators have introduced a bill to provide additional funds if the $1.75 post-incentive auction TV station repack fund is not sufficient. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told Congress this week that the FCC was pretty sure the $1.75 billion would fall...
Sen. Moran Introduces the Viewer and Listener Protection Act of 2017 (7/26/2017) - [Source: Senator Jerry Moran] …In April as a result of their most recent spectrum incentive auction, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued public notice of proposed channel reassignments, commonly referred to as “repack,” for nearly 1,000 television stations and additional radio stations nationwide. The current Television Broadcaster Relocation Fund has an authorized $1.75 billion to...
App Group Defends Rural ‘White Spaces’ Reservation (7/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] App developers are pushing back on broadcasters’ arguments that reserving a channel of unlicensed spectrum in the post-incentive auction broadcast band repack threatens broadcast services important to farmers and rural America. ACT–The App Association, representing app developers, has cast its lot with Microsoft, which is proposing that the FCC reserve a...
Net Neutrality Headlines FCC Oversight and Reauthorization Hearing (7/25/2017) - [Source: Benton Foundation] …Chairman [Ajit] Pai warned the subcommittee that unless Congress authorizes more money, broadcasters will have to pay some portion of their post-incentive auction repack expenses. FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly testified that it may be a little early to declare the $1.75 billion post-auction repack fund insufficient. Chairman Pai said that if the...
Ajit Pai Promises Action on Smaller Spectrum Winners (7/25/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC chairman Ajit Pai said they are working as fast as they can to vet and potentially approve the license transfers of smaller spectrum winners in the forward auction, which are mostly the ones that got bidding credits as small businesses or rural providers. The chairman told Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) at...
FCC Faces Oversight And Reauthorization Hearing In House (7/25/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] …[FCC Chairmain Ajit] PAI’s opening remarks included a rundown of agency activity and an appeal for additional funding for stations affected by the television repack; CLYBURN concentrated on preserving Net Neutrality and complained about the majority’s move to undo the rules (“we need to hit the pause button”) and efforts to...
Even With ‘Review and Scrub,’ More For Repack Reimbursement Likely (7/25/2017) - [Source: Radio & Television Business Report] The Commission is in the early stages of “repacking” broadcasters that either didn’t participate or weren’t selected in the recently concluded “Auction 1000,” the spectrum auction that will see some stations sign off the air while others — including WNBC-TV in New York — relinquish their broadcast facilities by entering channel-sharing agreements...
Interview with Sasha Javid, Chief Data Officer, FCC (7/25/2017) - [Source: Global Big Data Conference] The Incentive Auction Task Force was assigned the responsibility of implementing the first-in-the-world two-way spectrum auction.  The goal of this so called “incentive auction” was to repurpose a portion of the broadcast television spectrum (i.e., the 600 MHz band) for mobile broadband to support the exploding growth of mobile traffic....
FCC’s Pai Backs White Spaces Broadband, If Doable (7/25/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC chairman Ajit Pai said if the facts warrant and the law allows it, the FCC will be aggressive about freeing up TV band white spaces for rural broadband. That came at an FCC reauthorization hearing in the House Communications Subcommittee. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said that rural broadband is being left...
No Magic Formula For Ch. Sharing Amounts (7/25/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] As the checks come from the FCC to the successful reverse auction television stations start coming, the clock starts ticking for many of these stations to conclude their channel sharing negotiations. Many of the potential hosts are searching for the “right price” to charge these stations. Unfortunately, there is no one right price,...
O’Rielly: Declaring Repack Fund Insufficient May Be Premature (7/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly is telling Congress that it may be a little earlier to declare the $1.75 billion post-auction repack fund insufficient, broadcasters, including affected FM’s, should be held harmless in the repack. FM stations are not now eligible for payments, which he called a potential oversight of the legislation...
FCC’s Pai: TV Repack Price Estimate Has Increased (7/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is telling Congress that unless it comes up with more money, broadcasters will have to pay some portion of their post-incentive auction repack expenses. That came in prepared testimony for an FCC reauthorization hearing in the House Communications Subcommittee scheduled for Tuesday, July 25. Pai says that...
Entravision buys 2 Palm Springs stations from OTA Broadcasting (7/24/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Entravision plans to fund the deal with proceeds from the FCC broadcast incentive auction. The company expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter of 2017. “Palm Springs is a growing and vibrant market that we know very well and have served for more than 20 years. Our existing television...
FCC Sending Repack Payments to Broadcasters (7/24/2017) - [Source: CED Magazine] The FCC is ready to pay up to broadcasters as the repacking transition begins. The Commission has directed the U.S. Treasury to disburse payments to winning bidders of the reverse auction that ended April 13 that have provided sufficient banking information. Payments are anticipated to come quickly, with the FCC directing distributions...
Agri Groups Challenge Microsoft Spectrum Push (7/24/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] Groups representing cattlemen, wheat growers, women in farming and state agriculture departments are all pushing back on Microsoft’s proposal for reserved TV spectrum channels for unlicensed use, saying broadcasting is a vital rural connection. Nine agri groups made their case against the the Microsoft plan in a letter to FCC chair Ajit Pai, who has made rural...
Rural Groups Challenge Microsoft’s Spectrum Push (7/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The agriculture groups, which include the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture… point out that having to move almost a thousand TV stations in the post incentive auction repack would be complication enough without having to find new homes for TV translators and low-power stations, which are often the only...
5 key takeaways from the T-Mobile US 2Q call (7/24/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Legere echoed T-Mobile US plans from earlier this year to begin using its newly won 600 MHz spectrum as quickly as possible. The carrier expects that spectrum covering more than 1.2 million square miles will be clear and ready to use yet this year, “with actual deployments in many areas by...
Qualcomm lobbies for 5G spectrum, sets foundation with Gigabit LTE (7/24/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Meanwhile, Qualcomm is doing what it can to get spectrum in the pipeline—like 600 MHz—put to good use as soon as possible. The 600 MHz auction wrapped in April and many observers assumed it would take a while—maybe even years—to get it cleared of broadcasters. But T-Mobile, the biggest bidder, expects to...
FCC to Congress: Show Broadcasters The Money (7/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Broadcasters came just short of saying “I told you so” last week after FCC chairman Ajit Pai conceded that Congress’ $1.75 billion fund to compensate broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors for their post-spectrum auction move was unlikely to be enough. The broadcasters’ initial estimate of the cost of the move...
Qualcomm SVP: New spectrum ‘crucial’ to 5G success (7/24/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …While major operators–Verizon and AT&T–are focusing pre-standard 5G trial work… that contemplates delivery of fixed wireless access over millimeter waves, T-Mobile U.S… has announced plans for nationwide mobile 5G using it’s significant 600 MHz holdings. Brenner calls the 600 MHz frequencies “prime, low-band spectrum that will bring greater capacity and improved coverage...
Mobile US raises outlook again after solid Q2 (7/21/2017) - [Source: Cinema Blaze] …T-Mobile, the little magenta phone company that could, isn’t so little any more. The company confirmed the roll-out of 600 MHz spectrum had started and the first sites should go live in August. You can’t get enough of T-Mobile. In terms of infrastructure, the carrier said that its 700 MHz deployment is...
OTA Sells KMIR, KPSE in Palm Springs for $21 Million (7/21/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …Entravision is funding the purchase with auction proceeds. Entravision sold four TV stations at auction, according to FCC’s April 4, 2017, winning bid list. WVUN in Hartford, Conn.; KSMS in Monterey, Calif.; WJAL and WMDO-CD in Washington, D.C., were sold for a total of $ 263,592,981. Entravision indicated it had channel-sharing agreements...
Entravision Buying Pair of OTA Stations in Palm Springs (7/21/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The price is estimated at 6.5 times blended cash flow. Entravision will use proceeds from the broadcast incentive auction—it got $264 million—for the purchase. The FCC this week began paying winning TV station forward auction bidders, so Entravision should have the money in hand by next week. Entravision said it expects...
Entravision Buying 2 Palm Springs Stations (7/21/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] It’s paying OTA Broadcasting $21 million for NBC affiliate KMIR and MNT affil KPSE-LD. Spectrum speculator OTA bought the two from Journal in 2014 for $17 million. Entravision Communications Corp. today said it has an agreement with spectrum speculator OTA Broadcasting to pay $21 million for NBC affiliate KMIR and MyNetworkTV affiliate KPSE-LD,...
Show Me the Money: Broadcaster Auction Payments Coming in Next Few Days (7/21/2017) - [Source: CommLawCenter] According to a newly-released Public Notice, the FCC has directed the U.S. Department of Treasury to pay all broadcasters who had winning bids in the recently concluded spectrum incentive auction.  The only exceptions are those broadcasters that failed to submit sufficient banking information to the Commission for payment to be made.  Since the FCC does not...
T-Mobile’s Small Cell, 600 MHz Deployments Tells a 5G Story (7/21/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] …In addition to prepping its small cells for millimeter wave 5G, [CTO Neville] Ray said T-Mobile is using its 600 MHz deployment as an opportunity to deploy 5GNR-capable radios. Those radios will be able to be updated to 3GPP 5G standards via software upgrades down the line, he added. “This is another...
FCC Starts Paying TV Station Auction Winners (7/20/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is finally ready to show broadcasters the money for giving up spectrum for wireless broadband. The FCC has directed the U.S. Department of the Treasury to pay winning reverse auction TV station bidders whose banking info is in order, which is all but one station according to the FCC’s list...
Discussing 5G Spectrum on Capitol Hill (7/20/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …Congressman [Brett Guthrie (R-KY)] and Congresswoman [Doris Matsui (D-CA)] are leaders in [spectrum policy], most recently co-authoring H.R. 1888, the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act, a bill that would provide incentives for US government agencies to consolidate their use of spectrum so that more spectrum can be freed up for commercial mobile broadband....
FCC Starts Paying TV Station Auction Winners (7/20/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is finally ready to show broadcasters the money for giving up spectrum for wireless broadband. The FCC has directed the U.S. Department of the Treasury to pay winning reverse auction TV station bidders whose banking info is in order, which is all but one station according to the FCC’s...
Sinclair And Nexstar Vow To Share Spectrum To Help Next-Gen TV Transition (7/20/2017) - [Source: Deadline] Sinclair Broadcast Group and Nexstar Media Group… say that the transition has been “complicated” by the FCC’s recent spectrum auction. Stations agreed to let the government sell some of the airwaves they had used to wireless broadband providers. That why coordination between competing stations is “critical to ensuring that a transition to the...
FCC Directs Treasury to Pay Reverse Auction Bidders (7/20/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The FCC today announced it is ready to pay winners in the reverse auction to clear 600 MHz spectrum. According to a public notice issued by the agency this afternoon, commission staff has directed the U.S. Treasury to make payments to the stations. Those stations are the auction winners that have provided the...
Sinclair, Nexstar Team on ATSC 3.0 Launch in 97 Markets (7/20/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …The agreements between Sinclair and Nexstar will provide that the companies share their spectrum within their markets… The FCC’s recent broadcast spectrum auction and mandated repack of remaining broadcast television stations has complicated the process of transitioning to the new technology by eliminating much of the spectrum that was dedicated to free...
T-Mobile CTO has ‘huge interest’ in 3.5 GHz (7/20/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …T-Mobile has been burning the midnight oil on the 600 MHz front as well. Thanks in part to some early preparations the operator made on 600 MHz, it expects spectrum covering more than 1.2 million square miles to be clear in 2017, with actual deployments in many areas by year-end. Several...
Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus Announce the Commission is Ready to Pay Reverse Auction Winning Bids (7/20/2017) - [Source: FCC] By this Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus of the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) identify each station subject to a winning reverse auction bid in the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction for which an incentive payment is ready to be paid. Commission staff has directed...
Nexstar, Sinclair Agree to Share Spectrum During ATSC 3.0 Transition (7/20/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The consortium said that kind of coordination is “critical to ensuring that a transition to the upgraded technology can occur.” The FCC’s recent spectrum auction and repack has “complicated the process” of transitioning to ATSC 3.0 by eliminating spectrum that had been dedicated to over-the-air television, they said.
Sinclair, Nexstar Set 3.0 Transition Agreement (7/20/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …In preparation for the approval of ATSC 3.0 by the FCC as well as the implementation of national television station repacking, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Nexstar Media Group said today they have reached a tentative agreement on principles to coordinate the transition of the over-the-air delivery of ATSC 3.0 next-gen television services in...
T-Mobile: A Dividend on the Horizon, M&A Talk Fades a Bit (7/20/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] …Raymond James‘s  Ric Prentiss  reiterates an Outperform rating, wringing that having paid off what it owed the government for the 600 MHz spectrum leased at auction, “T-Mobile has started discussing the possibility of paying a very small (but growing) dividend to show confidence in the cash flows and attract a new class of...
Sennheiser Applauds FCC Decision to Revise Wireless Audio Spectrum (7/20/2017) - [Source: Commercial Integrator] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has recently ratified a Wireless Audio Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the use of the frequency spectrum that will impact all wireless microphone users. The Order on Reconsideration ensures that wireless audio applications will continue to flourish now and in the future,...
Rep. Pallone Proposes $1B Boost to Auction Repack Fund (7/20/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The Viewer Protection Act would establish a $1 billion “emergency fund” if needed and fund a $90 million viewer outreach effort, given that most of a thousand stations are moving channels—some likely twice—in a 10-phase transition. Any money left over could be used to help low-power stations (including translators), who are...
Pallone Proposes $1B Boost to Repack Fund (7/20/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), who has long pushed Congress to hold viewers harmless in the post incentive auction repack, has introduced a bill to make sure the moving expenses of TV stations (and affected FM stations and MVPDs) are covered, given the initial broadcaster estimates of $2.1 billion in expenses and Congress’...
NAB: Microsoft is Playing Spectrum Bait & Switch (7/20/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The spectrum turf war between broadcasters and Microsoft continued apace this week, with the National Association of Broadcasters telling the FCC the computer giant was playing a game of “white spaces” bait and switch. Microsoft has pitched the FCC on reserving more channels for unlicensed devices in the broadcast band as part...
NAB Statement on Introduction of Viewer Protection Act (7/20/2017) - [Source: NAB] In response to the introduction of the Viewer Protection Act by House Energy & Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and 10 cosponsors, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith: “As FCC Chairman Pai made clear during yesterday’s hearing, the Commission’s $1.75 billion fund is simply...
T-Mobile US keeps cranking, makes enterprise inroads (7/20/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …[T-Mobile] said that it will turn on its first 600 MHz sites in August and that it expects spectrum covering more than 1.2 million square miles to be cleared this year so that it can deploy. The company also added that it has 3,000 new stores planned for this year, with 1,000...
Pallone Bill Would Boost Repack Fund (7/20/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Today, Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) introduced the Viewer Protection Act... Introduction of the bill comes after the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force announced last week that broadcasters have requested $2.1 billion — significantly more than the $1.75 billion set aside — to cover costs related to the auction. “The FCC’s incentive auction...
T-Mobile blows away Wall Street with its Q2 results (7/20/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] …T-Mobile has also completed its deployment of low frequency 700MHz spectrum, which now covers 271 million people in 575 million markets. It expects to have 600MHz spectrum up and running in certain areas as soon as this August. So far in 2017, the carrier has added 1,000 new T-Mobile and 1,100 MetroPCS...
T-Mobile promises a stronger LTE network as it continues to trounce rivals in net additions (7/20/2017) - [Source: Android Central] …As part of the company’s Q2 earning results, T-Mobile said that it will light up its first 600MHz sites in August, well ahead of schedule. Low-frequency spectrum such as that is useful for penetrating thick walls and basements and counteracting the tall buildings and high density of large cities, while also traveling...
Mobile quarterly results top estimates as subscribers grow (7/19/2017) - [Source: Prensario Retail] …[T-Mobile] plans to begin deploying services on the 600 MHz airwaves it won during the FCC’s recent incentive auction in the next several weeks. The heightened pressure has resulted in more deals for consumers, including Sprint offering a year of service for free (excluding taxes and fees), and its prepaid arm Virgin...
T-Mobile adds 786K net postpaid phone subcribers in Q2, ‘continues to fire on all cylinders’ (7/19/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …[T-Mobile]  said its deployment of 700 MHz spectrum is “essentially complete,” having gone live in 575 markets and covering 271 million POPs, and it plans to begin deploying services on the 600 MHz airwaves it won during the FCC’s recent incentive auction in the next several weeks. The carrier plans to...
T-Mobile’s 2Q results crush analysts’ expectations (7/19/2017) - [Source: The Seattle Times] …T-Mobile bid nearly $8 billion for access to airwaves to expand and strengthen its mobile network. The company Wednesday announced plans to launch the first piece of its newly acquired network spectrum in August. The company has no plans to slow its efforts to add new customers. In fact, it plans...
T-Mobile adds another 1.3 million customers in Q2 2017 (7/19/2017) - [Source: Phone Dog] …T-Mo is also planning to use some of its 600MHz spectrum for a 5G network. That’s a bit further off, though, with plans to begin deploying 5G coverage in the 2019/2020 timeframe. One other notable announcement made by T-Mobile today relates to its stores. Last week, T-Mobile opened its 1,000th new store...
NAB Objects To Microsoft Spectrum Request (7/19/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The association tells the FCC that “Microsoft is asking the commission to grant it spectrum for free, with no buildout requirements or service requirements of any kind — substantially better terms than winning auction bidders received.” NAB has told the FCC that a Microsoft proposal that it be guaranteed access to 18 MHz...
T-Mobile Says 600 MHz Service Kicks Off In August (7/19/2017) - [Source: Phone Scoop] T-Mobile today said it plans to begin offering service through its 600 MHz spectrum next month. The company revealed the news in its second quarter earnings statement. T-Mobile claims it will have 10 MHz of 600 MHz spectrum with LTE service blanketing 1.2 million square miles by the end of the year,...
What’s Next for TV Stations Repacked as a Result of the Incentive Auction? – Recent Flurry of FCC Announcements (7/19/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] As the repacking of the TV band proceeds after the Incentive Auction, the FCC has issued some guidance as to what comes next for TV stations. Obviously, in the near future, TV stations that agreed to surrender their spectrum in the auction will get notice from the FCC to expect their payments from the...
Sen. Nelson, Carr, Spar Over Independence From Pai (7/19/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …Most of the [Senate Commerce Committee’s] questions were leveled at Pai, including on independence from the White House–he pledged it; keeping the committee apprised of the incentive auction repack process–he promised to do so, as well as making some news by confirming that the FCC does not think the $1.75 billion repack...
FCC Approves More Incentive Auction License Transfers (7/19/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has approved the license applications of 15 more winning bidders in the FCC’s broadcast incentive forward auction. Those are wireless operators, in this instance mostly smaller ones, whose applications were complete, who had paid their bids in full, and for which no petitions to deny the transfers were filed,...
FCC’s Pai: $1.75B Won’t Be Enough TV Repack Funding (7/19/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to agree with broadcasters that Congress’ proposal of $1.75 billion for post-incentive auction repack relocation fees will not be enough. Broadcasters released an estimate of $2.1 billion for relocation fees last Friday; Pai says that estimates could still go up or down from that number, but Congress...
Incentive Auction Task Force and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Grant 600 MHz Licenses (7/19/2017) - [Source: FCC] On April 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) completed the auction for new 600 MHz licenses. This auction, which was designated Auction 1002, raised (in net bids) a total of $19,318,157,706, with 50 bidders placing winning bids for a total of 2776 licenses. Some of the FCC long-form applications (FCC Form 601)...
LG V30 and Galaxy Note 8 could offer better signal reception, thanks to possible low-frequency support (7/19/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] Earlier this year, T-Mobile quadrupled its low-frequency spectrum by acquiring a large portion of the 600MHz spectrum in the US. By the end of the year, the carrier is expected to have upwards of 1 million square miles of coverage in the 600MHz range. Lower frequency signals, such as the 600MHz one,...
FCC’s Pai: $1.75B Won’t Be Enough TV Repack Funding (7/19/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC chairman Ajit Pai told the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday that while the initial $2.1 billion estimate from broadcasters for covering their moving costs could go up or down, the FCC does not think that the $1.75 billion Congress set-aside for the post-incentive auction repack will be sufficient. He said that while the estimates...
SynAudCon Training Event to Focus on UHF Spectrum Repack (7/18/2017) - [Source: Stage Directions] …“We have already announced that T-Mobile will begin testing equipment in their newly acquired 600 MHz spectrum this year,” [SynAudConCTO James] Stoffo added. “The UHF television repack will be taking place over the next three years, and we are in ‘Phase Zero’ of that process,” Stoffo added. “The next three-years will present...
Another bid to close the rural digital divide (7/18/2017) - [Source: GCN] …Microsoft’s TV white space announcement also comes just under four months after the FCC conducted an incentive auction to sell off spectrum in the 600 MHz band for flexible use. In April, the FCC began a 39-month process to transition some TV stations to new channel assignments. “After the incentive auction, all of...
Five Reasons Why Keeping The Incentive Auction Transition Timeline Matters (7/18/2017) - [Source: Public / CTIA] In April, the FCC completed the world’s first incentive auction, repurposing broadcast TV spectrum in the 600 MHz band for mobile broadband. This auction raised nearly $20 billion-the second-most revenue in a FCC auction ever-including over $7 billion for deficit reduction. Now, those operators that spent billions are ready to deliver...
Optimistic Outlook On Multicast’s Prospects (7/18/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …diginets are relieved that the FCC’s incentive auction and ongoing repack of the TV band isn’t affecting their station carriage deals to any significant extent. Concerns about the auction’s impact was a big reason why new diginet launches ground to a halt last year. Only 175 TV stations sold their UHF spectrum in...
ATBA Expresses Muted Praise for T-Mobile’s LPTV Move (7/18/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance says it is encouraged by T-Mobile’s offer to pay for the moves of some LPTV stations and translators in the post-incentive auction repack but suggests that is cold comfort for stations that were sacrificed to the incentive auction. “T-Mobile and others spent millions to lobby Congress...
Twitter Tidbits: T-Mobile’s Neville Ray Talks 600 MHz, LTE-U/LAA (7/18/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] …Ray said T-Mobile is moving straight into its 600 MHz deployments, with initial site launches starting as soon as next month. More on T-Mobile’s 600 MHz plans here and here. Ray revealed LG will join Samsung as one of the first vendors to launch a 600 MHz phone. Devices from those two...
FCC Clarifies New RF Microphone Rules (7/18/2017) - [Source: ProSoundNetwork] The Federal Communications Commission has revised and clarified its rules to promote more effective spectrum access for wireless microphone operations in the TV bands, the repurposed 600 MHz band and other frequency bands. The Commission also proposed to address the wireless microphone needs of certain small professional theater, music, performing arts and similar...
G V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 expected to work on T-Mobile’s 600MHz LTE (7/17/2017) - [Source: GSM Arena] In addition to touting its latest Speed Test results, T-Mobile’s CTO, @NevilleRay tweeted a number of graphs and maps showing the carrier’s progress over the past several months, as well as it’s LTE availability, reachability, and speeds. I love this GIF. We’ll be deploying 600 MHz so fast that we’re condensing a...
LG and Samsung are already making phones compatible with T-Mobile’s new network (7/17/2017) - [Source: BGR] Earlier this year, T-Mobile spent superyacht money on new spectrum licenses. For a cool $8 billion, T-Mobile got the right to use 600MHz spectrum all across the country, which should do wonders for making T-Mobile’s network broader and more reliable (although potentially not much faster). But one problem with rolling out new wireless spectrum is...
FCC Estimates $2.1B In Repack Costs After Incentive Auction (7/17/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced a preliminary cost estimate of $2.1 billion associated with new channel assignments resulting from the incentive action aimed at clearing a chunk of spectrum for wireless use, which concluded earlier this year and raised a total of $19.8 billion. The FCC’s approximation drew a sharp response,...
T-Mobile To Help LPTVs Make Repack Moves (7/17/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] T-Mobile says it is offering to pay moving costs for low-power stations “that operate on a secondary basis and are unable to obtain a permanent channel in time to accommodate T-Mobile’s rapid deployment of broadband service in the 600 MHz band.” On the heels of news last month that T-Mobile would cover the...
T-Mobile is the fastest LTE network in the U.S. for 14th straight quarter; Verizon now 3rd (7/17/2017) - [Source: PhoneArena] …T-Mobile’s CTO notes that the company has finished rolling out its 700MHz Extended Range LTE and the 600MHz spectrum that it won during the FCC’s recent auction. T-Mobile is expediting the process of adding these low frequency airwaves to its network. At low frequencies, these airwaves travel farther and penetrate buildings easier. Last...
T-Mobile to Pay for Some LPTV Repack Moves (7/17/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] T-Mobile has volunteered to pay for affected low-power stations to move to temporary channels in order to clear broadcast spectrum as quickly and equitably as possible following the incentive auction. That came in a voluntary proposal for a Supplemental Reimbursement Program submitted to the FCC Monday, a step LPTVs saw as a...
Broadcasters Ask FCC for $2.1B in Repack Reimbursements in Initial Estimates (7/17/2017) - [Source: CED Magazine] The tally is in, and the number is $2,115,328,744.33. That’s how much eligible TV stations and multichannel video programming distributors have told the FCC it will cost to relocate to their new channel assignments in the wake of the Commission’s recent spectrum incentive auction. The figure is a compilation of initial reimbursement...
FCC’s channel repack estimate eclipses available funds by $365M (7/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] The FCC’s initial estimates for the cost of the channel repack following the incentive auctions has well exceeded the $1.75 billion allocated for the process. Jean Kiddoo, chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, on Friday released numbers for TV stations and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) eligible for reimbursement,...
Microsoft: Use local template for rural internet across U.S. (7/17/2017) - [Source: SoVaNow] …National broadcast groups quickly fired back at Microsoft for overselling its plans, and industry reps further noted that Microsoft declined to take part in a federal auction of unused spectrum which it now wants to tap. The National Association of Broadcasters said it was the “height of arrogance” for Microsoft to “demand free,...
What’s Next For 600 MHz In The U.S.? (7/17/2017) - [Source: Public] After about 10 months, and four stages of forward and reverse auctions, the 600 MHz incentive auction concluded on February 10, 2017 with the block assignment phase wrapping up on March 30. Once the dust settled, the final band plan ended with 70 MHz of spectrum divided among 50 wireless licensees for a...
FCC eyes midband spectrum between 3.7 and 24 GHz (7/14/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …[The FCC is] also soliciting comments on whether auctions or incentive auctions like those that just closed for 600 MHz could be used to increase the availability of spectrum in the bands within the 3.7 to 24 GHz range. The FCC will consider the midband spectrum item at its August 3 open...
FCC Says Repack Will Cost $2.1 Billion (7/14/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] TV broadcasters and MVPDs  say they will incur repack-related expenses of  $2.1 billion, according to a primary tally released this afternoon by the FCC. “Based on information we have received as of 7 a.m. today, the aggregate amount of the estimated costs reported by reimbursement-eligible entities is $2,115,328,744.33,” said Jean Kiddoo, chair of...
Sennheiser Applauds FCC Ruling on Use of Frequency Spectrum (7/14/2017) - [Source: audioXpress] …Sennheiser filed a Petition of Reconsideration with the FCC in December of 2015… timed to coincide with the upcoming incentive auction and reallocation of the 600 MHz frequency spectrum. Sennheiser’s filing elucidated practical concerns for manufacturers and users of wireless microphones in day-to-day applications as well as proposing potential solutions. The FCC studied...
Statement of Commissioner Michael O’Rielly on Cost Estimates for Incentive Auction Repack (7/14/2017) - [Source: FCC] “I understand the broadcast and MVPD industry cost data is mostly submitted. While Commission staff will need some time to analyze the particular submissions, if it turns out that legitimate expenses exceed the statutory limit, which is not unreasonable to assume at this time, I have always said that I would be the...
NAB Statement on Preliminary Estimate of Repack Costs (7/14/2017) - [Source: NAB] …NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith: “Congress’s passage of the voluntary broadcast TV incentive auction legislation was premised on a promise that no TV station would be punished for not participating in the auction. Today’s release of total estimated costs for the ‘TV repack’ shows a shortfall of over $365 million in available...
FCC: Broadcasters’ Initial Repack Cost Estimate Is $2.1 Billion (7/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC said Friday that—based on the estimates it has received on the 900-plus TV stations moving in the post-incentive auction repack—the aggregate total request for reimbursement is $2,115,328,744.33, with still some more MVPDs and a handful of stations to weigh in. The deadline for those estimates was July 12. Congress has given...
Broadcasters, Cable Ops Turn in $2.1 Billion for Reimbursement (7/14/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] So far, the tally for repacking broadcasters has come to more than $2.1 billion, exceeding the $1.75 billion set aside by Congress to reimburse qualifying TV providers displaced by the TV spectrum incentive auction. Estimates of these moving costs, including those incurred by cable operators to accommodate the channel moves, were due...
Incentive Auction Task Force Announces Preliminary Reimbursable Cost Estimate For The Post-Auction Broadcast Transition (7/14/2017) - [Source: FCC] This week, TV stations and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) eligible for reimbursement of costs associated with new channel assignments resulting from the incentive auction submitted their initial cost estimates. Jean Kiddoo, Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, issued the following statement: “Based on information we have received as of 7:00...
Microsoft Launches Rural Broadband Plan, But Critics Call ‘Nonsense’ (7/14/2017) - [Source: Redmond Channel Partner] Microsoft’s recently unveiled plan to expand rural broadband access in the United States using white space has been criticized by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) as being “the height of arrogance.” Microsoft is essentially proposing a combined technical approach, plus federal and state investment funding. Some of the money would...
T-Mobile completes NB-IoT trial across Las Vegas (7/13/2017) - [Source: ZDNet] …T-Mobile also recently announced plans to roll out a nationwide 5G network in 2019 using the 600MHz spectrum band it purchased for $8 billion from the Federal Communications Commission, with full coverage across the US expected by 2020. “First, we are going to dedicate part of the new 600MHz spectrum we just won...
Microsoft’s Rural Broadband Effort Called ‘Nonsense’ by NAB (7/13/2017) - [Source: Redmond Magazine] Microsoft this week offered a proposal to jumpstart rural broadband access in the United States, but the plan was immediately condemned by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). In essence, Microsoft is proposing a combined technical approach, plus federal and state investment funding. Some of the money would come from the Federal...
Microsoft Wants To Fix Rural America’s Internet Issues (7/13/2017) - [Source: Sinema Blaze] …”It’s the height of arrogance for Microsoft-a $540 billion company-to demand free, unlicensed spectrum after refusing to bid on broadcast TV airwaves in the recent FCC incentive auction“, said Dennis Wharton, NAB’s executive vice president of communications, said in a terse statement.
FCC Gets Repack Cost Estimates (7/13/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …There should eventually be 957 such TV station filings (the total number moving), but 25 stations got waivers of the July 12 deadline (though some of those may have filed the forms anyway), and there are some stragglers still coming in. For example, WJAR Providence, R.I., estimated its move would cost $3,240,735....
FCC Gets Auction Repack Cost Estimates (7/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC at presstime had so far posted 903 form 399s and counting, which are broadcasters’ applications for construction permits (CPs) to move to new channels in the post-incentive auction repack as well as their initial estimates of how much the move will cost them. The FCC has a $1.75 billion...
ATBA: Microsoft Plan Would Destroy Community TV (7/13/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance said Microsoft’s [white space plan] would “destroy” hundreds of its member LPTV and translator stations. That is because those stations are not protected in the TV station repack. They can get new channels only if there are ones left over after full powers have been accommodated. So the...
Sinclair wants transmitter headroom included in repack reimbursement (7/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Sinclair Broadcast Group is urging the FCC to reimburse for transmitter headroom as broadcasters plan the channel repack process following the incentive auctions. The repack review and approval process began July 12 and Sinclair is concerned there is significant disagreement regarding the reasonable reimbursement eligibility of transmitter headroom, and that not...
RAD’s Jim Stoffo: Read ‘the Fine Print’ on the FCC’s Wireless-Transition Period (7/13/2017) - [Source: Sports Video Group News] The transition period from the end of the 600 MHz-spectrum auction was clearly spelled out as 39 months. Less clear, as many have discovered since the FCC’s incentive auction closed on April 14, is that the transition period is not solely reserved for wireless-microphone users contemplating their options to move...
TVN: Stations’ Repack Expenses To Hit $2B (7/13/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The estimated cost of moving nearly 1,000 TV stations to new channels in the post-auction repack on the TV band will likely reach $2 billion — some $250 million more than the $1.75 billion Congress allocated for all relocation-related expenses, including those of MVPDs, according to a TVNewsCheck examination of roughly half of...
Microsoft, broadcasters go to the mattresses over white space spectrum (7/13/2017) - [Source: S&P Global] …The National Association of Broadcasters, however, argues that if Microsoft wanted to use broadcast spectrum to deliver broadband service, it should have participated in the FCC’s recently concluded 600 MHz auction. All told, the incentive auction repurposed 84 MHz of broadcast spectrum, freeing up 70 MHz of spectrum nationwide for licensed wireless...
Microsoft Eyes TV White Space For Rural Broadband (7/12/2017) - [Source: Sinema Blaze] “It’s the height of arrogance for Microsoft-a $540 billion company-to demand free, unlicensed spectrum after refusing to bid on broadcast TV airwaves in the recent FCC incentive auction“, said Dennis Wharton, NAB’s executive vice president of communications, said in a terse statement. Microsoft already has experience in this area, having kicked off...
Entering the Construction Phase of the Post-Incentive Auction Transition (7/12/2017) - [Source: FCC] Today marks another milestone in the incentive auction transition – the deadline for TV stations that have been assigned a new channel to file for construction permits for their new facilities and to submit their estimated eligible costs for relocation. The cable and satellite companies that carry those relocating stations will also file...
NAB Isn’t Happy About Microsoft’s White Space Broadband Plan (7/12/2017) - [Source: CED Magazine] The National Association of Broadcasters had some sharp words for Microsoft Tuesday following the latter’s announcement of a plan to use TV white space spectrum to close the rural broadband gap. Specifically, Microsoft says it wants to use a hybrid approach that utilizes 600 MHz TV white space and satellite backup to...
Microsoft aiming to bring broadband Internet to millions of rural… (7/12/2017) - [Source: Denver Post / Washington Post] …“We think increasing rural broadband is a good idea but not the way Microsoft is proposing it,” said Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters. “They are making a lot of wild promises. Their white-space idea has been around for over a decade and has...
Microsoft Claims Rural White Spaces Plan Could Cost Less Than $12 Billion (7/11/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] Hours before Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith uttered the first words of his company’s “Rural Airband Initiative” that would use TV white space spectrum, the National Association of Broadcasters denounced his company’s proposal as “the height of arrogance.” Smith unveiled the plan at a Media Institute luncheon in Washington on Tuesday, July...
Microsoft To Use TV ‘White Spaces’ To Extend Net Service (7/11/2017) - [Source: Law360] Microsoft announced Monday it is moving forward with a plan to repurpose gaps between channels on TV-licensed spectrum as a way to extend internet service in rural areas, but at least one industry group says the software giant is just seeking an advantage after it refused to participate in a spectrum auction. Microsoft’s...
Microsoft wants to bring 2 million Americans online by 2022 (7/11/2017) - [Source: Standard-Examiner] …“We think increasing rural broadband is a good idea but not the way Microsoft is proposing it,” said Dennis Wharton, [EVP of NAB]… He also pointed to what he said was Microsoft seeking a free government handout to use the spectrum, rather than bidding for airwaves through the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auction. Microsoft...
NAB’s Wharton Rips Microsoft Spectrum Grab (7/11/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] NAB chief spokesman Dennis Wharton calls Microsoft’s push to permit broadband traffic on vacant TV channels the “height of arrogance” in light of the software giant’s refusal to buy spectrum during the FCC incentive auction. NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton blasted Microsoft’s campaign to permit broadband signals to make unlicensed use of vacant TV...
Fox Rolling Out Local News on WDCA Washington (7/11/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The change [in programming] comes as Fox prepares to move its programming from ch. 20 WDCA to WTTG’s spectrum (it is on ch. 5). Fox sold WDCA’s spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction for $119 million. Stations will have 39 months to give up their spectrum and, as in the case of...
Microsoft wants all of rural America to get high-speed broadband (7/11/2017) - [Source: Ars Technica] …The recent Federal Communications Commission auction that shifted broadcast TV licenses to mobile broadband companies like T-Mobile USA also set aside 14MHz of spectrum for unlicensed use and wireless microphones. Unlicensed spectrum isn’t restricted to any single entity—anyone can use it as long as they comply with certain rules designed to prevent interference with...
NAB Lists Reasons Microsoft’s Vacant Channel Push Is Off Base (7/11/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …NAB referenced a story in B&C last week in firing back Tuesday after the announcement became official. “It’s the height of arrogance for Microsoft—a $540 billion company—to demand free, unlicensed spectrum after refusing to bid on broadcast TV airwaves in the recent FCC incentive auction,” said NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton. “Microsoft’s white space...
NAB Lists Reasons Microsoft Vacant Channel Push is Off Base (7/11/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] Broadcasters were ready to push back on Microsoft’s announced Microsoft’s Rural Airband Initiative, in which it plans to team with telecommunications companies to extend broadband to 2 million more people by 2022. The computer company wants the FCC to set aside a broadcast channel in each market for unlicensed wireless, which it...
Microsoft eyes white spaces for $10B plan to bring broadband to rural users (7/11/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Not everyone is thrilled with Microsoft’s plan to use white spaces, however. The National Association of Broadcasters slammed Microsoft’s proposal, noting the software developer’s decision to sit out the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves, which ended a few months ago. “It’s the height of arrogance for Microsoft—a $540 billion...
Microsoft Funds Fast Internet for Heartland to Bridge Gap (7/11/2017) - [Source: Supersite Windows] …[The National Association of Broadcasters] on Tuesday criticized Microsoft, despite its deep pockets, for not bidding on TV airwaves that were offered in a recent federal spectrum auction.  Designating airwaves for free use as Microsoft suggests would “threaten millions of viewers with loss of lifeline broadcast TV programming,” said Dennis Wharton, a spokesman...
Microsoft uses TV signals to beam the web into rural America (7/11/2017) - [Source: Digital Journal] …Microsoft has also faced staunch opposition from the National Association of Broadcasters, a TV trade group that includes Comcast, CBC, Walt Disney and others. They claim that Microsoft’s plan to designate the airwaves for “free use,” allowing it to use them for Internet access, is “nonsense” and would “threaten millions of viewers”...
Microsoft Unveils Plan to Expand Rural Broadband (7/11/2017) - [Source: CED Magazine] …According to [Microsoft President Brad] Smith, Microsoft’s strategy combines public and private investments with new technologies deployed in unused TV white space in the 600 MHz band. Smith indicates this frequency band is ideal for rural coverage thanks to propagation characteristics that allow it to travel over hills and through buildings and...
Nomination Deadline Approaching for MFM – BCCA’s “People to Watch” in 2018 (7/11/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] “…we can already anticipate many of the developments that will be play a critical role in the success of media companies in the coming year, including the broadcast spectrum repack, advanced advertising, ATSC 3.0 and the market for augmented and virtual reality video programming,” said Mary M. Collins, President & CEO...
NAB Statement on Proposed Use of TV White Spaces By Microsoft for Rural Broadband (7/11/2017) - [Source: NAB] …NAB Executive VP of Communications Dennis Wharton: “It’s the height of arrogance for Microsoft — a $540 billion company — to demand free, unlicensed spectrum after refusing to bid on broadcast TV airwaves in the recent FCC incentive auction. Microsoft’s white space device development has been a well-documented, unmitigated failure. Policymakers should not...
Dish/Amazon Discuss ‘Arrangements’; Analysts Cautious (7/10/2017) - [Source: Response Magazine] …insiders say speculation of a Dish partnership with a carrier is rising because Dish owns a large pile of mid-band airwaves and it has spent $6.2 billion on 486 licenses in the recent incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum. The clock is ticking for Dish to put its airwaves to use one...
A Mid-Band Spectrum Win In The Making (7/10/2017) - [Source: Public / FCC] Anyone who has spent half a minute working on wireless communications issues knows that America’s wireless providers need additional spectrum to expand existing network capacity and/or deploy new technologies (e.g., 5G). [1] Such constraints apply to both licensed and unlicensed spectrum users. While spectrum isn’t necessarily finite, current technical limitations make...
Subchannel: Top 15 Markets by Incentive Auction Take (7/10/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Subchannel Report has created an interactive graph showing the top 15 designated market areas ranked by compensation derived from the TV spectrum incentive auction. No.1 DMA New York topped the charts, with 10 TV stations carrying 29 networks selling for north of $1.4 billion. Two were non-commercial and the rest commercial stations....
Repack, ATSC 3.0, Drones, AM Reboot Hot Tech Sessions At TAB 2017 (7/10/2017) - [Source: Public / Texas Association of Broadcasters] Technology looms large at the 2017 TAB Show as industry experts take deep dives into topics ranging from the looming spectrum repack’s effects on Radio and TV stations to cybersecurity strategies for broadcasters. Sessions on ATSC 3.0, drones, AM revitalization, the future for wireless mics and other hot...
Amazon might partner with Dish to enter U.S. wireless market (7/8/2017) - [Source: Cinema Blaze] Dish Network Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. are reportedly in talks to make some sort of wireless deal. Verizon had been eyeing Dish for years, but didn’t bid on their spectrum in an auction this March because they might not need it. Dish has been buying up spectrum, or radio frequencies that carry...
Microsoft : NAB, Microsoft At Loggerheads Over “White Space” (7/7/2017) - [Source: 4-Traders] Yesterday we reported on the effect that the TV repack will have on potentially hundreds of radio stations. Now, it seems, Microsoft has stuck its foot in the repack door, not endearing itself to the folks at the NAB in the process. Microsoft wants the FCC to reserve a vacant UHF white space...
Chairman Pai’s Response to Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Rep. Welch Regarding Incentive Auction (7/7/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Dear Congressman Welch: Thank you for your letter inquiring about how Vermonters may be impacted by Hearst Television Inc.’s successful bid to relinquish its broadcast license for WNNE in the Incentive Auction. I share your view on the critical nature of local broadcast news. The importance of local stations as a trusted source...
Univision Buys WMGM Philadelphia For $6M (7/7/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Seller LocusPoint bought the fringe (Wildwood, N.J.) independent for $6 million in hopes of selling it in the incentive auction. That didn’t happen so now it’s selling the station for the same price to the Spanish-language network. In 2014, spectrum speculator LocusPoint purchased independent WMGM Wildwood, N.J., on the fringe of the Philadelphia...
Is DISH Network Eyeing Wireless Joint Venture With Amazon? (7/7/2017) - [Source: Amigo Bulls] …As far as the deployment of spectrum is concerned… in the just concluded 600 MHz low band Incentive Auction, [DISH] bought 18 MHz of spectrum spending a little over $6.2 billion and acquired 486 licenses. Therefore a partnership with Amazon will provide the much needed money to install 5G wireless network which will...
Amazon, Dish Network exploring wireless partnership (7/7/2017) - [Source: The Lake Andes Wave] Verizon had been eyeing Dish for years, but didn’t bid on their spectrum in an auction this March because they might not need it. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Dish CEO Charlie Ergan have become friends over the past year or so and have talked about forming a partnership to...
Amazon, Dish discuss wireless partnership (7/7/2017) - [Source: PitchBook] …During the US Federal Communications Commission’s recent wireless spectrum auction, Dish dropped a reported $6.2 billion buying up radio frequencies that carry mobile data; however, it only has until 2021 to put them to use. At a current market cap of roughly $30 billion, the outright acquisition of Dish by Amazon looks unlikely.
678 Stations May Be Affected By TV Repack (7/7/2017) - [Source: RadioInk] That’s according to a new independent study commissioned by the NAB. The study, which you can read HERE, details every radio station that might be affected and exactly which television station might affect them. The stations may need to reduce power, shut down, or operate from an auxiliary facility for work being done...
NAB: 678 FMs May Need To Reduce Power, Shut Down, Or Move To Accommodate TV Channel Repacking (7/6/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] The NAB has run the numbers on how many FM stations will need to coordinate with TV stations being moved in the channel repacking that is the result of the incentive spectrum auction, and has found that 678 FMs may need to reduce power, shut down, or operate from an...
Dish Network May Be Courting Amazon (7/6/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] …Verizon had been eyeing Dish for years, but didn’t bid on their spectrum in an auction this March because they might not need it. According to anonymous sources, Dish approached Amazon about the Internet of Things and a possible deal between Dish and Amazon Prime. Prime members might be able to pay...
NAB Battles Microsoft’s White Spaces Play (7/6/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Microsoft is pushing the FCC to reserve a “white space” channel in every market in the repack of TV stations following the incentive auction, and broadcasters aren’t happy. Last month, Microsoft execs met with commissioner aides and FCC staffers to argue that was important to enable internet access for rural and underserved...
Amazon & Dish Network Consider Web Or Wireless Services Alliance: Report (7/6/2017) - [Source: Deadline] …Wells Fargo Securities’ Marci Ryvicker said in May, when talk of a possible Amazon-Dish alliance surfaced, that it “confirms our view that Charlie [Ergen] had a definitive plan — likely with someone outside the incumbent wireless ecosystem — when he entered the incentive auction” to buy wireless rights. She added that a deal...
Dish discusses mobile partnership with Amazon (7/6/2017) - [Source: Telecompaper] Dish Network and Amazon are in talks on a potential partnership in the mobile market, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal… The pay-TV provider acquired spectrum rights earlier this year and is still exploring options for a network. Both companies declined to comment.
Dish, Amazon again reported to be in wireless talks (7/6/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Dish Network owns a significant chunk of unused spectrum, and in March the company announced plans to build a narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network to meet the FCC’s buildout requirements… Dish spent $6.2 billion to buy licenses during the auction of 600 MHz that wrapped up in April, far exceeding the expectations...
Don’t Lose Sight Of SFN In Deadline Push (7/6/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …it might seem a bit off point to be thinking about [the few authorized U.S. ATSC 1 SFNs] as nearly 1,000 TV stations race to complete their initial construction permit and expense reimbursement forms by the FCC’s July 12 deadline for stations in the TV spectrum repack. However, given the expected overlap in...
NAB Battles Microsoft White Spaces Play (7/6/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Microsoft is pushing the FCC to reserve a “white space” channel in every market in the repack of TV stations following the incentive auction, and broadcasters aren’t happy. Last month, Microsoft execs met with commissioner aides and FCC staffers to argue that was important to enable ‘net access for rural and...
Post-Repack: Key Challenges and Solutions (7/5/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Now that the FCC’s broadcast spectrum, or repack, auction has ended, the hard work begins. The auction presented significant financial opportunities for the many broadcasters who participated, however, there are now a variety of issues that must be addressed. The reality is that we’re currently in the process of essentially rebuilding...
FCC Grants Three Post-Auction Phase Reassignments (7/5/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC has created a website to update TV stations on the latest information and changes in the post-auction TV station repack phase assignments, which includes three changes in the inaugural edition. According to the new site‘s log of changes, three stations have been granted their request to move phases: WTVQ Lexington,...
Cordillera Commits to GatesAir (7/4/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] St. Paul, Minnesota-based TV station group Cordillera Communications has selected GatesAir transmission equipment and services for three of its local stations that must relocate their UHF channels in accordance with the FCC’s spectrum repack transition schedule. The affected Cordillera stations include: WLEX-DT, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, KY, KOAA-DT, the NBC...
Spectrum auction proceeds will back reboot of Native TV network (7/3/2017) - [Source: Current] First Nations Experience, the only TV network in the U.S. dedicated to Native Americans and indigenous peoples, will become one of the beneficiaries of spectrum auction proceeds, provided through its parent station KVCR in San Bernardino, Calif. A channel rebranding and expansion into original production — including news programming — are moving ahead...
FCC Launches Post-Auction Transition Site (7/3/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] On Monday, the Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announced the availability of information on the FCC’s website reflecting updated post-auction transition files available for download. The commission said files will be updated on a rolling basis whenever there is a phase change request granted. Such a change will require modification...
Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Announce New Post-Incentive Auction Transition Data Website (7/3/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] By this Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announce the availability of information on the Commission’s website reflecting updated post-auction transition files available for download (https://data.fcc.gov/download/incentive-auctions/Current_Transition_Files/). The files will be updated on a rolling basis whenever there is a phase change request granted. Such a change will require...
It’s the end of an era: Channel 18 cancels international format that served generations of L.A. immigrants (7/1/2017) - [Source: Los Angeles Time] …Sources at [KSCI], including in management, said they were notified in May about the shutdown and later heard about the station’s involvement in a profitable auction of its spectrum. Jack Song, a Taiwanese immigrant who grew up in Arcadia, said his family’s routine would be to “switch on the TV at...
T-Mobile Calls on FCC to Open 3.5GHz for 5G (6/30/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …T-Mobile US Inc. has already said it plans to deploy 5G on low-band 600MHz beginning in 2019, with high-band millimeter wave (mmWave) in the future. Ray argues that combining 3.5GHz with bands above and below will create 1100MHz of mid-band spectrum “with better coverage characteristics than high-band spectrum, meaning that it can...
How AI Helped the FCC Auction Off $19-Billion Worth of Radio Spectrum (6/30/2017) - [Source: University of British Columbia] Mobile phone carriers scooped up airwaves no longer needed by television broadcasters last March in a $19-billion auction designed by UBC and Stanford University researchers. While airwave auctions are nothing new, this one was so complex and involved so many moving parts that computer science was used to solve the...
New Philly media foundation arises from the ashes of WYBE-TV (6/30/2017) - [Source: Philadelphia Enquirer] …The new foundation’s whopping endowment is coming from the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction, a multiyear undertaking that encouraged stations such as WYBE to relinquish highly desirable channel spectrum so it could be “reallocated for wireless and other services,” Blumenthal said. That purchase “has now closed, though we haven’t received any of...
Mobile first in United States to operate LTE-U network (6/30/2017) - [Source: Junior College] That is something T-Mobile has been working on-just two months ago it acquired the largest chunk of 600MHz spectrum with a $7.99 billion bid, and now T-Mobile is pounding its chest over being the first national wireless provider to make LTE-U available to customers. LTE-U utilizes unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz band...
$19.8 Billion Spectrum Auction Creators Explain Their AI-Driven Process (6/30/2017) - [Source: RF Globalnet] A groundbreaking “incentive auction” by the US Federal Communications Commission to reallocate underutilized radio frequencies held by television broadcasters to wireless broadband providers yielded $19.8 billion in total revenue. Government and industry have been trying to rationalize spectrum use and the latest airwave auction was meant to augment these efforts. Repurposing 84...
KUED Joins Forces with T-Mobile to Preserve Access to Public Television for Rural Utah (6/29/2017) - [Source: KUED] Good news for television viewers in Utah.  Thanks to an agreement announced today between public television and T-Mobile, the network of translators that deliver over-the-air television signals throughout Utah and much of rural America will continue to serve viewers with trusted public television programs, educational programming, news, information, and public safety communications. KUED,...
T-Mobile Pays to Keep PBS on the Air in Rural Areas (6/29/2017) - [Source: PC Magazine] All that wireless spectrum that T-Mobile bought in the Federal Communication Commission’s auction earlier this year means there is little left over for the public television stations that currently broadcast on it. But T-Mobile, which seems to compulsively give away free stuff as its main marketing strategy, will now pay for some...
FCC to Hone Wireless Mic Rules (6/29/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Wireless microphones are teed up for a regulatory update by the Federal Communications Commission at its July open meeting. The document circulated for consideration mainly addresses technical clarifications and post-incentive auction operations for licensed and unlicensed wireless mics across multiple spectrum bands. “At a high level, what’s important, the items in this...
T-Mobile Will Pay To Move Noncom Translators (6/29/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] T-Mobile will cover the expenses of public TV’s low-power translators that have to move following the auction to make way for wireless forward auction winners–T-Mobile was the largest–to move in. Translators were not protected in the post-incentive auction TV station repack. “We’re proud to collaborate with broadcasters across the country as...
Trump’s FCC is going to start moving much faster (6/29/2017) - [Source: The Verge] …“There’s so much to be done on wireless spectrum,” [Common Cause media director Todd] O’Boyle says. “We’ve got a very big broadcast merger in Sinclair and Tribune that the FCC has to review … We just got through the [spectrum] auction pretty recently, so broadcast has to be repacked, spectrum has to...
FCC Chairman Statement on T-Mobile-Public TV Agreement Post Repack (6/29/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement today after PBS and America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) announced an agreement with T-Mobile whereby T-Mobile will provide financial assistance during the post-incentive auction repack to translator stations that extend public television signals into hard-to-reach rural areas: “I commend PBS, APTS, and T-Mobile...
T-Mobile Joins With Public TV In Repack (6/29/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] T-Mobile has committed to covering the costs for local public television low-power facilities that are required to relocate to new broadcasting frequencies following the government’s recent spectrum incentive auction. PBS, in coordination with America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), today announced an agreement with T-Mobile to deliver universal service of both broadcast and wireless...
Rural Broadcasters Get Repacking Help From T-Mobile (6/29/2017) - [Source: CED Magazine] U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile is lending a helping hand to broadcasters, announcing it will cover the cost of repacking for certain television stations in rural areas. T-Mobile says it plans to help keep PBS stations on the air by stepping in to supply relocation funds for rural low-power broadcast facilities not covered by...
NAB Statement on T-Mobile Paying for Relocation of Displaced Public TV Low-Power Facilities (6/29/2017) - [Source: NAB] In response to the announcement that T-Mobile will cover the costs for relocating local public television low-power facilities that are required to move following the incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “We are gratified to see T-Mobile embrace the principle that viewers...
T-Mobile Funds Post-Incentive Auction Repacking For Rural Broadcast Stations (6/29/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] T-Mobile is lending a helping hand to broadcasters, saying it will cover the cost of repacking for certain television stations in rural areas. In a move announced Thursday, the Un-carrier said it plans to help keep PBS stations on the air by stepping in to supply relocation funds for rural low-power broadcast...
Public Television Joins Forces With T-Mobile to Preserve Access to Public Television for Millions in Rural America (6/29/2017) - [Source: PBS] PBS, in coordination with America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), today announced an agreement with T-Mobile to deliver on the promise of universal service of both broadcast and wireless service to millions of Americans living in rural areas. T-Mobile has committed to covering the costs for local public television low-power facilities that are required...
1 Big Winner in the Unlimited Mobile Data Bonanza (6/28/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] …The biggest risk to Crown Castle is consolidation in the wireless industry… One factor offsetting the risk is the potential for a new entrant in the market. Comcast, for example, just launched its own wireless service, capitalizing on a deal with Verizon. It also bought some wireless spectrum at auction earlier this year,...
Analyst Angle: 5G fixed wireless access for wireless fiber broadband in U.S. urban markets (6/27/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …T-Mobile USA recently announced plans to begin rolling out a 5G network in 2019, using the 600 MHz spectrum acquired for $8 billion in the recent FCC auction. The FCC recently completed the 600 MHz auction, but cannot release this low-band spectrum to operators until the remaining broadcast spectrum is repacked,...
5G Future: Amid 4G price wars, US wireless forges (6/27/2017) - [Source: S&P Global] …It’s not surprising that building 5G networks will cost billions of dollars. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have all spent heavily to acquire additional spectrum in recent months, ranging from the low-band spectrum purchased through the FCC’s 600 MHz auction to the high-band millimeter wave spectrum from AT&T’s purchase of FiberTower Corp. and...
Early Ignition: New Spectrum Users Light Up 600-MHz, Take Wireless Mic Users by Surprise (6/27/2017) - [Source: Sports Video Group] A recent article in online publication TVNewsCheck raised an alarm about the actual amount of time that wireless microphone systems users will have to get out of the way of the recently concluded FCC spectrum reallocation. The article discussed how users of unprotected channels, regardless of their primary or secondary broadcast...
Is a Sprint Corp (S) and T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS) Merger Off the Table? (6/27/2017) - [Source: Investor Place] …It was no secret that Sprint and T-Mobile would make a for formidable duo… However, because of the recent spectrum auction the federal government held, any merger talks between participating companies had to put on hold for almost a year. Because spectrum is an important component to wireless companies, both S and T-Mobile were...
Sprint, cable wireless talks scramble deal outlook (6/27/2017) - [Source: Salem Radio Network News / Reuters] Sprint Corp’s talks with Charter Communications Inc and Comcast Corp about a wireless partnership added another layer of uncertainty to the outlook for potential deals in the cable and telecommunications sector… There has been widespread speculation that the end of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s latest spectrum auction...
T-Mobile Launches Blazing Fast LTE-U Across Six U.S. Cities (6/27/2017) - [Source: Hot Hardware] …just two months ago [T-Mobile] acquired the largest chunk of 600MHz spectrum with a $7.99 billion bid, and now T-Mobile is pounding its chest over being the first national wireless provider to make LTE-U available to customers.LTE-U, or LTE-Unlicensed, is essentially a faster version of 4G LTE. It uses publicly available 5GHz...
Charter, Comcast Eye Sprint Tie-Up – Report (6/27/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Comcast and Charter are in exclusive talks with Sprint to create a deal that would give the cable companies access to Sprint’s mobile network. …In addition to Comcast’s far-reaching wireline cable network, and a significant WiFi footprint, the company also recently bought $1.7 billion of...
Cordillera Goes With GatesAir For Three Repack Shifts (6/26/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] Twin Cities-based Cordillera Communications is putting the wheels in motion on the broadcast spectrum move of no less than three UHF stations—a move predicated by the completion of the FCC’s spectrum auction. Stations in Kentucky, Colorado and Montana are impacted, and brought in to assist with the channel shift...
Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly Before CITEL PCC.II Delegation (6/26/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] “…We’ve recently completed the world’s first voluntary incentive auction, making the 600 MHz frequency band available for mobile broadband use, while still ensuring a vibrant broadcasting community… We applaud the leadership of our counterparts in Mexico and Canada at the ITU and encourage other administrations to consider 600 MHz as they seek additional...
How AI helped auction off $19 billion worth of radio spectrum (6/26/2017) - [Source: Phys.org] Mobile phone carriers scooped up airwaves no longer needed by television broadcasters last March in a $19-billion auction designed by UBC and Stanford University researchers. While airwave auctions are nothing new, this one was so complex and involved so many moving parts that computer science was used to solve the problem. A paper...
T-Mobile on 5G: Starting With 600MHz, Looking at mmWave Future (6/26/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] T-Mobile will focus on low-band 600MHz spectrum for its initial foray into 5G in 2019 but that doesn’t mean that high-band millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum is out of the picture for the operator in the future. “600MHz is the starting point for us,” said Karri Kuoppamaki, VP of radio network technology and...
Repack Reimbursement Process Starts Now (6/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] July 14 — the middle of summer and a traditional time for media executives to take some well-earned vacation. This year it’s also an important post-incentive auction filing deadline for broadcast stations and MVPDs assigned to new channels as a result of the FCC’s spectrum auction and channel repack. Affected groups must prepare...
Telecom Stock Roundup: T-Mobile US to Rollout 600 MHz Spectrum, CenturyLink May Face $12 Billion Lawsuit (6/23/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] …T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS , the third largest U.S. national wireless operator, has decided to roll out 600 MHz wireless spectrum across its operational region by this summer. In Apr 2017, the U.S. telecom regulator, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declared the winning bidders for its latest 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly...
T-Mobile’s 600 MHz fast track enabled by 3GPP-approved specs and work with broadcast industry (6/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] While T-Mobile announced last week that it will be testing the first sites using its 600 MHz spectrum this summer, the operator’s VP of radio network technology and strategy provided some insight into just how it’s able to move on the spectrum so fast. T-Mobile was the top bidder in the...
Cordillera Commits To GatesAir for TV Spectrum Repack (6/22/2017) - [Source: InBroadcast] …Cordillera is a long-time GatesAir transmitter customer, which played a significant role in its decision to select GatesAir for repack requirements. “We’ve decided to continue with GatesAir transmitters because we’ve had a longstanding relationship with the company,” [VP of Engineering and Technology Sean] Franklin said. “Their product is solid and their service is great,...
FCC OKs More Auction Winner Applications (6/22/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC has published the list of the latest forward auction winning bidders in the broadcast incentive auction whose applications have been deemed complete and accepted for filing, which also means they have paid up their winning bids. A few more applications remain to the deemed complete–or not–though the FCC did not...
Cordillera Commits to GatesAir for TV Spectrum Repack (6/21/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Beat] …“GatesAir engineers have already conducted site surveys of our Lexington and Colorado Springs facilities to determine what repack-related work must be completed in advance of moving to our new channel assignments,” said Sean Franklin, Vice President of Engineering and Technology for Cordillera Communications. “Once we’ve completed our FCC paperwork, we’ll be finalizing...
Cordillera Commits To GatesAir For TV Spectrum Repack (6/21/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Film and Video] GatesAir has announced that Cordillera Communications — a TV station group based in St. Paul, Minnesota — has selected GatesAir transmission equipment and services for three of its local stations that must relocate their UHF channels in accordance with the FCC’s spectrum repack transition schedule. The affected Cordillera stations include:...
FCC’s Pai, Clyburn Butt Heads Over Cost Cutting Senate Budget Hearing (6/21/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] …[Commissioner Mignon] Clyburn also cautioned the $5.8 million cut from the spectrum auction program is unwise given the fact that there are several more auctions currently in the pipeline. “Our auctions produce a tremendous return on investment and are a win-win for consumers, industry, and the federal government,” Clyburn added. “With 5G...
T-Mobile likely to maintain market share in Q2, setting up a potentially eventful Q3 and Q4: Deutsche Bank (6/21/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] T-Mobile… will also continue to expand its retail footprint in an effort to leverage its buildout of the 600 MHz spectrum it won at auction a few months ago. And finally, it may gain traction in the business-to-business market where it currently claims a market share of less than 5%. Of...
Repack Work and ATSC 3.0 Dominate NAB Show (6/21/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …Broadcast engineers had a lot to look at and research. Most stations being moved to another channel as part of the FCC incentive auction repack will need a new antenna, a place to put it, and a new transmitter. Another antenna and transmitter may be needed to stay on the air while...
A Peek Inside T-Mobile’s Massive LTE Growth (6/21/2017) - [Source: PC Magazine] …T-Mobile’s coverage will expand further in the West as it lays down a rural and suburban network on its new 600MHz spectrum over the next two years. “We’ve got about 270 million [people covered] on our 700MHz network. We own licenses for about 272. When we end that story, we’re picking up...
Incentive Auction Task Force and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Announce That Applications For 600 MHz Licenses Are Accepted For Filing (6/21/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] On April 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) completed the auction for new 600 MHz licenses (Auction 1002).  The long-form applications (FCC Form 601) for the 600 MHz licensees listed in Attachment A have been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing. Attachment B is the same list of applications...
Deutsche Telekom is reportedly working on a T-Mobile-Sprint merger (6/20/2017) - [Source: PhoneArena] …T-Mobile is said to be intrigued with the high-band 2.5GHz spectrum owned by Sprint, and how it could be used with T-Mobile’s 600MHz-700Mhz low frequency spectrum for 5G service. Even though T-Mobile and Sprint have been discussing a merger, the actual decision to put the two wireless operators together belongs to SoftBank and...
Analyst: T-Mobile could save $3 billion a year in Sprint deal, but missteps would be ‘catastrophic’ (6/19/2017) - [Source: Puget Sound Business Journal] …T-Mobile recently spent more than $8 billion in a federal spectrum auction to expand the company’s wireless network. A failed merger, Stodden said, could force T-Mobile to sell spectrum and give more market power to competitors. Combining Sprint and T-Mobile’s spectrum, though, would be a boon to the Bellevue company’s...
Advocates Converge in Trenton for a Day of Action in Support of New Jersey’s Civic Information Bill (6/19/2017) - [Source: Free Press] On Monday, advocates rallied in Trenton in support of legislation that would use millions in proceeds from the recent spectrum auction to help fix New Jersey’s local news crisis. Led by Free Press Action Fund, people representing more than a dozen local and national advocacy organizations urged state legislators to pass A4933/S3303...
A T-Mobile/Sprint merger would be ‘operationally daunting’: Moody’s (6/19/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] A merger between Sprint and T-Mobile could pay big dividends but would be “operationally daunting,” according to Moody’s Investors Service. Speculation of a merger between the two U.S. wireless operators has continued to heat up in recent weeks, due to both the end of the quiet period following the incentive auction...
Fastest Mobile Networks 2017 (6/19/2017) - [Source: PC Magazine] …4G LTE speeds will continue to advance over the next year. T-Mobile will fill in its rural coverage gaps with its new deployment of 600MHz spectrum starting this fall. Sprint is working on its urban coverage gaps with its new Magic Box micro-cell units; if you have an issue with Sprint coverage,...
T-Mobile US Preparing to Deploy 600-MHz Low-Band Spectrum (6/16/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance] T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS, the third largest U.S. national wireless operator, has decided to roll out 600 MHz wireless spectrum in its footprints by this summer. Notably, in Apr 2017, the U.S. telecom regulator, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declared the names of the winning bidders for its latest 600 MHz low-band wireless...
T-Mobile to Begin 600 MHz Network Rollout This Summer (6/16/2017) - [Source: The Street] T-Mobile (TMUS) said on Friday that it would begin testing its 600MHz network this summer, setting the stage for a commercial rollout later this year. On Thursday, the FCC officially granted T-Mobile its 600 MHz spectrum licenses that the wireless carrier acquired in a recent broadcast incentive auction. T-Mobile now possesses an...
T-Mobile launches Father’s Day BOGO offer for Galaxy S8 and other phones (6/16/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …T-Mobile said earlier this week it will begin to deploy services on some of the 600 MHz spectrum it bought earlier this year during the incentive auction, raising the eyebrows of some onlookers who thought those airwaves might not come to market until later this year—at the earliest. Deutsche Bank analysts...
FAB Telemedia to Court: FCC Exclusive Spectrum Explanation Is Barred (6/16/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …FAB is challenging how the FCC is implementing the decision not to protect low-power TV (LPTV) stations from being displaced in the post-broadcast incentive auction repack of TV stations. “[C]ounsel for respondent FCC asserted that ‘exclusive’ spectrum use means only that wireless carriers licensed for the post-auction 600 MHz Band are ‘entitled...
FCC Grants Licenses to Comcast, Major Auction Winners (6/16/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC has granted incentive auction forward auction winning bidders licenses–including top bidder T-Mobile–with values sufficient to cover winning broadcaster payoffs and the repacking costs, according to an FCC spokesperson. Those include the licenses won by Comcast, U.S. Cellular, Dish and AT&T in addition to T-Mobile. T-Mobile’s winning bids, totaling $8 billion,...
FCC formally grants 600MHz licences; T-Mobile to start testing this summer (6/16/2017) - [Source: Telegreography] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has formally granted the 600MHz spectrum licences sold in its recently concluded 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’). The bidding process raised (in net bids) a total of USD19.318 billion, with 50 bidders placing winning bids for a...
T-Mobile will begin prepping 5G as soon as this summer (6/15/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Digital Trends] T-Mobile is wasting no time in expanding high-speed cell coverage across the contiguous United States. On Thursday, June 15, just a day after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially granted it the 600 MHz spectrum it nabbed in a broadcast incentive auction earlier this year, the self-coined “Un-carrier” has begun prepping...
T-Mobile To Start Lighting Up Its New Low-Frequency Spectrum This Summer (6/15/2017) - [Source: Twice] T-Mobile is eager to unleash the $8 billion in new 600 MHz spectrum it bought at FCC auction in April. So much so that it will begin deploying the low-frequency LTE bands as early as this summer, in anticipation of an eventual jump to 5G hyperspace. “Mobile device users interested in faster data-transfer...
T-Mobile receives licenses for the 31MHz of 600MHz spectrum won in the FCC auction (6/15/2017) - [Source: PhoneArena] Yesterday, the FCC handed over to T-Mobile licenses to cover the 31MHz of 600MHz spectrum that it won at the FCC’s auction of low frequency airwaves. Unlike high-frequency airwaves, these travel farther and penetrate buildings better. By year’s end, the nation’s third largest carrier will own more than 1-million square miles of 600MHz...
T-Mobile will begin rolling out its 600MHz network this summer (6/15/2017) - [Source: Neowin] Back in April, T-Mobile purchased a large chunk of the 600MHz spectrum for $7.99 billion. The move was unprecedented, but the new network should allow for better service in-doors, and should be less congested than competitors’ low-band spectrums, which is typically the shared 700MHz band. Today, the Un-carrier announced that it will begin...
FCC Grants T-Mobile Spectrum Licenses (6/15/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] T-Mobile said the FCC has granted the spectrum licenses it successfully bid on in the broadcast incentive auction, which means it can start planning how to use it. The company has already signaled it would like to start lighting up some of that new mobile wireless broadband spectrum as early as the...
FCC Grants T-Mobile’s Spectrum Licenses (6/15/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] T-Mobile said the FCC has granted the spectrum licenses it successfully bid on in the broadcast incentive auction, which means it can start planning how to use it. The company has already signaled it would like to start lighting up some of that new mobile wireless broadband spectrum as early as the...
T-Mobile to begin rollout of 600 MHz spectrum this summer, boosting tower segment (6/15/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC officially granted licenses to winners of the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum from broadcasters, and T-Mobile is wasting no time in putting its new airwaves to use. The auction, which wrapped up in April, raised more than $19 billion from 50 bidders who won a total of nearly 2,800...
T-Mobile 600MHz network testing to get underway this summer (6/15/2017) - [Source: PhoneDog] Good news, T-Mobile customers: The Un-carrier today gave us an update on its 600MHz rollout efforts. T-Mobile says that it has acquired the licenses for the 600MHz spectrum that it acquired in the auction that wrapped up earlier this year. Now it’s looking forward to beginning testing its 600MHz coverage, with the first...
NAB Responds to FCC’s Special Displacement Window (6/15/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Last week the NAB sent a request to the FCC to create further assistance for low-power television stations and translators who might become displaced prior to being able to apply for the special displacement window. The FCC has acted on that request, announcing two mechanisms these stations can choose to use to...
T-Mobile Is Kicking Off 600 MHz Testing This Summer (6/15/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] …The Un-carrier on Thursday revealed it is forging ahead with previously announced plans to light up its new 600 MHz airwaves by the end of this year. The timeline now calls for site testing to begin this summer, with commercial operations expected to follow later in 2017. Back in April, T-Mobile CTO...
FCC Allows Pre-Auction Payment KRCA Transfer (6/15/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC will allow LBI Media to transfer control of the license of KRCA Riverside, Calif., which submitted a winning bid in the FCC’s incentive auction, even though the commission said it would not allow transfers until the treasury had forked over auction payments, which has not happened yet. LBI had...
Repack Phase Zero? You Could Be In Trouble (6/15/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Many TV broadcasters have an unpleasant reality in store for them as the spectrum repack gains momentum — one that may take some by surprise, says Karl Voss, chief engineer at noncommercial KAET Phoenix and the SBE/NFL frequency coordinator. The reality is many broadcasters belong to a transition period Voss likes to call...
T-Mobile’s New 600 MHz Network Rollout Begins This Summer (6/15/2017) - [Source: T-Mobile] Yesterday, the FCC officially granted the 600 MHz spectrum licenses that T-Mobile successfully secured in the recent broadcast incentive auction.  The Un-carrier now officially possesses a staggering average of 31 MHz of 600 MHz spectrum licenses across the nation, more than quadrupling its low-band holdings  (click for spectrum auction reactions from Verizon and...
FCC Creates LPTV, Translator Window (6/14/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The FCC on Wednesday released procedures for low-power television stations and translators to apply for a Special Displacement Window if they are being forced off the air by the incentive auction. Under the current rules, LPTV and translator stations operating on their current channels must shut down if they are notified that they...
FCC Will Help ‘Phase Zero’ LPTVs (6/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC will allow LPTVs and translators a way to stay on the air if T-Mobile asks them to exit their spectrum before the first special displacement window for seeking new channels opens, likely in early 2018. LPTVs had said T-Mobile contacted some stations about possibly wanting to light up the...
NAB Statement on FCC Creation of Special Displacement Window for LPTVs, Translators (6/14/2017) - [Source: NAB] In response to the FCC creating procedures for low-power television stations (LPTVs) and translators to apply for a Special Displacement Window if they are being forced off the air by the incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “NAB appreciates the FCC’s expeditious...
NAB Reacts To FCC ‘Special Displacement Window’ For LPTVs, Translators (6/14/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] …In a communiqué released late Wednesday, NAB EVP/Communications Dennis Wharton said, “NAB appreciates the FCC’s expeditious action granting our request that translators and low-power television stations displaced by the incentive auction be allowed to temporarily operate on alternative channels. Today’s order is a positive step towards mitigating the incentive auction’s...
IATF & MB Set Forth Tools Available to LPTV/Translator Stations Displaced Prior to the Special Displacement Window (6/14/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] In the LPTV Procedures Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau described procedures for a Special Displacement Window for operating low power television, analog-to-digital replacement translator, and TV translator stations (referred to collectively as “LPTV/translator stations”) that are displaced as a result of the broadcast incentive auction (Auction 1000) and...
Incentive Auction Task Force and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Grants 600 MHz Licenses (6/14/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] On April 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) completed the auction for new 600 MHz licenses. This auction, which was designated Auction 1002, raised (in net bids) a total of $19,318,157,706, with 50 bidders placing winning bids for a total of 2776 licenses. The FCC long-form applications (FCC Form 601) of 11...
GatesAir & Heartland Media Strike Repack Deal (6/14/2017) - [Source: InBroadcast] …“GatesAir [has] supported us better than any other supplier in the broadcast industry,” said Tom Bennett, Heartland Media’s Vice President of Operations. “With respect to the spectrum repack, they have provided invaluable guidance, and assisted with the FCC paperwork and filings that are required for reimbursement. The spectrum repack is a complex endeavor, and...
Sprint’s Claure reiterates benefits of a potential T-Mobile tie-up (6/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Speculation of a merger between the two U.S. wireless operators has continued to heat up in recent weeks, due to both the end of the quiet period following the incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves and the likelihood of a lighter regulatory stance of Donald Trump’s administration compared to the Obama...
GatesAir Provides Heartland Media with a Roadmap for UHF TV Channel Relocation and ATSC 3.0 (6/13/2017) - [Source: IABM] …Heartland Media—an Atlanta-based TV station group with top-rated stations in 11 U.S. markets—has committed to GatesAir transmission equipment and services for its stations affected by the FCC TV spectrum repack. The Heartland Media team is consulting with GatesAir to determine the best transmitter options for power levels each market requires as antenna pattern...
Pai: A Healthy Broadcast Industry Is in Public Interest (6/12/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC chairman Ajit Pai… pledged to do what he could “within the law” to help lower power TV stations and translators in the post-incentive auction repack. “Time passes and technology changes, but local broadcasters remain the linchpins of their communities,” he said, according to a copy of his remarks to [the annual...
Post-Auction M&A Needn’t Be Too Taxing (6/9/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] What do a broadcast license and a steer have in common? While this may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, the answer is serious indeed. In either case, capital gains resulting from a sale may be deferred through a properly structured like-kind exchange (LKE). Despite the recent spectrum auction’s results coming...
FCC Reminds Repacked TV Stations of Upcoming June and July Deadlines (6/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] The incentive auction, where the FCC agreed to buy the spectrum of numerous TV stations so that they could repackage that spectrum and sell it to wireless users, ended with the FCC’s Closing Notice released in April. But, in order to clear contiguous blocks of spectrum for the wireless companies who...
How to Add 39 Tons of Steel to the Top of the Empire State Building (6/8/2017) - [Source: Engineering News-Record] …“The business of broadcasting TV and radio signals over the air is in flux, due to deteriorating industry fundamentals and the ongoing Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction, and there is competition from other broadcasting operations,” [the ESRT’s most recent quarterly SEC filing] acknowledges. New generations of broadcasting equipment are expected to begin...
T-Mobile Enticing Stations To Repack Early (6/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Eager to expand and enhance its wireless service offerings, T-Mobile wants access to the $8 billion worth of 600 MHz spectrum it acquired in the FCC’s incentive auction as soon as possible, and so is working with broadcasters to speed up the TV band repacking in some areas, according to broadcasters who have...
FCC: Dates Loom for TV Station Permits, Reimbursement Forms (6/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is reminding broadcasters that there are two upcoming dates they need to circle on their calendars. MVPDs need to have their red pens out as well. That came in a public notice. July 12 is the deadline for almost 1,000 stations to file their initial applications for the construction permits...
IATF/MB Remind Broadcast Stations and MVPDs of Important Post-Incentive Auction Filing Deadlines (6/7/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau remind broadcast television stations that were assigned new channels as a result of the incentive auction and repacking process and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) of the following important post-auction filing deadlines: 1. Request for Waiver of Initial Construction Permit Filing Deadline – June 12,...
GatesAir open house previews growth spurt (6/7/2017) - [Source: Herald-Whig] …Growth is coming because of the reallocation of broadcast spectrum in many nations. Government agencies will be licensing certain broadcast frequencies for use by broadcasters, telecommunication companies and other users. Some nations also will move to digital broadcasting, which occurred in the United States several years ago. All of those changes will increase...
FCC Closes Docket on ‘Spectrumless’ Station Sale (6/6/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has closed the docket on the proposed sale of the post-auction assets of Hero Licenseco’s KBEH Oxnard, Calif., to KWHY-22 Broadcasting, Los Angeles, accepting the withdrawal of the license transfer application by the parties. Hero had proposed to sell its license and must-carry rights after also submitting the winning...
11 companies were interested in buying Straight Path, Deutsche Bank Says (6/6/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Verizon surprised analysts earlier this year when it sat out of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum despite qualifying to bid in the event. But the Straight Path deal illustrates how much the value of millimeter-wave airwaves has increased as carriers begin to prioritize increased capacity in advance of...
GatesAir and Quincy Media Strike Repack Deal (6/6/2017) - [Source: InBroadcast] …Quincy Media uses GatesAir transmitters today across all of its stations, many of which are tube transmitters approaching two decades of service. According to Dreasler, the repack presents an ideal time to transition to newer solid-state transmitters that, in addition to simplifying channel relocation, will help to reduce the burden of utility costs...
Quincy Media Goes With GatesAir For Repack Plan (6/5/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] The owner of 18 broadcast TV stations in such small markets as Binghamton, N.Y., and Waterloo, Iowa, has turned to GatesAir for transmitters — and related installation and commissioning services — for spectrum repack needs across its group. The deal includes several new Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled UHF and VAXTE air-cooled VHF...
NAB Says FCC Should Help LPTVs (6/5/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters has asked the FCC to give low-power TV stations and translators a home if wireless companies taking over former TV spectrum want to light that bandwidth up before the agency opens a planned window to allow displaced stations to find new permanent homes, if available. LPTVs...
NAB Seeks FCC Relief for LPTVs, Translators (6/5/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] NAB has asked the FCC to help alleviate the impact of the incentive auction on LPTV and translator stations. Under the current rules, LPTV and translator stations operating on their current channels must shut down if notified that they will cause interference to new wireless operations. NAB’s letter requests the FCC allow LPTV...
Quincy Media Chooses GatesAir As Exclusive TX Source For Repack (6/5/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Quincy Media has selected GatesAir to provide transmitters, installation services and commissioning groupwide on an exclusive basis to meet its needs for the FCC-mandated TV spectrum repack, GatesAir announced today. The deal includes new Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled UHF and VAXTE air-cooled VHF transmitters, while existing GatesAir transmitters at select stations will be modified...
GatesAir and Quincy Media Inc. Strike Exclusive Spectrum Repack Deal (6/5/2017) - [Source: IABM.org] GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, announces that longtime customer Quincy Media will exclusively rely on GatesAir for transmitters, and related installation and commissioning services, for spectrum repack needs across its TV station group. The deal will include several new Maxiva™ ULXTE liquid-cooled UHF...
Local Journalism in New Jersey Could Be in for $100 Million Windfall (6/4/2017) - [Source: NJ Spotlight] New Jersey is getting ready to receive a one-time infusion of $332 million in revenue thanks to a nationwide auction of broadcast airwaves that was held earlier this year. With a new state fiscal year about to begin in a matter of weeks, two Democratic legislative leaders are now pushing to earmark...
FCC Commissioner O’rielly Issues Remarks Before Wireless Infrastructure Show (6/3/2017) - [Source: Equities.com] The Federal Communications Commission issued the text of the following speech by Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: “…We also have to keep in mind that tower crews are in high demand these days. Wireless companies will be building out AWS-3 and 600 MHz spectrum; hopefully we will auction millimeter wave and 3.5 GHz in the...
SENSR: FAA, DHS, NOAA Get Approval To Consolidate Radio Spectrum (6/2/2017) - [Source: International Business Times] …As mobile internet providers have started to expand their networks to 5G and launch other wireless internet solutions, demand for more wireless spectrum has increased and the government has made an effort to make it available. Earlier this year, the government auctioned off low-band spectrum, which it obtained via reverse auction...
Meruelo’s ‘Heroic’ L.A. TV Deal Aborted (6/2/2017) - [Source: Hispanic Ad / Radio + Television Business Report] On May 1, in a novel transaction only made possible by the now-concluded FCC Spectrum Auction, a fast-growing Southern California media player — The Meruelo Group — agreed to pay just $10 million for assets tied to a station within the Los Angeles DMA. The seller,...
FCC, OSHA Release Tower-Safety Guidelines (6/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Just in time for the move of almost 1,000 TV stations in the post-auction repack, the FCC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have safety best practice recommendations for communications towers. The guidelines are informal and informational and don’t impose or imply any new safety obligations, but the FCC and...
New Jersey Leaders Introduce Innovative Legislation to Support News and Information Needs Across the State (6/1/2017) - [Source: News Voices] …Assembly Bill A4933, introduced by State Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D–Camden) and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D–Bergen), would allocate $100 million in proceeds from the federal broadcast-incentive auction, in which the sale of the licenses of New Jersey public-television stations WNJN and WNJT brought in more than $330 million in...
Verizon, Sprint, AT&T detail spectrum exchanges covering PCS, AWS licenses (6/1/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Although Sprint, AT&T and Verizon all largely sat out the FCC’s recent incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted 600 MHz licenses, they are clearly still actively interested in gaining the best spectrum position possible. Indeed, all the nation’s carriers, including T-Mobile, have inked spectrum exchanges or purchases in the secondary spectrum...
‘Zombie station’ KBEH withdraws application to sell for $10M (6/1/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] So-called zombie station KBEH, which sold its broadcast spectrum during an FCC auction earlier this year, has withdrawn its application to sell its station and other assets for $10 million. The FCC filing does not explain why the application was withdrawn. KBEH owner Hero Licenseco sold its 6 MHz of spectrum in...
Hero Licensco Withdraws KBEH Deal From FCC (6/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Hero Licensco, the owner of TV station KBEH, has rescinded its request that the FCC allow it to sell its license and must-carry rights. …Hero, which got $146.6 million for the 6 MHz worth of spectrum used by KBEH, is a Spanish-language independent. Hero indicated to the FCC at the time...
$10M Zombie Station Sale Withdrawn (6/1/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The seller of the spectrumless license and assets of KBEH Los Angeles to Meruelo Television for $10 million pulls the FCC application seeking approval of the deal after the agency asks for public comment on it. KBEH sold its spectrum in the FCC incentive auction. Without explanation, Hero Licenseco LLC yesterday withdrew its FCC...
WGBH, Others Tell FCC to Allow Post-Auction License Transferability (5/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Noncommercial station WGBH Boston has joined with other broadcasters to encourage the FCC to allow TV stations that got paid to move off their spectrum and share with another station in the spectrum auction to sell the license they are transferring to that shared spectrum to a third party. That came...
June Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Comments on Reg Fees, ATSC 3.0 and Routine EEO Filings Highlight the Month (5/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] …TV broadcasters required to repack following the incentive auction should also be planning to file their construction permit applications specifying the facilities that they will be using to operate their stations on their new channels, which are due on or before July 12. If stations believe that they will have problems...
In 2017, how much low-, mid- and high-band spectrum do Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Dish own, and where? (5/30/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Licensed spectrum remains perhaps the most important building block in the wireless industry. As a result, nationwide carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are eager to both obtain suitable spectrum holdings across the country, and to use those spectrum licenses in the most effective way possible. But where exactly do...
WRAL “Channel 39 Club” Continues Broadcasting ATSC 3.0 (5/30/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] …As an experimental channel that renews bi-annually, this system will be removed from air over the next two years as we move through the repack process. However, we have learned, and continue to learn how to manage payloads in an ATSC 3.0 system. Specifically, the GatesAir system and supporting equipment has...
Timeline: What we know so far about a Sprint/T-Mobile merger (5/26/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] …The Federal Communications Commission lifted its quiet period [on April 27, 2017] after a large spectrum auction involving cable, media and telecom companies. Sprint sat out of the auction, but T-Mobile left as one of the top bidders, with $8 billion in low-band spectrum. Why it matters: M&A talk could...
HPA Tech Retreat 2017 (part 1) – Technology, Innovation & Fellowship (5/26/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] …This year’s [Broadcaster’s Panel] included engineering executives from CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS and group station operators. Much of the panelists talked about the prospects for ATSC 3.0 and, publicly for the first time, addressed RF band repacking as the FCC-imposed “quiet period” had elapsed shortly before the event. Robert Seidel, VP...
TV Repack Leads A FOX Affiliate To Nix Relocation Redo (5/25/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] The saga of a FOX affiliate in the Peach State that saw its previous owner seek a move back to the channel it received the FCC’s permission to move from has ended. It’s all thanks to the 39-month post-spectrum auction station repack that will see some 1,000 TV stations make...
Wells Fargo ‘increasingly optimistic’ about short-term market for tower companies (5/25/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …[Wells Fargo’s Jennifer] Fritzsche wrote this morning. “The backlog centers around—600 MHz, FirstNet, inventory of undeployed spectrum and the general need to spend given the impact of the unlimited plans on the networks…” Indeed, T-Mobile continues to move aggressively to deploy as much of the 600 MHz spectrum it recently won at...
Low-Power TV Group Tells FCC Concerns Over T-Mobile Plans (5/24/2017) - [Source: Law360] The LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition has urged the Federal Communications Commission to halt a spectrum repackaging plan until the agency resolves issues with what it called an “unharmonized timeline,” saying plans by T-Mobile to start using some of its spectrum before the year ends could displace nearly 50 stations. In a Monday letter...
Verizon Wins the Battle for Straight Path. Will It Win the War for 5G? (5/24/2017) - [Source: Fox Business News] …T-Mobile has promised a 5G network by 2020 as well. It believes that it will be able to deploy 5G on the low-band spectrum it purchased in the government auction this winter, when it spent $8 billion for lots of low-band 600 MHz spectrum. It’s still unclear how comprehensive that network...
MATC wins support for plan to invest, distribute $84.9M of Channel 36 frequency proceeds (5/24/2017) - [Source: Milwaukee Business Journal] Milwaukee Area Technical College won a key vote from the Wisconsin Legislature to create a trust fund that would invest and distribute $84.9 million in proceeds from auctioning the broadcast frequency of television station WMVT-TV (Channel 36). After officials with MATC and its stations learned April 13 of the auction result,...
FCC “Incentive Auction” marks progress and pitfalls towards freeing wireless spectrum (5/24/2017) - [Source: Brookings] …The [FCC National Broadband Plan’s] crown jewel was its call to deliver 300 megahertz for mobile applications by 2015, increasing bandwidth by more than half. A two-sided auction would reallocate 120 MHz of that total from TV broadcasting, where it sat largely idle following the shift in video delivery to cable and satellite....
GatesAir To Streamline Chicago PBS UHF TV (5/24/2017) - [Source: InBroadcast] WTTW-TV – the primary PBS member station serving the Chicago market – has selected GatesAir to fulfil its FCC TV spectrum repack requirements. GatesAir will supply its recently-announced Maxiva ULXTE high-efficiency, liquid-cooled UHF TV transmitter in preparation for WTTW’s relocation from UHF channel 47 to 25. Owned by Window to the World Communications,...
Verizon wins bidding war with AT&T for Straight Path (5/23/2017) - [Source: The Lake Andes Wave] …Iain Gillott, founder of iGR, said the Straight Path deal further strengthened Verizon’s notion that it did not need any more traditional cellular spectrum, which was highlighted by the carrier emerging empty handed from the FCC’s recent 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. Worldwide 5G standards are being finalized this year,...
WTTW Repack Game Plan Includes GatesAir (5/23/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] The primary PBS member station serving the Chicago market, WTTW-11, has selected GatesAir to fulfill its FCC TV spectrum repack requirements. The wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions provider for TV and radio broadcasters will offer the station its newly released Maxiva ULXTE high-efficiency, liquid-cooled UHF TV transmitter in preparation for...
FCC Proposes Cutting Budget, Staff (5/23/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s 2018 budget features cuts in staff and budget according to the administration’s final budget, released Tuesday. The FCC said it was pleased to present its request for funds to repack and reimburse broadcasters, help close the digital divide, eliminate unnecessary regulations and regulatory “burdens.” The FCC is asking for...
LPTVs Zero In on Spectrum Auction’s ‘Phase Zero’ (5/23/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition is threatening to try and stop the FCC repack process unless the FCC addresses its issue with the so-called “Phase Zero.” The FCC has divided the repack into 10 phases. But the coalition says there is an 11th, a Phase Zero, that is unaccounted for and...
GatesAir To Assist WTTW In Repack With Transmitter, Planning (5/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] WTTW, the primary PBS member station in Chicago, has chosen GatesAir to meet its FCC TV spectrum repack requirements, the company announced today. The station will use a GatesAir Maxiva ULXTE high-efficiency, liquid-cooled UHF TV transmitter in preparation for its move from UHF ch. 47 to ch. 25, the company said. Owned by...
GatesAir Facilitate Channel Relocation (5/23/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Film & Video] GatesAir has been selected by WTTW-TV to fulfil its FCC TV spectrum repack requirements. WTTW-TV is the primary PBS member station which serves the Chicago market. It carries the PBS network on its main channel, with WTTW Prime, Create/World and PBS Kids on its secondary channels. With its assignment to...
Tower company bonanza: AT&T to build 2,000 new towers, Sprint doubles capex guidance (5/23/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Wall Street analysts are almost unanimous in their outlook for the tower industry. And their outlook for the tower industry is good. “FirstNet, AWS-3, WCS and 600 MHz should all provide healthy tailwinds to tower operators. On top of this, small cells present an incremental growth opportunity. Much of the radio...
GatesAir to Streamline UHF TV Channel Relocation for Chicago PBS Station (5/23/2017) - [Source: IABM] …WTTW-TV—the primary PBS member station serving the Chicago market—has selected GatesAir to fulfill its FCC TV spectrum repack requirements. GatesAir will supply its recently-announced Maxiva™ ULXTE high-efficiency, liquid-cooled UHF TV transmitter in preparation for WTTW’s relocation from UHF channel 47 to 25. Owned by Window to the World Communications, Inc., WTTW carries the...
Sprint’s CEO holds the door open to T-Mobile, and to cable companies (5/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …M&A speculation in the telecom industry has reached a fevered pitch following the close of the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive spectrum auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted licenses. Coupled with what would likely be a receptive Justice Department, many analysts are expecting a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, along with other possible...
T-Mobile’s CFO: Comcast/Charter wireless partnership could ‘truly disrupt’ market (5/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …[T-Mobile CFO Braxton] Carter reaffirmed that the company continues to see growth options beyond mergers and acquisitions. “We have a great standalone path to value creation,” he said, pointing out the carrier will build out its 700 MHz and 600 MHz spectrum to new locations in the United States, giving it a...
Dish Network announces a few deals with Amazon (5/22/2017) - [Source: Denver Business Journal] …Last week, it was reported that Dish was possibly thinking about making a wireless network deal with Amazon, utilizing Dish’s wireless internet frequencies. “Dish is holding unused spectrum holdings worth, by some estimates, more than $45 billion even before the latest FCC auction,” the Denver Business Journal’s Greg Avery reported in...
Free Over-the-Air TV Is Going to Get Better (5/21/2017) - [Source: MSN] …Even before the [ATSC 3.0] rules are finished, some broadcasters are pushing hard to prepare… Other stations will move more slowly while they cope with another technological change, she says. They need to “repack” their stations to new frequencies in the aftermath of a government spectrum auction, which is freeing up more room...
FCC Releases Guide To Auction, Reimbursement Payouts (5/19/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC has released a user guide for the web-based system through which winning TV station bidders in the spectrum auction can collect their winnings. It is also the system TV stations and MVPDs will need to use to get reimbursed for their expenses in the post-auction repack of stations into smaller...
Why We Might See a Shakeup in the Telecom Industry Soon (5/19/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] …The end of March marked the end of a multistage wireless-spectrum auction. Wireless companies agreed to pay $19.77 billion for 70 Mhz of spectrum that television broadcasters sold for around $10 billion. The government — which pocketed the spread — compelled broadcasters to sell, since wireless had the need and many people now...
FCC Releases Guide To Auction, Reimbursement Payouts (5/19/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has released a user guide for the web-based system through which winning TV station bidders in the spectrum auction can collect their winnings. It is also the system TV stations and MVPDs will need to use to get reimbursed for their expenses in the post-auction repack of stations into...
FCC Maintains Reporting Requirements for TV Station Auction Winners (5/19/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has denied requests that it adjust its quarterly repack progress report requirements for TV stations getting payouts from the FCC’s $1.75 billion repack relocation fund to change channels in the post incentive auction repack. In addition it has adopted a similar reporting requirement—same manner, same timetable—for stations that did...
What to do with public TV’s ‘spectrum auction’ windfall (5/19/2017) - [Source: Columbia Journalism Review] SAY YOU MAKE $50,000 A YEAR—a reporter’s average salary in 2016—and suddenly you get $1 million. Proportionally, that’s about what has just happened to Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, a public television and radio station group based in Richmond, Virginia. The organization, whose most recent public filing showed an annual revenue of $9.7...
Dish tie-up with Amazon could lift tower companies, Guggenheim says (5/19/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Dish spent $6.2 billion to buy licenses during the auction of 600 MHz that wrapped up last month, far exceeding the expectations of most analysts. CEO Charlie Ergen said earlier this month that the company was focused on buying licenses in urban areas, placing a high priority on the potential number of connected devices...
How the FCC Wireless Spectrum Auction Outcome Affects Your Wireless Microphone Systems (5/19/2017) - [Source: Commercial Integrator] About the same time that the presidency of Donald Trump began, another confusing proposition came to an end. Almost, anyway. The world’s first spectrum-incentive auction reached its virtual conclusion on Jan. 18. Under the supervision of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), over 70 MHz of high-value, low-band spectrum in the 600-MHz range...
FCC Accepts 2,319 Applications for 600 MHz Spectrum (5/18/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it has accepted 2,319 applications for the 600 MHz spectrum sold off in the spectrum incentive auction. The applications comprise those license sought by 11 out of 50 total bidders and represent the first tranche of applications, according to an FCC spokesman, who said the...
T-Mobile CFO calls Sprint most logical partner as deal speculation heats up (5/18/2017) - [Source: Seatlle Times] …Wireless industry mergers had been on hold for a year due to a government spectrum auction that required participants to avoid negotiating deals with each other. The gag order lifted April 27. Now T-Mobile has joined other prospective partners including Dish in sizing each other up and touting the various options available....
User Guide Available for the CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module (5/18/2017) - [Source: FCC] By this Public Notice, the Office of Managing Director and the Incentive Auction Task Force announce the availability of the “CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module User Guide,” which describes the features of the web-based Commission Registration System (CORES) Incentive Auction Financial Module (Financial Module). Full power and Class A broadcasters and multichannel video...
FCC Approves Raft of Spectrum Applications (5/18/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has released the first tranche of successful incentive forward auction bidders whose applications are complete and accepted for filing. They are AT&T, CC Wireless (Comcast), T-Mobile, US Cellular and ParkerB.com Wireless (Dish). T-Mobile was the biggest winner, bidding $8 billion for 1,525 licenses, while Comcast (via CC Wireless) bid...
T-Mobile’s Carter: ‘Of course’ talks with Sprint will happen (5/18/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Speculation of a merger between the two U.S. wireless operators has continued to heat up in recent weeks, due to both the end of the quiet period following the incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves and the likelihood of a lighter regulatory stance of Donald Trump’s administration compared to the Obama...
FCC OKs Raft of Spectrum Applications (5/18/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC has released the first tranche of successful incentive forward auction bidders whose applications are complete and accepted for filing. They are AT&T, CC Wireless (Comcast), T-Mobile, US Cellular and ParkerB.com Wireless (Dish) T-Mobile was the biggest winner in the auction, bidding $8 billion for 1,525 licenses, while Comcast (via CC...
Incentive Auction Task Force and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Announce That Applications For 600 MHz Licenses Are Accepted For Filing (5/18/2017) - [Source: FCC] On April 13, 2017 the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) completed the auction for new 600 MHz licenses (Auction 1002). The long-form applications (FCC Form 601) for the 600 MHz licensees listed in Attachment A have been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing. Attachment B is the same list of applications...
Post-Auction Rules and Procedures for LPTV and TV Translator Stations (5/17/2017) - [Source: Wiley Rein] On May 12, 2017, the Commission issued a public notice summarizing the rules and procedures governing the post-auction transition for low power television, TV translator and replacement translator stations (LPTV Procedures PN).[1] The LPTV Procedures PN provides guidance to LPTV and TV translator stations on (i) the filing window for displaced stations,...
FCC Details Window for LPTV Stations and TV Translators Displaced by the Incentive Auction to Seek New Channels (5/17/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] The FCC last week released a Public Notice describing the process for the filing of applications for replacement channels for LPTV stations and TV translators that are displaced by the incentive auction.  As the repacking of the TV band following the incentive auction will require LPTV and TV translator stations now...
FAB Telemedia Takes Another Shot at Spectrum Auction (5/17/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] “We meet again.” That was judge Karen Henderson launching the oral argument in Free Access & Broadcast (FAB) Telemedia’s challenge to the FCC’s spectrum auction framework—the same court rejected an earlier FAB challenge to the auction last June. FAB is challenging how the FCC is implementing the decision not to protect...
NAB: ATSC 3.0 Could Help Save Lives (5/17/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …In closing, Metheny urged the legislators to ensure that broadcasters have enough time and money available to them to complete the spectrum repack that is forcing stations to move in the wake of the FCC’s incentive auction. “With the conclusion of the auction,” he said, “there will be less spectrum allocated for broadcasting...
Sprint may find T-Mobile being just a bit coy about a potential merger (5/16/2017) - [Source: Orlando Business Journal] …With the conclusion of the Federal Communications Commission’s latest spectrum auction, during which T-Mobile dropped $8 billion on expanding its airwaves, the quiet period has ended, and reports Friday indicated Sprint and T-Mobile already have started negotiations. Masayoshi Son is CEO of SoftBank, which owns 80 percent of Sprint Corp. Junko...
Tie-up between T-Mobile and Sprint still not a done deal, analysts say (5/15/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Speculation of a merger between the two U.S. wireless operators has continued to heat up in recent weeks, due to both the end of the quiet period following the incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves and the likelihood of a lighter regulatory stance of Donald Trump’s administration compared to the Obama...
Sprint and SoftBank start informal talks over T-Mobile merger (5/15/2017) - [Source: Android Central] …Sprint tried acquiring T-Mobile back in 2014, but the deal fell through over regulatory hurdles. Specifically, the Federal Communications Commission barred any mergers as it was conducting an $19.8 billion wireless spectrum auction. That ended on April 27, opening up the door for potential mergers. With the current administration more amenable to...
Sprint, T-Mobile rise on merger speculation (5/15/2017) - [Source: Bill Insider] …The resumption of talks may have been triggered by an April 27th deadline passing that concluded a spectrum auction blackout period for participants to pursue deals. There’s also belief T-Mobile, the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S., could be acquired by a cable company looking for a way into the mobile market. Investors...
Sprint, Softbank start informal talks for T-Mobile merger (5/15/2017) - [Source: Mobile Scout] …Senior executives from SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint’s largest shareholder, and Sprint have started informal talks with T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom about the merger, sources close to the discussion revealed. US regulators had mandated that participants in the government spectrum auction avoid negotiating deals with each other until April 27, which had put...
Merger talks between T-Mobile and Sprint are back on (5/12/2017) - [Source: The Verge]   …After their first attempt at a deal fell apart under the Obama administration and Tom Wheeler’s FCC, the two sides have been unable to hold talks for an extended period of time because of the recent spectrum auction, which T-Mobile dominated. But the quiet period concluded on April 27th, leaving Deutsche...
Globalstar Stock Surges on Reports It Could Be Up for Sale (5/12/2017) - [Source: The Street] …”The one thing that can’t be denied it is currently a seller’s market with respect to spectrum generally,” said David Tawil of Maglan Capital, which owns shares in Globalstar. The bidding for Straight Path began during an FCC quiet period limiting talks between wireless carriers that took part in a spectrum auction....
FCC Outlines Next Repack Steps for LPTVs (5/12/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has released guidance for low-power TV and translator stations in the post-incentive auction repack, in which they are not protected from displacement by full-power stations. The repack period began April 13, with the FCC’s release of the final auction public notice. The guidance (and “clarity”) is intended to give...
Erratum – Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce Regional Coordinators To Facilitate Post-Auction Transition For Broadcast Stations (5/12/2017) - [Source: FCC] On April 20, 2017, the Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau (the Bureau) released a Public Notice, DA 17-376, in the above-captioned proceeding. In a few cases, Appendix B of the Public Notice contained discrepancies that did not match the data released with the Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice. The Bureau...
The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Announce Procedures for Low Power Television, Television Translator and Replacement Translator Stations (5/12/2017) - [Source: FCC] The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau (Bureau), in this Public Notice, provide guidance for low power television (LPTV), television translator (TV translator) and analog-to-digital replacement translator (DRT) stations (referred to collectively as “LPTV/translator stations”) regarding the post-auction transition period, which began on April 13, 2017, with the completion of the broadcast...
Report: Sprint and T-Mobile are exploring the possibility of a merger (5/12/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] …Both companies agreed to table merger talks until the FCC auction of 600MHz spectrum came to an end. That happened last month when it was announced that T-Mobile had won 45% of the airwaves up for bidding. And now, Bloomberg is reporting that the two have started “exploring” merger talks. SoftBank Chairman...
T-mobile, Sprint Restart Merger Talks – Report (5/12/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …T-Mobile has already spent heavily on making improvements to its 4G network and recently said it would deploy a nationwide 5G network by 2020, using 600MHz spectrum for which it paid $8 billion during a recent auction… A truly nationwide 5G rollout might cost T-Mobile as much as $25 billion, according to...
Sprint & SoftBank in ‘preliminary conversations’ about T-Mobile merger (5/12/2017) - [Source: Apple Insider] …Sprint previously expressed interest in buying T-Mobile back in 2014, but that deal ultimately fell apart because of expected regulatory obstacles. The Federal Communications Commission then barred telecom mergers over over a year while it conducted a $19.8 billion wireless spectrum auction —that period ended on April 27. Rumors of a possible...
Sprint, SoftBank said in informal deal talks with T-Mobile (5/12/2017) - [Source: Chicago Tribune] …[Sources] asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. Merger talks in the wireless industry had been on hold for almost a year because of a government spectrum auction that required participants to avoid negotiating deals with each other until April 27. SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son and Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive...
SoftBank talks up Sprint-T-Mobile ‘synergy’; owner insists ‘anything is possible’ (5/12/2017) - [Source: TeleGeography] …the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) so-called ‘quiet period’ – which required US telecoms operators to avoid negotiating mergers and acquisitions for the duration of the recently concluded 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction – was lifted at the end of last month. Previously, in June 2014 Sprint unveiled a USD32 billion (USD40 per...
Verizon pays $3.1 billion for spectrum it needs to deploy 5G, outbidding AT&T (5/11/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance] …Millimeter wave [is] plentiful compared to the low-frequency bands in use by 4G networks, and can be used in conjunction with other spectrum where available. T-Mobile, for example, has said it will use a combination of low-band 600MHz spectrum and high-band millimeter waves for its 5G network. 5G can reach speeds far surpassing 1Gbps, and...
Sprint Again Again Promoting Possible Merger with T-Mobile (5/11/2017) - [Source: eWEEK] …Both companies were prohibited from talking about merger possibilities during the recent FCC 600MHz spectrum auction, but it was always expected that when the quiet period was over, the companies would start talking again, said Dawson. Yet, the talks may not interest T-Mobile anymore, he added. “T-Mobile is in a much stronger position...
Verizon Grabs Straight Path from AT&T (5/11/2017) - [Source: Techzone 360] …An April 28 Verizon blog expressed the importance of millimeter wave spectrum to 5G, which is what’s next in cellular networking… The blog was Verizon’s effort to explain why it didn’t buy 600MHz spectrum during the recent spectrum auction, in which T-Mobile captured 45 percent of all the low-band spectrum sold. Verizon’s...
FCC’s Forward Auction Money Due May 11 (5/11/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] As a reminder, Thursday (by 6 p.m.) is when the winning forward auction bidders are supposed to have ponied up the balance of their payments for broadcast TV spectrum. But don’t look for any info out of the FCC just yet on who has or hasn’t paid. For one thing, they will not...
Verizon outbids AT&T for nationwide “5G” spectrum (5/11/2017) - [Source: Ars Technica] …Networks using high frequencies like those owned by Straight Path will have to be designed differently than ones using low-frequency spectrum… 5G standards can be used in any frequency, both low and high, as T-Mobile USA recently noted. “T-Mobile expects to deploy 5G in its low-band 600MHz spectrum quickly across its existing nationwide macro...
Verizon to acquire Straight Path for $3.1B, ending bidding war with AT&T (5/11/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Verizon isn’t much interested in more 600 MHz spectrum, but it isn’t afraid to spend heavily to bulk up on its high-band airwaves. Straight Path said this morning it had inked “a definitive merger agreement” that will see the nation’s top wireless service provider pay roughly $3.1 billion in an all-stock...
Preston Padden Offers Spectrum Auction Lessons Learned (5/11/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Preston Padden, the former News Corp. and Disney-ABC top exec who was intimately involved in the FCC’s spectrum auction, says that one of the lessons learned from that first-ever double-sided auction was three of the four major wireless carriers who insisted there was a spectrum crunch/crisis and lobbied hard for the...
Sprint to launch 5G by 2019 using its stash of 2.5GHz spectrum (5/10/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] …Sprint has said in the past that it has plenty of 2.5GHz spectrum, which was one of the reasons why it sat out the recent FCC auction of 600MHz spectrum. Joining Sprint with the build out of its 5G network will be parent company SoftBank, and chipmaker Qualcomm. The project employs the...
Sprint Plans 2.5GHz-Based 5G Launch in 2019 (5/10/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] US mobile operator Sprint appears to be eyeing a launch of 5G services based on 2.5GHz spectrum in the second half of 2019… The Sprint announcement comes shortly after rival T-Mobile US Inc. said it would build a nationwide 5G network by 2020 using spectrum in the 600MHz and other frequency bands…...
Verizon execs dismiss network concerns about unlimited data (5/9/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …“Where Verizon came out guns blazing was in defending their network, the investments it has made there and calling into question some of the accusations made against it in regard to performance,” Jennifer Fritzsche of Wells Fargo Securities wrote in a research note. “When asked about the 600 MHz auction, Verizon...
Dish could spend as little as $2.6B to build a network: MoffettNathanson (5/9/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Dish Network could spend as little as $2.6 billion to launch a wireless network that meets the FCC’s build-out demands for its significant spectrum holdings, according to MoffettNathanson Research. And that would buy more time for the company to find a bidder for its airwaves. Dish spent $6.2 billion to buy licenses during...
Verizon CEO McAdam on Merger Buzz, Unlimited Plans and More (5/8/2017) - [Source: The Street] Verizon (VZ) Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam and the telecom’s senior managers held forth on merger buzz, unlimited data plans, Comcast‘s (CMCSA) new wireless agreement with Charter (CHTR)  and other topics during the telecom’s analyst meeting after the close on Monday. Anticipation of deals has spiked since the Federal Communications Commission recently...
Finally! An FCC Chairman For Radio (5/8/2017) - [Source: Radio Ink] …Admittedly, there are other things on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s agenda, like broadband and the massive TV spectrum auction, but he’s made it clear that radio will not be swept under the rug as it has been by FCC chairmen in the recent past. Here is our special NAB 2017 issue interview...
NAB Raises FM Disruption Concerns Again In Response To TV Repack Petition Opposition (5/8/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS’ reply to oppositions to its petition for reconsideration of the TV post-auction repack reiterates its position that the FCC take measures to protect FM stations from disruption by the work necessary to complete the channel changes. The reply hits back at opposition comments from T-MOBILE...
NAB to FCC: Spectrum Auction Petition Opponents Off Base (5/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters told the FCC that the opposition from wireless carriers to NAB’s petition to reconsider parts of its post-auction TV station repacking framework amounts to “depriving viewers and listeners of broadcast television and radio service for the benefit of a single nationwide wireless carrier that already has substantial spectrum...
Comcast, Charter partner to enter the wireless market (5/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Comcast and Charter will join forces as they take on the four major carriers in an extremely competitive U.S. wireless market… The announcement, which comes just days after the end of the FCC’s so-called quiet period following the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, also precludes both Charter and Comcast from making...
Transit Wireless will be ready to accommodate 600 MHz, FirstNet in New York City subway system (5/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Transit Wireless, the company charged with installing shared wireless infrastructure within hundreds of underground stations of the New York City subway, is preparing to not only accommodate carriers that won spectrum in the 600 MHz auction, but also to support FirstNet when that initiative is ready for it. Transit Wireless, a...
Comcast & Charter Seal Wireless Pact (5/8/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] Less than two weeks after the conclusion of the FCC’s mandated quiet period, Comcast and Charter have forged an alliance to pursue collaborative technology development in the wireless space. Additionally, the two companies have agreed not to sign any independent agreements with US national mobile carriers for a full year, precluding the...
Comcast/Charter JV Postpones Separate Deals For a Year (5/8/2017) - [Source: The Street] …The Trump administration’s anti-regulatory stance has stoked expectations that the government would approve consolidation. Meanwhile, companies such as Comcast, Dish (DISH) , T-Mobile USA (TMUS) and Verizon are just recently allowed to hold strategic talks. The parties participated in a recently concluded government auction of wireless spectrum, and had been restricted by...
Moore’s Law Gets a Phone Call (5/8/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] …Right now, the local broadcast TV industry is in the uncharted waters of FCC Spectrum Repack, ATSC 3.0 and UHD broadcasting. Where will all this change take the industry? Fact One: Repack doesn’t make viewers buy new TV sets and neither does ATSC 3.0. The LG Home Gateway prototype, for example,...
Registration Opens For ATSC Conference (5/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Registration is open for the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s ATSC 2017 Next-Gen Television Conference May 16-17 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington… The May 16 agenda includes: ATSC 3.0 and the Spectrum Repack, Brett Jenkins, Nexstar Technical Deep Dive on Advanced Emergency Alerting, Rich Chernock, Triveni Digital Next-Gen...
T-Mobile presses FCC to change 3.5 GHz framework to better align with 5G global requirements (5/5/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] T-Mobile USA’s top executives recently met with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as well as Commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Mignon Clyburn and their legal advisors, urging the FCC to promptly complete the licensing process for its 600 MHz licenses so that it can deploy 5G and LTE service on the spectrum as...
T-Mobile Using Parts of 600MHz Low-Band Spectrum to Build 5G Network (5/5/2017) - [Source: eWEEK] Today’s topics include T-Mobile getting ready to use its new low-band spectrum to provide 5G service; Google stressing its commitment to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation; Microsoft prepping Team and Office apps for classrooms; and Infosys putting the help wanted sign up for IT jobs. T-Mobile will build its upcoming 5G network...
Verizon seeks OK to test Phazr gear at 28, 39 GHz in Texas (5/4/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Verizon explained in a recent blog post that it didn’t bid in the 600 MHz incentive auction because it doesn’t need that spectrum. The company is focused on mid-band and millimeter-wave spectrum for growth, and it has sufficient spectrum holdings below 1 GHz. T-Mobile this week outlined plans to launch a nationwide...
T-Mobile’s 5G vision is largely powered by Nokia (5/4/2017) - [Source: PhoneArena] Earlier this week, T-Mobile announced that it is planning on building a nationwide 5G network using some of the 600MHz spectrum it won at the FCC auction. Playing a large role in the build out of the next-gen pipeline will be Nokia. In a press release, the latter let it be known that...
Auction Winner Seeks to Sell License (5/3/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] One of the stations that sold its spectrum in the FCC incentive auction is asking the FCC to allow it to sell the license and some associated assets–including must-carry rights on cable–it retained for another $10 million. The seller is Hero Licensco, which got $146.6 million for the 6 MHz worth...
T-Mobile Asks FCC to Reject Repack Reconsideration (5/3/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] T-Mobile has asked the FCC to deny broadcasters’ efforts to get the commission to reconsider parts of the post-incentive auction repack. In a March 17 petition for reconsideration filed at the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters said the commission made a number of mistakes in setting up the auction, including making...
Why Sprint Shares Plunged 14% Despite Solid Results (5/3/2017) - [Source: Fortune] …The other big rumor that’s been widely circulated revolves around Sprint merging with T-Mobile, the third-ranked wireless carrier, to create a more profitable, larger player while also possibly removing the incentive for the fierce price wars that have consumed the industry this year. Some expected talks might begin almost immediately after the year-long...
Sprint’s Son: I welcome the unlimited war (5/3/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Sprint has long been viewed as a potential M&A target, and speculation of a deal has heated up now that the FCC’s quiet period during the recent incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum has lifted. [Sprint Chairman Masayoshi] Son declined to offer much in the way of details regarding Sprint’s strategy,...
Sprint: We “welcome the unlimited war” (5/3/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …On the call with analysts, Sprint executives repeatedly indicated that they are satisfied with the company’s spectrum holdings and had no regrets about its lack of participation in the recently-closed 600 MHz auction. [Sprint CEO Marcelo] Claure said that the company has “more spectrum than most wireless carriers around the world” and...
Ericsson and Nokia to support T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G plan (5/3/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] With T-Mobile eyeing a 2020 nationwide 5G network launch with its 600 MHz spectrum portfolio supporting broad coverage, vendors Ericsson and Nokia agree that the 600 MHz band is a big opportunity. Many pre-standard 5G trials, including from Nokia and Ericsson, have focused on 5G in millimeter wave bands, which provide...
FCC Auction Challenge Gets Day in Court May 16 (5/3/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The judges have been picked for the ongoing legal challenge to the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction. On May 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument in the case of Free Access & Broadcast [FAB] Telemedia. It is the third of three cases being argued...
DISH Network To Use 600MHz Spectrum To Connect Devices (5/3/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] DISH Network will use the 600MHz spectrum it now owns to build a network focused on connecting things. The satellite provider is one of the biggest spenders in the recent incentive auction conducted by the FCC to sell the 600MHz frequency previously held by the TV broadcasters, with DISH Network spending $6.2...
T Mobile Reveals Bold Plan Of Nationwide 5g Across Us By 2020 (5/3/2017) - [Source: Droid Report] T-Mobile, the third largest US carrier has recently revealed that it would bring 5G to US within next three years. It has also mentioned that it would utilize its latest 600 MHz low-band spectrum to offer the service from one coast to another. The mobile carrier has also mentioned that it would...
Repack Software TVStudy v2.2.1 Released (5/2/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] TVStudy the software designed to repack all but possibly 12 of several thousand TV stations into 28 percent less spectrum, is now in version 2.2.1. The software, based on the digital television interference parameters in OET Bulletin No. 69, got the point-one tweak just two weeks after v2.2 was released, to correct...
FCC Releases New TVStudy Repack Software (5/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has released new TVStudy software it and stations are using to calculate interference and coverage areas in the repack of TV stations after the incentive auction. The software was issued by the Office of Engineering and Technology. The new version corrects what the FCC said were “a number of...
Station Trading Roundup: 3 Deals, $13.5M (5/2/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The sale by HERO Broadcasting of KBEH Oxnard, Calif., to Meruelo Media tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA/Kelsey. KBEH Oxnard, Calif. — PRICE: $10,000,000…  The station participated in the FCC’s incentive auction and as part of that auction, will be relinquishing the...
Zombie Station Goes For $10M In Los Angeles (5/2/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Hero Licenseco LLC, which sold the spectrum of KBEH Los Angeles for $146.6 million in the FCC incentive auction, now has a deal to sell that station’s spectrumless TV license with its must-carry rights to KWHY Los Angeles, Hero Licenseco LLC was among the broadcast companies that cashed in on the FCC incentive...
T-Mobile to Roll Out 5G Coverage in 2019 (5/2/2017) - [Source: The Street] T-Mobile (TMUS) said today that it intends to roll out a fifth-generation network (5G) in the U.S. in 2019, Reuters reports. The telecommunications firm added that it was targeting a nationwide 5G coverage offering by 2020. T-Mobile said the launch of the 5G network was fueled by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction...
Tech Manufacturers Face Headwinds — Again (5/2/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The 1,700 companies that populated last week’s NAB Show exhibition continued to experience relatively slow growth in the aggregate in 2016. But they look forward to spending resulting from the spectrum repack, ATSC 3.0 and the much discussed transition to IP. The media and entertainment technology manufacturing industry experienced compounded revenue growth of...
T-Mobile targeting 2020 for nationwide 5G network rollout (5/2/2017) - [Source: Phone Dog] …T-Mobile will begin deploying its 5G network in 2019. The magenta carrier is aiming to have a full nationwide 5G rollout in 2020. And while that’s still a ways off, T-Mo does have a plan for it. T-Mobile plans to use some of the 600MHz spectrum that it recently bought for its...
T-Mobile Promises ‘Nationwide’ 5G in 2020 With New Spectrum (5/2/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] T-Mobile says that it will use its new low-band spectrum holdings to help it deploy a nationwide 5G footprint in the US in 2020. T-Mobile US Inc. CEO John Legere and CTO Neville Ray reiterated plans to deploy mobile 5G in the US Tuesday, but added a new wrinkle: The operator will...
T-Mobile to roll out 5G over 600 MHz and other spectrum (5/2/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] T-Mobile outlined plans to launch a nationwide 5G network starting in 2019. And the carrier will use some of its newly acquired 600 MHz spectrum to help do it. The nation’s No. 3 wireless network operator was the top bidder in the FCC’s incentive auction that wrapped up a few weeks...
T-Mobile, CTIA urge FCC to ignore NAB’s plea to up funding, alter timeline for channel repack (5/2/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] T-Mobile and CTIA are imploring the FCC to dismiss the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) petition for reconsideration of the $1.75 billion funding and 39-month timeline for the incentive auction channel repack. Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of media relations for the NAB, said the timeline and budget conditions placed on...
T-Mobile says it will launch a nationwide 5G network in three years (5/2/2017) - [Source: The Verge] …While the news is light on details when it comes to what technologies the carrier will be employing for its 5G network (especially given that there is still no formal 5G standard, despite carriers’ eagerness to announce 5G news), T-Mobile does make a point that it will be using its recently acquired...
How T-Mobile’s Plan for Super Fast 5G Service Charts Its Own Path (5/2/2017) - [Source: Fortune] …T-Mobile also veered from prior industry plans with an a desire to include the 600 MHz spectrum it just won at a federal auction in its 5G service. AT&T (t) and Verizon’s trials use much higher frequencies: 28 GHz and 39 GHz. The so-called millimeter wave bands can carry far more information, but...
T-Mobile sheds light on 600MHz spectrum transition (5/2/2017) - [Source: PhoneDog] T-Mobile spent nearly $8 billion on 600MHz spectrum in all 50 states, and the magenta carrier has said that it plans to begin deploying those airwaves this year. While we wait for that to happen, T-Mo has shed a bit more light on the 600MHz spectrum transition process. A new animation shared by...
As Dish Network loses 143,000 TV customers, its pivot to wireless moves forward by targeting “internet of things” (5/1/2017) - [Source: Denver Post] …Last month, [Dish] won $6.2 billion worth of spectrum for national coverage during a Federal Communications Commission auction. The low-frequency, 600 MHz spectrum, previously used by broadcast TV stations, has better wireless penetration indoors. Ergen said Dish will use this to build a communications network for “internet of things” devices, from drones to autonomous vehicles,...
Dish focused on things, not people, during incentive auction: Ergen (5/1/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Dish Network focused on buying spectrum licenses in urban areas during the FCC’s incentive auction, CEO Charlie Ergen said Monday. And it is placing a high priority on the potential number of connected devices—not people—as it prepares to build a network dedicated to the Internet of Things. Dish spent $6.2 billion...
Verizon: T-Mobile needs low-band spectrum ‘desperately’ (5/1/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Verizon said it sat out of the FCC’s incentive auction because it had little use for any more low-band spectrum. And it said T-Mobile “desperately” needed the 600 MHz airwaves. The nation’s largest mobile network operator surprised many industry insiders when it opted to spend nothing in the auction that wrapped...
KCSM embroiled in legal spat over botched spectrum sale (4/30/2017) - [Source: San Francisco Chronicle] he Federal Communications Commission’s recently concluded auction of television airwaves netted 10 Bay Area broadcasters more than $825 million, creating unprecedented windfalls that will help many cash-strapped stations remain on the air for the foreseeable future. KCSM-TV, a station owned and operated by the San Mateo County Community College District, was...
T-Mobile Could Strike Wireless Deal With Dish, Amazon: Consultant (4/30/2017) - [Source: The Street] With the end of the Federal Communications Commission’s quiet period for participants in a recent wireless spectrum auction on Thursday, companies from Verizon Communications  (VZ) and T-Mobile USA   (TMUS) to Comcast Systems (CMCSA) and Dish Network (DISH) are able to conduct strategic talks. The companies have been locked out of such...
Verizon Chief Network Officer Palmer explains why Big Red sat out the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction (4/29/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] As we told you earlier this month, T-Mobile, Comcast and Dish Networks were the three big spenders during the FCC’s auction of 600MHz spectrum. As T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere pointed out, these airwaves are considered to be the equivalent of beachfront property since low-frequency spectrum can travel farther, and penetrate buildings better...
The Gleanings Of My NAB Week In Las Vegas (4/28/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …The next big date on the repack calendar is July 12. That’s when broadcasters who have to move to new channels and affected cable operators have to submit their cost estimates if they want to get reimbursed by the FCC. At the Wiley, Rein reception on Monday, I ran into two smart fellows...
Pai Pleases Broadcasters With Dereg Pledge (4/28/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …[FCC Chairman Ajit] Pai thrilled broadcasters [at the NAB Show] by promising to push the next-gen TV transmission standard, overhaul the Commission’s media regulations, take a fresh look at the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership ban and protect TV stations that now must move to new channel assignments because of the recent broadcast spectrum incentive...
‘Comcast stared into the wireless abyss and didn’t like what they saw,’ analyst says (4/28/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] With Comcast committing only $1.7 billion in the recent FCC incentive auction, there has been some speculation among underwhelmed analysts that the company might be eyeing the purchase of a wireless carrier like T-Mobile US rather than building its own network. Analyst Craig Moffett, however, proposed a different reality: Comcast, he...
FCC Announces Staff Changes for Post-Incentive Auction Transition (4/28/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] The Federal Communications Commission announces that Jean Kiddoo has been named Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force and that Hillary DeNigro will join her as Deputy Chair. Ms. Kiddoo takes over for Gary Epstein, who will retire from the Commission tomorrow after serving as chair of the Task Force since 2012. “Filling...
Charlie Ergen Gets Chance to Play Kingmaker as Deal Derby Begins (4/28/2017) - [Source: Bloomberg] It’s fitting that Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen is set to speak to Wall Street just as the wireless industry’s merger moratorium is lifted. His company’s massive stockpile of airwaves figures heavily in the speculation over who will buy whom. Dish reports earnings Monday, just days after the end of a government-imposed...
Comcast: No Immediate Plans for Newly Purchased Spectrum (4/27/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] Comcast shed a sliver of additional light on its recently purchased spectrum from recently concluded FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions now that the quiet period associated with it is over. While Comcast isn’t revealing any immediate plans for the spectrum, the company stressed Thursday (April 27) that its new mobile product, which will...
What Comcast bought and sold in the FCC auction (4/27/2017) - [Source: Philly.com] With the “quiet period” now over for the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction, Comcast Corporation shared Thursday what it’s sold and bought. The NBCUniversal broadcast division sold spectrum in Philadelphia (Telemundo-WWSI), New York (NBC – WNBC), and Chicago (Telemundo- WSNS) for $481.6 million – with the main TV services of each moving (via “channel...
Jean Kiddoo Named Chair of FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force (4/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] As expected, the FCC has named Jean Kiddoo chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force, heading up the post-incentive auction repack, the 39-month window for moving close to 1,000 TV stations to smaller spectrum quarters. Kiddoo succeeds Gary Epstein, who is exiting at the end of the month. Kiddoo has been...
FCC Makes Auction Task Force Staff Changes (4/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Jean Kiddoo has been named chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force, succeeding the retiring Gary Epstein, while Hillary DeNigro is appointed deputy chair. The FCC on Thursday announces that Jean Kiddoo has been named chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force and that Hillary DeNigro will join her as deputy chair. Kiddoo...
Love is in the air: M&A speculation heats up as FCC’s quiet period is set to lift (4/27/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Like teenagers at a school dance, wireless carriers and would-be service providers are anxiously waiting for the music to start. The FCC will lift its so-called “quiet period” later today following the wrap-up of the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, and analysts and industry insiders expect the M&A talk to...
Meredith Sees Local Gains Despite Weak Core (4/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Chairman-CEO Steve Lacy… said M&A is expected to open up in the wake of the spectrum auction and with the likely advent of ownership deregulation, and said that Meredith will be carefully watching events in the M&A marketplace. “We have been very successful before picking up stations, and especially when there have been major...
Channel Repack Takes Center Stage At NAB (4/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] With the FCC firing the starting gun on the TV spectrum repack two weeks ago, broadcasters and vendors alike at the NAB Show in Las Vegas appear to have come out of the starting blocks strong on their 39-month dash to relocate 987 U.S. stations and hundreds more in Canada and Mexico to...
Scripps: Chance Of Acquisitions Possible (4/25/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …[COO Adam] Symson says the spectrum auction has kept Scripps from being more active on the M&A front in the short term. But that doesn’t mean things will stay that way. “We are really well-poised now to take advantage of a hold-on-to-your-hat environment,” CFO and SVP Tim Wesolowski said. If Scripps’ M&A outlook...
Nexstar Sees More Acquisitions Ahead (4/25/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Now that the spectrum auction is over, [Nexstar CFO Tom] Carter also wants all broadcasters to lock arms and move forward on 3.0.  To that end, he called for his peers to get on board with a consortium Nexstar has formed with Sinclair. Through that consortium, the companies will ante up 2 MHz...
NAB 2017: FCC’s Pai Launching May Media Reg Review (4/25/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] FCC chairman Ajit Pai…  weighed in on the incentive auction, saying that part of the FCC’s post-auction repacking process was “to ensure the transition’s ultimate success, including a smooth and efficient repacking process.” Part of that is “making sure that no protected television broadcaster is forced to go dark due to circumstances...
FCC Chairman Will Introduce Review Of Media Regulations At May Meeting (4/25/2017) - [Source: Deadline / AP News] FCC Chairman Ajit Pai… assured broadcasters that he’ll be sensitive to their concerns about potential disruptions as the FCC re-arranges airwave signals following its recent auction of spectrum that stations agreed to sell to wireless broadband providers. “It’s critical to ensure the transition’s ultimate success, including a smooth and efficient...
Verizon’s Debt May Curb Its M&A Appetite (4/25/2017) - [Source: The Street / The Deal] …The communications world is readying for consolidation. In just days, the FCC will end a quiet period that prevents participants in a recent auction of wireless spectrum, ranging from the most of the big telecoms to Comcast (CMCSA) and Dish (DISH) , from strategic talks. Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s...
T-Mobile Says 600MHz Takes It Head-to-Head With ‘Duopoly’ (4/25/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] T-Mobile is intending to cover 321 million Americans with its LTE network by year’s end, as the operator gears up to start to deploy the 600MHz spectrum it recently won at auction. Earlier in April, T-Mobile US Inc. put up nearly $8 billion to become the big winner in the Federal Communications...
T-Mobile US stays strong, adds 1.1 million subs (4/24/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …In discussing the results of the recently closed 600 MHz auction, T-Mobile executives indicated that the carrier quadrupled its low-band holdings and that initial deployment of the spectrum will start this year. The carrier expects that handsets with 600 MHz support will be on the market in time for the 2017...
T-Mobile CTO Ray says Samsung will deliver a 600MHz enabled phone by the holidays (4/24/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] A tweet disseminated today by T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray confirms the carrier’s plans to quickly begin using some of the 600MHz spectrum it picked up at the FCC’s auction. As we’ve stated before, since it is low-frequency spectrum, it has the ability to travel farther and penetrate buildings better than high-frequency airwaves...
T-Mobile USA Added 1.1 Million Subscribers in the First Quarter, but Sales Missed Forecasts (4/24/2017) - [Source: The Street] …As the government quiet period limiting talks between participants in a recent spectrum auction ends Thursday, [T-Mobile CEO John]Legere suggested big changes afoot, which he said could include Alphabet’s  (GOOGL) Google or Amazon (AMZN) joining the mix of telecoms and cable service providers to some degree. The telecom said it earned $698...
T-Mobile adds 798K postpaid phone subscribers in Q1, posts record-low postpaid churn (4/24/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …T-Mobile bought 31 MHz of spectrum in the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves that wrapped up last week, quadrupling its low-band holdings. It won 45% of the spectrum sold during the event, and it expects at least 10 MHz covering more than 1 million square miles will be clear...
Amid merger talk, Sprint targets largest Texas expansion since the ‘90s (4/24/2017) - [Source: Dallas Business Journal] …Speculation about a Sprint and T-Mobile merger has ramped up recently, with a ban on negotiations related to the FCC’s spectrum auction set to expire April 27. It remains to be seen what Sprint’s Texas expansion will do for the company in the Lone Star State. In a release, it said...
NAB 2017: Gordon Smith Says Broadcasters Poised to Be Digital Convergence Players (4/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …In the wake of a spectrum auction where virtually all of the participating broadcasters plan to remain in the business, he said it remained clear who the highest and best users of spectrum remained—a phrase the FCC used to describe the goals of the auction—his audience. Smith also stood up for...
Sprint reportedly considering many options to leverage its 2.5 GHz spectrum (4/24/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Merger talks in the wireless industry have largely been forestalled by the so-called “quiet period” required by the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, but that moratorium will be lifted later this week. Sprint believes cable companies such as Comcast, Charter or Altice could be interested in its spectrum as...
Report: Sprint looks beyond T-Mobile US for deal (4/24/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Limitations on telecom merger talks by companies that participated in the recent 600 MHz spectrum auction will be lifted Thursday, which has prompted increased speculation on deals that might get done — with particular interest around Sprint, T-Mobile US and Dish Network. Sprint has used its spectrum assets as backing for debt, raising...
FCC Assigns Regional Repack Coordinators (4/22/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Federal coordinators have been appointed for each of 10 repack regions, plus two more each for translators and for low-power TV stations—a total of 14 all together. These individuals will serve as each station’s point of contact with the Federal Communications Commission throughout the post-auction TV channel repack process. These coordinators will...
NAB’s Gordon Smith on broadcasters’ agenda in the Trump era (4/21/2017) - [Source: Hollywood Reporter] Ahead of the NAB Show, which begins Saturday, the organization’s president and CEO discusses working with new FCC chairman Ajit Pai and the next steps following the spectrum auction. When the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention opens April 22 in Las Vegas, it will be the first NAB conference since Donald...
Ten FCC Staffers Named Regional Coordinators for Repack (4/21/2017) - [Source: Radio Magazine] The FCC has announced that 10 FCC staffers have been named regional coordinators for the 10 geographic regions into which the FCC has divided the post-incentive auction TV station repack for coordination purposes. That is according to a public notice issued April 20. Those regions are distinct from the 10 phases into...
Verizon remains comfortable with LTE, 5G spectrum position (4/21/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Verizon Wireless may have come out of the recent 600 MHz incentive auction empty handed, but the carrier remains confident it has the spectrum resources to continue supporting growing usage and its recently launched “unlimited” data plans. During a conference call with analysts following the release of its first-quarter financial results,...
Spectrum auction yields windfall for Bay Area TV broadcasters (4/20/2017) - [Source: San Francisco Chronicle] The Federal Communications Commission’s landmark wireless spectrum auction netted KQED in San Francisco a whopping $95,459,109 — but don’t expect the public media broadcaster’s next pledge drive to wrap up any sooner as a result. KQED and nine other Bay Area TV stations collectively brought in more than $825 million from...
Regional Coordinators Announced for Post-Auction Transition (4/20/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau (the Bureau) announce the assignment of Regional Coordinators to support broadcast television stations moving to new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction transition period. The Bureau is committed to ensuring a smooth and efficient post-auction transition. To enhance its ability to closely monitor the progress...
New GatesAir Maxiva Transmitter Series Fills VHF Void for Spectrum Repack (4/20/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] GatesAir announces a new VHF TV transmitter, the Maxiva VAXTE for NAB 2017. The new air-cooled transmitter series covers the entire VHF spectrum, making it perfect for broadcasters needing to change channels. While GatesAir takes the RF performance and low total cost of ownership crown for Band III (Channels 7-13) with...
What Top TV Techs Are Looking For At NAB (4/20/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Broadcast engineers and technologists headed to the 2017 NAB Show next week in Las Vegas have a lot on their plates, some of which — like the TV spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 —  that are to be expected, and others — like the cloud and virtualization — that are unfolding in a...
Spectrum Auction Guru Gary Epstein Exiting FCC (4/19/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] FCC Incentive Auction Task Force chair Gary Epstein will be exiting the agency at the end of the month, Epstein confirmed to Multichannel News. Epstein is the luncheon speaker at the Media Institute Wednesday (April 19), where he is expected to announce what will be his fourth “retirement” following years of government...
T-Mobile, Dish bolster spectrum positions, while Sprint, AT&T remain… (4/19/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Aggressive bidding activity by T-Mobile US and Dish Network helped bolster each company’s respective spectrum positions, according to a post-auction report complied by Allnet Insights & Analytics. T-Mobile US, which spent nearly $8 billion during the auction proceedings in acquiring a claimed 45% of all 600 MHz spectrum sold, came out...
What You Should Know Before NAB Starts (4/19/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] As the TV industry turns its attention to Las Vegas and the annual NAB Show (April 22-27) with its displays of the latest tech gear and sessions and speakers addressing a wide range of topics, get yourself up to date on the tech issues that will be front and center. Find all of...
FCC Final Rule Allows Channel-Sharing Outside Of Auction (4/18/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday issued a final rule allowing full-power and Class A stations with auction-related channel-sharing agreements to become sharees outside of the incentive auction context so that they can continue to operate if their auction-related agreements come to an end. In a final rule published in the Federal Register,...
Mapping T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast and AT&T: Who got how much 600 MHz spectrum and where? (4/18/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The nation’s two largest wireless carriers weren’t very active during the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves—Verizon, in fact, spent nothing. But many smaller operators and would-be service providers moved aggressively to add to their spectrum portfolios. As new maps from Mosaik illustrate, nobody was more aggressive than T-Mobile. T-Mobile...
Two San Diego TV stations to sell airwaves for use in wireless networks (4/18/2017) - [Source: San Diego Union-Tribune] Two small San Diego County TV broadcasters have agreed to sell their airwave licenses to wireless operators following a Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auction that wrapped up last week. UCSD-TV, run by UC San Diego, inked a deal to sell its low-power broadcast spectrum to T-Mobile for $24 million. The money...
GatesAir prepares for ATSC 3.0 future (4/18/2017) - [Source: Digital Studio Middle East] …“With the US spectrum repack underway, broadcasters will soon upgrade transmission systems to support channel changes—and many have ATSC 3.0 in their minds as a long-term business vision,” said Rich Redmond, Chief Product Officer, GatesAir. “As the ATSC 3.0 standards development accelerates toward adoption, the FCC has moved forward with...
Why Almost 1,000 TV Stations Are About to Shift Channels (4/18/2017) - [Source: Fortune] The Federal Communication Commission’s latest airwave license auction wrapped up last week with wireless carriers and others bidding nearly $20 billion for the rights to spectrum currently in use by 175 television broadcast stations. But the federal agency charged with overseeing the nation’s spectrum use now has an even bigger task ahead: reassigning...
TVNewsCheck’s List of Old, New Channel Assignments, Version 2 (4/18/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Once again I have emerged from the depths of Excel — this time with TVNewsCheck‘s  latest version of our chart of old and new channel assignments originally posted on Friday, April 14. I want to thank everyone for sending comments to point out problems with the initial version. As I mentioned when I...
Post Auction, Ergen Wireless Bet Now $21B (4/17/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Counting the $6.2 billion of spectrum he bought in the incentive auction, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has now shelled out more than $21 billion for spectrum. With sale and partnership possibilities limited, he may forge ahead alone with plans to provide the backbone for the so-called internet of things.This column originally appeared...
Fox’s WDCA Washington is Adopting a New Image (4/17/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Starting July 17, WDCA will be branded Fox 5 Plus, a tie-in to the name WTTG goes by – Fox 5. …The change comes as Fox prepares to move its programming from ch. 20 WDCA to WTTG’s spectrum (it is on ch. 5). Fox sold WDCA’s spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction for...
Dish Shares Fall On Spectrum Auction Bid (4/17/2017) - [Source: The Street] Shares of Dish Network (DISH) were falling nearly 4% during early afternoon trading on Monday after JPMorgan said the satellite broadcaster is less likely to be acquired following last week’s bidding for airwave spectrum. T-Mobile (TMUS)  captured the most spectrum in an auction of airwaves owned by local TV stations, with Dish Network coming...
Comcast made ‘half-hearted’ show at spectrum auction, analyst says (4/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Comcast’s $1.7 billion bid to acquire spectrum during the FCC’s just-completed Broadcast Incentive Auction is not representative of a cable operator fully committed to entering the wireless business, said MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. “Comcast won… I mean lost. Or played to a draws,” Moffett wrote in a Monday morning report to...
Bidders in the FCC’s forward auction spent vastly different amounts per license (4/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] With the FCC’s forward incentive auction now complete, providers who won licenses have differing amounts of new 600 MHz spectrum to bring to market. But the amount providers paid for those licenses varied wildly, with some companies paying more than 10 times as much per license as other companies in certain...
T-Mobile to launch 600 MHz spectrum support this year (4/17/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] T-Mobile US, which was the big spender in the Federal Communications Commission’s recently completed 600 MHz incentive auction, said it plans to put some of those low-band spectrum resources to work this year. As part of its vast haul of spectrum licenses, T-Mobile US said it’s expecting this year to have...
Spectrum auction might push down your cellphone bill (4/17/2017) - [Source: The Kansas City Star] TV signals are shifting to cell service, which might ultimately bring down your monthly wireless bill. Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission completed a reverse auction that peddled off surplus radio spectrum traditionally used for broadcasting television over the air. T-Mobile was the big buyer, meaning it has the potential...
With Spectrum Auction a Wrap, How Should NJ Spend Its $300M Proceeds? (4/16/2017) - [Source: NJ Spotlight] A recently completed nationwide auction of broadcast spectrum led by the federal government will net New Jersey $332 million, putting before lawmakers the question of exactly how a state with serious fiscal challenges should use the auction proceeds. According to the Federal Communications Commission, two of New Jersey’s four publicly owned television...
3 Things To Know After FCC’s Airwaves Auction (4/14/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday declared the big winners among companies bidding for spectrum in its long-anticipated incentive auction, and experts say despite some unmet expectations, the agency met its basic goal of repurposing spectrum while promoting new levels of competition. The FCC brought the landmark broadcast incentive auction to an official...
TV spectrum auction lands millions for RI PBS station (4/14/2017) - [Source: NBC 10 News] WSBE-TV, Rhode Island’s PBS television station, will receive $94.4 million to move its signal from its current position on the television spectrum to a lower spot. It was part of an incentive auction facilitated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as it tries to move all television signals lower on the...
LPTV Coalition Vows Legal Problems for Repack (4/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition has declared legal war on the FCC’s post broadcast incentive auction repack. “Bring on the Legal Cases,” said the coalition in an email Friday rallying the troops. LPTV stations were not allowed to participate in the auction—outside of Class A stations with protections similar to full powers—nor were...
2 Dayton-area TV stations sell spectrum to FCC for $47.3 million (4/14/2017) - [Source: Springfield News-Sun] Some TV stations are selling their broadcast frequencies to the federal government in exchange for millions in compensation. Two Dayton-area TV stations participated in a government auction. WBDT, or the Dayton CW, received $27.3 million and WKOI received just over $20 million, according to an FCC incentive auction list. The auction was...
WFMZ-TV expansion fueled by FCC auction (4/14/2017) - [Source: WFMZ-TV] In 2012, Congress passed the “MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT OF 2012.”  In that legislation, the FCC was mandated to reclaim up to 126MHz of TV spectrum to be used for the wireless data needs of smartphones and tablets. The FCC set up an auction process to provide incentives for...
Post-Auction TV Won’t Be That Different (4/14/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Praise the lord. Trinity Broadcasting earned more from the sale of a single station in the FCC incentive than any other broadcaster. Its WWTO Chicago brought in a whopping $304.3 million. Story continues after the ad And as a group, the religious broadcaster was No. 2 in auction loot, selling seven stations for...
List Of Stations Changing Channel Assignments In Repack (4/14/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] No doubt many in the TV industry are poring over yesterday’s FCC public notice and associated documents wrapping up the incentive auction and officially starting the 39-month clock to complete the TV spectrum repack. Count me among those who are a bit bleary-eyed after focusing on one such document: “Final Television Channel Assignment...
Top 10 bidders in the FCC’s 600 MHz forward incentive auction (4/14/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC wrapped up the forward portion of its incentive auction yesterday and announced which companies took home the most spectrum. Some industry giants, like T-Mobile and Comcast, invested heavily in the 600 MHz spectrum, while others, like Verizon, invested nothing at all. Those decisions will have lasting consequences for the...
Rhode Island PBS Selling Spectrum, Switching Signals For $94.4 Million (4/14/2017) - [Source: Rhode Island Public Radio] WSBE, Rhode Island’s PBS television station is auctioning part of its spectrum in exchange for $94.4 million. President of WSBE, David Piccerelli, made the announcement Thursday. The auction is part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Program. The FCC has asked television stations to give up their spectrums to...
Rpt: Verizon Considering Topping AT&T’s Bid For Straight Path (4/14/2017) - [Source: Fox Business News] …The wireless spectrum held by Straight Path is expected to play a large role in the latest 5G networks. Both AT&T and bigger rival Verizon have been conducting 5G trials… Separately, AT&T had made a $910 million bid in the broadcast airwaves spectrum sale in a government auction on Thursday, the...
PBS39, WFMZ in line for millions following broadcast auction (4/14/2017) - [Source: The Morning Call] Two Lehigh Valley broadcasters are in line for millions of dollars following an unprecedented auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission meant to repurpose prized broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use. In the auction, which the FCC announced the results of Thursday, the owner of PBS39 will receive $121.7 million...
Dielectric Amplifies RF Filter Portfolio for Over-The-Air Broadcasters (4/14/2017) - [Source: Radio World] Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, will show new innovations for RF filtering inside TV and FM radio transmission facilities at the 2017 NAB Show, taking place April 24-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Booth C2613). For TV systems, Dielectric will unveil a 60 kW tunable waveguide filter design that delivers a boost in...
Verizon and AT&T sat on their hands at auction, leaving the door open for small carriers and potential newcomers (4/14/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The nation’s two largest mobile network operators pretty much sat on their hands during the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum—and that left the door open for rural carriers and players that have yet to launch wireless services to walk away as winners. T-Mobile was the top bidder in the...
Mammoth Windfall Could Rebuild New Jersey Media (4/14/2017) - [Source: News Voices] …This week, the Federal Communications Commission announced the results of the national spectrum auction, which incentivized television stations to sell their airwaves. And New Jersey is set to receive a huge windfall from the auction. The state sold off two of its old public-media stations — WNJN in Montclair and WNJT in...
Broadcasters Start Repack Process (4/14/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Now the maneuvering begins, along a complicated route that runs through Washington, Wall Street and countless transmitter sites around the country as TV executives deal with the repercussions of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. First comes the actual payout of $10 billion to broadcasters who sold 84 MHz of spectrum plus divvying...
Noncoms: FCC’s Post-Auction Repack Threatens Debilitating Disruptions (4/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Noncommercial TV stations were some of the biggest winners in the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction, but associations representing noncommercial media are more focused on everyone else and what they said are “potentially debilitating service interruptions.” “America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS are working together...
FCC’s O’Rielly: Substantial Analysis Needed of Auction (4/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] There was plenty of praise for the FCC’s official conclusion of the broadcast incentive spectrum auction Thursday with a public notice full of stats relayed by FCC officials, but FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly was focused on what happens next for broadcasters. The FCC also announced the new channel assignments for the 957...
WLNS-TV isn’t going anywhere (4/14/2017) - [Source: WLNS-TV] As a result of the spectrum auction by the Federal Communications Commission, WLNS-TV will enter a channel sharing arrangement, which is largely a technical move. The station will retain its license and will remain on the air. That means 6 News will still be Here For You with our top-rated news, accurate weather forecasts,...
Broadcasters score $10B from FCC’s spectrum auctions (4/14/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] The FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions are complete, and 175 winning broadcasters will receive more than $10 billion. In all, 30 stations will move to a lower channel and 133 others will give up their licenses but will remain on air through channel-sharing agreements with non-winning stations. The FCC also announced the...
FCC raises $19.8 billion in broadcast incentive auction (4/14/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the closing of the broadcast incentive auction, which created a market for repurposing broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use. The FCC said it raised $19.8 billion through the auction. The Commission also said that it has kicked off a 39-month transition period to move...
WIVB isn’t ‘going off the air’ (4/14/2017) - [Source: The Buffalo News] Dominic Mancuso, the new general manager of WIVB-TV (Channel 4)… had to deal Thursday with… a confusing online report Thursday on a site many members read that initially suggested that Nexstar, the new owner of both stations, was going to take Channel 4 off the air after its frequency was sold...
Repack Notice Triggers Time, Money Fears (4/14/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Initial reaction from the broadcast technical ranks to yesterday’s FCC public notice closing the incentive auction and reassigning stations to new channels is deep concern that broadcasters will not be able to meet the 39-month deadline the government has imposed and do the job for less than the $1.75 billion it has to...
How Michael Dell Just Profited From the FCC’s Spectrum Sale (4/14/2017) - [Source: Fortune] …Dell’s personal investment fund, MSD Capital, has acquired more than 20 station since 2011, spending at least $90 million, according to the Wall Street Journal… each possessed an increasingly valuable commodity in the current mobile Internet boon: a license to use specific airwaves in the 600 MHz band. On Thursday, sales of those rights...
FCC spectrum auction means better wireless from T-Mobile (4/14/2017) - [Source: CNet] It’s a good time to be a wireless customer. Unlimited data is back. Prices are falling. And thanks to the conclusion of the Federal Communications Commission’s latest wireless spectrum auction, consumers could have a greater choice of carriers going forward. Thursday marked the end of the FCC’s Incentive Auction, which will shift valuable...
Media Explosion in RI – RI PBS Scores $94M, WPRO’s Parent Co. Collapse, Big Projo Changes (4/14/2017) - [Source: GoLocalProv] Rhode Island media has probably never seen more upheaval in a single week than this past one. What was up, is going down. And what was down just cashed a proverbial winning lottery ticket — and real questions are emerging about the future of some of the historically leading media. One company is...
Comcast buys $1.7B in wireless spectrum, paving the way for Xfinity cellphone launch (4/14/2017) - [Source: Philadelphia Inquirer] Comcast Corp. bought $1.7 billion in wireless spectrum controlled by TV broadcasters as part of a major reallocation of the nation’s airwaves for smartphones and mobile devices, the government said Thursday. Federal Communications Commission officials said in a conference call that 145 TV stations put spectrum up for sale nationwide but only...
Statement on FCC Incentive Auction (4/14/2017) - [Source: The CW Providence] While reporters, ownership groups, and businesses serving the stations struggle to digest the outcome of the FCC Incentive Auction, we can tell you that WLWC will continue to provide the exceptional CW programming and syndicated shows which we deliver to Providence viewers.  We WILL change channels as part of a channel-share...
KOCE To Expand Service With Auction Money (4/13/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The Los Angeles PBS outlet will continue on air, channel sharing with KSCI, and use its $49 million in auction proceeds to increase investment in PBS and other programming; invest in content production and broadband services that reach more audiences via mobile and web; restructure debt; and create an investment fund that generates...
T-Mobile, Dish bid combined $14 billion in U.S. airwaves auction: FCC (4/13/2017) - [Source: KELO] T-Mobile US Inc bid $8 billion and Dish Network Corp $6.2 billion to win the bulk of broadcast airwaves spectrum for sale in a government auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday. The two carriers accounted for most of the $19.8 billion in winning bids, the FCC said. Comcast Corp agreed...
New Jersey Sees $330 Million Windfall In Spectrum Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Tap Into Springfield] Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, today announced that New Jersey public broadcasting earned $331,951,636 in the Federal Communications Commission’s first broadcast incentive auction.  The auction was designed to market federally-controlled broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use. “This is good news for taxpayers and...
NBC Sells Spectrum of WNBC, WSNS, WWSI (4/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Comcast-NBCU won bids to sell spectrum in three top-10 markets, including flagship WNBC New York, Philadelphia (Telemundo affiliate WWSI) and Chicago (Telemundo affiliate WSNS). That was according to the FCC’s just-released list of winning bidders in the broadcast incentive auction. The company said in each case it was holding on to...
T-Mobile, Comcast Among Big Winners In FCC Airwaves Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Fortune] Wireless carrier T-Mobile, satellite TV service Dish Network, and cable giant Comcast were among the big winners in the latest federal airwave rights auction on Thursday. The federal government is hoping the new airwave rights will allow carriers to ease congestion on their mobile networks, which are increasingly overwhelmed by smartphone users watching...
NBC Telemundo Wins Big In FCC Auction With $481M, Followed By Univision At $411M (4/13/2017) - [Source: Forbes] Out of a total of 175 television stations that participated in the FCC reverse incentive auction, Telemundo station WNJU 47 in New York was one of the biggest winners, scoring a $214 million payout for its spectrum. Among the Spanish-language TV media companies, Telemundo got the most compensation for its relinquished spectrum –...
PBS SoCal KOCE raises $49 million in FCC spectrum auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Los Angeles Times] KOCE, the flagship PBS station for Southern California, will see a $49-million windfall from the auction of the public airwaves to companies with wireless networks. The Federal Communications Commission’s auction raised $19.8 billion from bidders that included T-Mobile, Dish and Comcast, the FCC announced Thursday. About $10 billion of that amount...
Joint Statement from APTS, CPB and PBS on FCC Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction and Repack (4/13/2017) - [Source: Corporation for Public Broadcasting] Today the FCC announced the results of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction and the channel reassignment schedule for individual television stations remaining on the air. America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS are working together to review and analyze the results, with the goal...
T-Mobile will get a big boost in LTE coverage with its 600 MHz spectrum purchase (4/13/2017) - [Source: Android Authority] T-Mobile normally makes a big deal about lowering the price of its smartphone plans, or special pre-order deals on upcoming devices. Today, the carrier has something else it wants to celebrate. It announced that it has acquired about 45 percent of the low-band 600 MHz spectrum that the Federal Communications Commission was auctioning off...
The government just wrapped a major auction that’ll shape the future of the Internet (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Standard Examiner] T-Mobile, Dish Network, Comcast and AT&T were among the biggest winners of a historic government auction of wireless airwaves, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday. The auction will transfer a significant amount of spectrum – the invisible radio waves that carry voice, video and data – from TV stations to companies...
Stations to Go Off-Air Following Frequency Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Inside Indiana Business] Three television stations in the Indianapolis market are moving to different parts of the frequency band as a result of voluntary federal auctions. The Federal Communications Commission has announced the owners of WNDY-TV Channel 23 and WCLJ-TV Channel 42 have agreed to sell their positions on the UHF band as part...
Dish Network again bids billions in FCC spectrum auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Denver Business Journal] The auction will, over the next 39 months, reassign under-used public TV airwaves for more productive use as broadband spectrum for mobile phones and other forms wireless internet. “Consumers are the real beneficiaries, as broadcasters invest new resources in programming and service, and additional wireless spectrum opens the way to greater...
FCC Sets TV Repack Deadlines (4/13/2017) - [Source: CommLawCenter] To use a metaphor those headed to Vegas for the NAB Show will appreciate, two of the three wheels on the Spectrum Repack slot machine had stopped spinning, and all eyes have since been anxiously watching that third and final wheel.  The first stopped spinning on January 13, 2017 when the Reverse Auction...
Milwaukee PBS station spectrum sells for $84.9M in auction to wireless firms; three other Milwaukee stations sell (4/13/2017) - [Source: Milwaukee Business Journal] An auction of television frequencies to wireless companies proved a financial bonanza for four Milwaukee TV stations including public television station WMVT-TV (Channel 36), which fetched $84.9 million. The other Milwaukee stations auctioning their frequencies were “My 24” WCGV-TV (Channel 24), $84.3 million; Christian programming outlet WVCY-TV (Channel 30), $76.3 million,...
With $6.2 Billion Spectrum Spree, Ergen Buys Himself Options (4/13/2017) - [Source: Bloomberg / Yahoo! Finance] Dish Network Corp. spent a surprising $6.2 billion on wireless airwaves in a government auction, a big splurge that did little to address questions about the endgame for billionaire Charlie Ergen’s satellite company. Only T-Mobile US Inc. bid more in the auction, spending $8 billion out of the $19.8 billion in...
The FCC just sold a chunk of the wireless spectrum to T-Mobile (4/13/2017) - [Source: Engadget] The results are in. After a year-long process, the Federal Communications Commission today announced the conclusion of its first-ever broadcast incentive auction, naming T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast and US Cellular as the biggest winners. T-Mobile threw down $8 billion to capture 45 percent of all low-band spectrum sold, meaning it now has the ability...
Frequently Asked Questions about the Results of the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Milwaukee PBS] What is the FCC broadcast incentive auction? With the proliferation of wireless technology, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the broadcast incentive auction to free up bandwidth for wireless uses. Every television station in the U.S. had the opportunity to participate in the voluntary auction. Why did MATC participate? In October 2015,...
Billions of Dollars in Spectrum Revenue a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to Strengthen Local Journalism (4/13/2017) - [Source: News Voices / Free Press] On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that payouts from its broadcast airwaves incentive auction, which raised $19.8 billion in total, would include $10.1 billion for 175 television stations that agreed to relinquish some or all of their channels. The FCC, which concluded the auction in February 2017, bought...
T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast Emerge As FCC Auction Winners (4/13/2017) - [Source: Law360] Wireless carrier T-Mobile spent nearly $8 billion to come out as the top winner in the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast incentive auction, the FCC said Thursday in bringing the auction to an official close, with Dish and Comcast clocking in second and third. The FCC released the final results of the auction after...
T-Mobile Just Picked Up the 600MHz “Spectrum Mother Lode” to Bring Their Network Everywhere (4/13/2017) - [Source: Droid Life] T-Mobile just made its largest investment ever by spending nearly $8 billion(!) to acquire 45% of the FCC’s available 600MHz low-band spectrum that was up for auction. This is the type of spectrum that penetrates buildings better and also reaches further from a tower, which in turn gives wireless customers a better overall...
CTA Applauds the FCC on Close of TV Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, in regards to the close of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) TV broadcast spectrum incentive auction. “Today, the FCC completed an important step in its mission to release more spectrum for wireless broadband – a critical resource...
T-Mobile Wins Big in FCC Spectrum Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: PC Magazine] The FCC on Thursday concluded its auction to repurpose spectrum that previously carried broadcast TV signals, and T-Mobile is the biggest winner. The wireless carrier spent $7.99 billion to acquire 45 percent of the newly-available spectrum in what the company says is its largest-ever investment. T-Mobile’s acquisition will quadruple its access to...
Statement of FCC Chairman Pai on the Completion of the Incentive Auction and the Start of the Post-Auction Transition Period (4/13/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement regarding the Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus’ release of the Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice. “Today marks a major accomplishment for the Commission: the ‘auction’ portion of the world’s first incentive auction is officially over. The...
Incentive Auction Watchers, Participants, Weigh In on FCC Data Dump (4/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Interested parties were celebrating the FCC’s release of a raft of data on who won what in the recent broadcast incentive auction, as well as next steps and timelines for repacking TV stations after the auction. “NAB congratulates the Commission and its staff on bringing the TV auction to a successful...
T-Mobile Spends $8 Billion to Upgrade Its Wireless Network (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Mac Observer] T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a chunk of the wireless airwave spectrum, spending US$8 billion to expand its network. It acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range. That’s a low frequency spectrum that can travel longer distances, and it’s considered high quality—the kind of high quality...
Milwaukee Area Technical College to Receive $84.9 Million From FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Milwaukke PBS] Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) announced today that it will receive one-time proceeds of $84,931,314 as a result of its voluntary participation in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadcast incentive auction, created to free up bandwidth to accommodate the growing capacity needs for wireless technology. MATC’s District Board – the license holder...
Incentive Auction Watchers, Participants, Weigh In on FCC Data Dump (4/13/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] Interested parties were celebrating the FCC’s release of a raft of data on who won what in the recent broadcast incentive auction, as well as next steps and timelines for repacking TV stations after the auction. “NAB congratulates the Commission and its staff on bringing the TV auction to a successful conclusion,”...
$19.8 billion airwaves auction may mean better cell service (4/13/2017) - [Source: Learning and Finance] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that T-Mobile US Inc, Comcast Corp, Dish Network Corp and U.S. Cellular Corp were among the largest buyers of spectrum in an $19.8 billion broadcast airwaves auction. (NYSE: S) had already said it had enough spectrum and wouldn’t participate. U.S. Cellular said in...
T-Mobile acquires 45% from the low-band spectrum auction for nearly $8 billion (4/13/2017) - [Source: Neowin] For the past couple of years, T-Mobile has pushed past its rivals with its Un-carrier moves that have consistently allowed the company to grow and outperform its competitors. While the carrier has struggled in the past to acquire additional spectrum for its service, this year, it has made an impressive declaration by acquiring...
Three local TV stations net $55 million in FCC spectrum auction—but will stay on air (4/13/2017) - [Source: Indianapolis Business Journal] Three local television stations—WNDY, WHMB and WCLJ—scored a combined $55 million from a Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction. Results of that auction were released Thursday. Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. will be paid $17.8 million to relinquish the spectrum where WNDY-TV Channel 23 resides. Stations that relinquish their spectrum in the auction must...
Why Verizon didn’t buy any 600 MHz spectrum, and what it means for Big Red (4/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC disclosed the results of the 600 MHz incentive auction, and perhaps the biggest surprise was the complete lack of participation by Verizon. What this means, at least immediately, is that Verizon won’t be able to augment its current coverage with the low-band 600 MHz licenses that are ideal for covering...
Comcast Corporation Statement on FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction Results (4/13/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] The FCC today announced the results of the Reverse and Forward auctions of its Broadcast Incentive Auction. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) participated in both auctions. In the Reverse Incentive Auction, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations relinquished spectrum in three of its duopoly markets – New York (NBC – WNBC), Philadelphia (Telemundo – WWSI), and...
T-Mobile Grabbed 45% of the Auctioned 600MHz Spectrum (4/13/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] Leading up to the Incentive Auction, T-Mobile had been touting that they were going to essentially clean house in this auction. Seeing as they had the least amount of low-band spectrum, they needed this spectrum more than their competitors and they showed up in a big way. T-Mobile announced that they picked...
Consumer FAQs: TV Spectrum Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] The Federal Communications Commission recently held a spectrum auction to help improve and expand wireless services across the country to meet the ever-increasing needs of American consumers for faster, higher capacity mobile broadband services. In the auction, TV broadcasters could voluntarily give up their current broadcast channel in exchange for a share of...
Repack Reax (4/13/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The incentive auction officially closed today and the TV channel repack officially began with the issuance of the Federal Communications Commission’s “Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice,” which brought a round of reactions from broadcasters, observers and administrators. Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters: “NAB congratulates...
NBC Makes Over $480 Million From Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] NBC was among the broadcasters reaping hundreds of millions from selling spectrum in the FCC incentive auction, according to detailed auction results released by the FCC this afternoon. Somewhat surprising, NBC sold the spectrum of its flagship WNBC New York  for $214 million. In addition, it sold the spectrum of two Telemundo stations...
Comcast’s $1.7B in spectrum bids falls below expectations (4/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Comcast spent only $1.7 billion to acquire spectrum during the FCC’s just-completed Broadcast Incentive Auction, coming in short of analyst projections. Purchasing through CC Wireless Investment, Comcast bought 10 MHz of spectrum covering about 145M POPs in its own footprint within New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia. MoffettNathanson analyst had...
Results of FCC’s 600MHz auction are in, T-Mobile wins nearly half of all spectrum sold (4/13/2017) - [Source: PhoneDog] There’s some big wireless news out today, as the FCC has announced the results of the 600MHz spectrum auction that kicked off last year. The FCC says that there were a total of 50 winning bidders and $19.8 billion in bids. There was 70MHz of licensed spectrum up for grabs, and a total...
T-Mobile just spent $8 billion to get signal across the entire country (4/13/2017) - [Source: BGR / Yahoo! Tech] T-Mobile: great prices, meh coverage. Thats been the general consensus for years, but things are about to change in a massive way. The results of the FCCs low-band spectrum auction just came out, and T-Mobile is the biggest spender by a country mile. The carrier spent $8 billion to buy...
FCC Spectrum Auction Results: Winners Of Low-Band Spectrum Include T-Mobile, Comcast, Dish Network (4/13/2017) - [Source: International Business Times] The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday the winners of its spectrum auction, which includes T-Mobile, Dish Network and Comcast. The auction of radio frequencies netted the U.S. government a total of $19.8 billion as it handed out licenses to mobile carriers and internet service providers that placed bids. T-Mobile walked away with...
T-Mobile, Dish & Comcast Big Winners in $19.8B 600MHz Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] T-Mobile has made good on its promise to be the big winner in the 600Mhz low-band spectrum auction spending nearly $8 billion to grab what the operator says is 45% of the total TV spectrum on offer. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the results of the 600MHz “Incentive Auction” on Thursday...
FCC’s TV Airwaves Auction Drew $19.8 Billion, Led by T-Mobile (4/13/2017) - [Source: ADVFN] T-Mobile US Inc., Dish Network Corp. and Comcast Corp. were among the top buyers in the U.S. government’s auction of airwaves, which drew $19.8 billion in bids. The results, announced Thursday, showed that T-Mobile was the biggest spender at $8 billion. It was followed by Dish, which spent $6.2 billion, and Comcast with...
T-Mobile dominates spectrum auction, will boost LTE network across US (4/13/2017) - [Source: Ars Technica] T-Mobile USA was the biggest winner in an auction that shifted licenses in the 600MHz spectrum band from TV broadcasters to the cellular industry. T-Mobile will pay $7.99 billion for 1,525 licenses spread throughout the country, according to the results announced today. T-Mobile boasted in a press release that it won 45 percent of...
FCC Announces Airwaves Auction Results, T-Mobile, Dish bid $14 billion (4/13/2017) - [Source: CDR Info] T-Mobile US Inc bid $8 billion and Dish Network $6.2 billion to win the bulk of broadcast airwaves spectrum for sale in a government auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday. At $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70MHz of spectrum, the incentive auction is among the highest grossing auctions...
PBS SoCal KOCE to Invest $49 Million Earned from FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction to Expand Its Free Services across Southern California (4/13/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] PBS SoCal KOCE, the flagship PBS station for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, announced it earned $49 million through its participation in the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction and will invest these one-time revenues in expanding its mission across the region. There will be no change for viewers; PBS SoCal will continue...
T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast and AT&T Among Top Spenders in FCC Wireless Spectrum Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Street] T-Mobile USA (TMUS) , Dish (DISH) , Comcast (CMCSA) and AT&T (T)  were among the top spenders at a government wireless spectrum auction that raised nearly $20 billion, the FCC announced on Thursday. The FCC’s incentive auction allowed TV station owners to sell their broadcast spectrum licenses to wireless carriers, with the...
T-Mobile Grabs Most Auction Spectrum; Dish A Surprise No. 2 (4/13/2017) - [Source: Investor’s Business Daily] T-Mobile US (TMUS) won the lion’s share of airwaves Thursday in a TV spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission, spending $8 billion to capture nearly 45% of the available radio spectrum. T-Mobile bought 31 MHz of the low-band spectrum. Satellite broadcaster Dish Network (DISH) was close behind, spending $6.2 billion,...
Analyst: Comcast Bought Less Spectrum Than Expected (4/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Comcast spent a lot less for spectrum than expected in incentive auctions, MoffettNathanson’s Craig Moffett concluded in a research note issued Thursday soon after the auction results were posted. Moffett said he expected Comcast to fork out about $6 billion net of proceeds from the reverse auction, but ended up spending just $1.7...
T-Mobile just spent nearly $8 billion to finally put its network on par with Verizon and AT&T (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Verge] T-Mobile has made an enormous investment in wireless spectrum in a very expensive bid to put its LTE network on par with Verizon’s and AT&T’s. The carrier is spending almost $8 billion to acquire more than 1,500 wireless licenses that span across the United States. The licenses are for spectrum in the...
FCC Announces Results Of World’s First Broadcast Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the closing of the broadcast incentive auction, which created a first-of-its kind market for repurposing valuable broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use. At $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70MHz of spectrum, the incentive auction is among the highest grossing auctions ever conducted by the FCC....
T-Mobile US, Dish, Comcast dominate 600 MHz incentive auction, Verizon a no-show (4/13/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] T-Mobile US, Dish Network and Comcast walked away as the highest bidders in the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction process, with the three accounting for $15.9 billion of the auction’s $19.8 billion in net proceeds. T-Mobile US led the charge, with the nationwide operator posting nearly $8 billion in...
CFA Commends The Results Of The FCC’s Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Public] The following statement is attributed to Dr. Mark Cooper, Research Director of the Consumer Federation of America in response to today’s public notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcing the results of the incentive auction. ‘Today, the FCC completed an important step in its quest to release more spectrum for wireless broadband,...
With Auction Now Complete, FCC Should Quickly Repack Spectrum So It Can Be Put To Use (4/13/2017) - [Source: Public] The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a leading science- and tech-policy think tank, today released the following statement from Senior Telecom Policy Analyst Doug Brake urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and broadcasters to keep the forward momentum as the incentive auction ends: The results of the FCC’s incentive auction are in,...
T-Mobile, Dish and Comcast top bidders in incentive auction while Verizon looks on (4/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] T-Mobile was the top bidder in the FCC’s incentive auction, agreeing to pony up nearly $8 billion to acquire 600 MHz spectrum. And the nation’s largest carrier was nowhere to be seen. Dish Network, which already sits atop a pile of mid-range spectrum and has announced its intentions to build an...
Here Are The FCC’s Incentive Auction Results (4/13/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] In an afternoon press briefing held Thursday (4/13), the final results of the FCC’s first-of-its-kind incentive auction were officially shared with the public. Incentive Auction Task Force Chair Gary Epstein, Deputy Chair Jean L. Kiddoo, and Senior Advisor Charlie Meisch discussed some of the highlights — and details — of “Auction...
T-Mobile, Dish Network, And Comcast Won Spectrum In FCC Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Deadline Hollywood] T-Mobile, Dish Network, Comcast, and US Cellular are among the biggest winners of spectrum from the government auction of airwaves currently being used by broadcasters, the FCC said today in a report that officially wraps up the sale process. “There are three big surprises here,” says MoffettNathanson Research’s Craig Moffett. “Comcast bought less...
T-Mobile says it won 45% of the 600MHz spectrum auctioned off by the FCC (4/13/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] The process seemed to take forever, but the results were as expected. According to a video just disseminated by T-Mobile CEO John Legere, the nation’s third largest carrier ended up winning 45% of the 600MHz spectrum put up for auction by television broadcasters. If you’ve been reading our coverage of the FCC...
Stations Set to Reap $10 Billion as FCC Closes Auction of Broadcast Airwaves (4/13/2017) - [Source: Variety] The FCC has closed a first-of-its-kind auction of broadcast airwaves that will see a shakeup in channel lineups in many markets, as stations are reaping a total of $10.05 billion to give up their spectrum. A total of 175 stations stations broadcasters won bids and will give up their spectrum, the FCC said...
T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast among largest buyers in FCC auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Hill] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday announced the results of its first broadcast incentive auction, with the sale generating $19.8 billion. “The conclusion of the world’s first incentive auction is a major milestone in the FCC’s long history as steward of the nation’s airwaves,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “Consumers are...
T-MOBILE US, INC. (NASDAQ:TMUSP) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material… (4/13/2017) - [Source: 4-traders] On April 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC) announced that T-Mobile US, Inc. (the Company) was the winning bidder for 1,525 licenses in the 600MHz spectrum auction for an aggregate purchase price of $7.99 billion. At the inception of the auction process in June 2016, the Company deposited $2.20 billion with...
T-Mobile’s Spectrum Haul is a Game Changer for Wireless Consumers (4/13/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] Buckle up, carriers. It’s about to get real. T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today just confirmed the Un-carrier’s jaw-dropping results from the recently concluded and successful 600 MHz FCC spectrum auction. The Un-carrier won 45% of all low-band spectrum sold, covering 100% of the US and Puerto Rico and enabling the Un-carrier to compete...
T-Mobile just won the keys to supercharging its network (4/13/2017) - [Source: CNET] T-Mobile, Dish Network and cable giant Comcast emerged as the big winners in the government’s wireless spectrum auction. The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday announced the winners of its $19.8 billion spectrum auction. T-Mobile spent $8 billion and won the biggest number of licenses, according to the FCC. Dish Network came in second,...
NAB Statement On Incentive Auction Results (4/13/2017) (4/13/2017) - [Source: Public] In response to the announcement by the FCC of the results of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement may be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith ‘NAB congratulates the Commission and its staff on bringing the TV auction to a successful conclusion. While today marks a major milestone, the...
T-Mobile, US Cellular Named FCC Incentive Auction Winners (4/13/2017) - [Source: PhoneScoop] The FCC today marked the official end of the incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The agency said 50 wireless companies bid a cumulative $19.8 billion on some 70 MHz of spectrum that was put on offer by 175 television stations. In total, the FCC sold some 2,776 licensed spectrum blocks. An additional...
WGBH, WLVI reap huge windfall in sale of broadcast spectrum (4/13/2017) - [Source: Boston Globe] Public television organization WGBH and Channel 7 owner Ed Ansin are among the Massachusetts broadcasters receiving windfalls from a government-brokered auction of broadcast frequencies sought by wireless carriers, according to auction results announced Thursday. WGBH will receive $218.7 million in exchange for moving the signals of its WGBH 2 and WGBY 57...
At&t Inc. Files (8-k) Disclosing Other Events (4/13/2017) - [Source: Equities] AT&T Inc. (referred to as “AT&T,” “we,” or “our”) stated in our Form 10-K filed on February 17, 2017, that our commitment to purchase 600 MHz spectrum licenses for which we submitted bids is expected to be more than satisfied by the deposits made to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the third...
FCC Announces Results of World’s First Broadcast Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice; Incentive Auction Closes; Reverse Auction and Forward Auction Results Announced; Final Television Band Channel Assignments Announced; Post-Auction Deadlines Announced
FCC: Almost 1,000 Stations Will Have To Move (4/13/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Following the official end of its broadcast incentive auction, the FCC today announced that 957 stations will have to change channels to clear the spectrum sold to wireless carriers. The first group of stations to move channels is scheduled for Nov. 30, 2018. Stations are required to provide 30 days’ notice, and the...
US-WIRELESS/AUCTION-T-Mobile, Comcast, Dish acquire spectrum in airwaves auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Business Insider / Reuters] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that T-Mobile US Inc , Comcast Corp, Dish Network Corp and U.S. Cellular Corp were among the largest buyers of spectrum in an $19.8 billion broadcast airwaves auction. The FCC said 175 broadcast stations were selling airwaves to 50 wireless and other...
FCC Could Announce Spectrum Auction Results Today (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Street] The Federal Communications Commission could announce the results of the auction of $19.8 billion in publicly owned spectrum as early as Thursday, Reuters reports. Companies like AT&T  (T) , Verizon  (VZ) , Dish Network  (DISH) and Comcast  (CMCSA) bid on the spectrum in order to build new networks or improve existing coverage. Last year, 62 companies made...
Giant FCC spectrum auction raises $19.8 billion, sets up 5G services (4/13/2017) - [Source: CIO / IDG News Service] A U.S. Federal Communications auction of repurposed television spectrum has raised US$19.8 billion and will pave the way for mobile carriers to offer faster and more reliable service across the country. The 70MHz in new spectrum available will allow carriers to provide fast 5G service in coming years, FCC...
FCC Auction’s Biggest TV Station Payout: $304 Million (4/13/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] A total of 175 TV stations got payouts for giving up spectrum, and 50 wireless bidders—including Comcast/NBCU and Dish—got that spectrum, with the largest single TV station payout $304 million. The largest payout for a noncommercial station was $194 million. That is according to the broadcast incentive auction public notice (PN) that...
FCC could announce spectrum results as early as Thursday (4/13/2017) - [Source: Reuters] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may announce the winners of the government’s $19.8 billion spectrum auction as early as Thursday, industry officials told Reuters. The broadcast incentive spectrum auction is one of the commission’s most complex and ambitious to date attracting wireless and other telecommunications companies who are buying television airwaves from broadcasters...
WHTV going off-air due to FCC spectrum auction, other channels affected (4/12/2017) - [Source: MLive] …The development comes as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction, part of the FCC’s efforts to redistribute spectrum usage rights in the U.S. The incentive auction, which began March 29, 2016, is “a means of repurposing spectrum by encouraging licensees to voluntarily relinquish spectrum usage rights in exchange for a...
Carrier Wrap: Policy, 5G, IoT and video challenges facing CCA members (4/12/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] On this week’s “Carrier Wrap” we speak with Steve Berry, CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association, on challenges and opportunities facing CCA carrier members… Berry also claimed the recently closed 600 MHz incentive auction was a success for the industry, with hope that mobile operators would soon gain access to the...
Qualcomm : Turns Its Attention to Enabling 600 MHz Devices (4/12/2017) - [Source: 4-traders.com] Nokia and Ericsson have already said they have operators covered for 600 MHz network equipment, and now it seems Qualcomm is stepping up with enabling technology on the handset side of things. In a blog post last week, Qualcomm SVP of Product Management Jim Tran noted the company`s Snapdragon X20 LTE modem and...
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: GatesAir (4/11/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] GatesAir [NAB booth N2613] will showcase a new high-efficiency UHF transmitter range to help broadcasters leverage the new business opportunities promised through the spectrum repack and the ATSC 3.0 DTV standard. The new Maxiva ULXTE liquid transmitter joins the recently-announced UAXTE air-cooled transmitter to give broadcasters two design options with market-leading RF performance and the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership. The ULXTE and UAXTE are optimized for channel changes driven...
CCA Mobile Carriers Show 2017 highlighted policy, operational challenges and opportunities (4/11/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] CCA CEO Steve Berry spoke with RCR Wireless News on the numerous changes that have come out of the Federal Communications Commission since a change in leadership earlier this year… Berry also stated the trade group sees the recently completed 600 MHZ incentive auction as a success for the industry and...
GatesAir Brings To Market Air-Cooled Transmitter Series For VHF (4/11/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] A seamless move to new VHF channel assignments in the upcoming TV spectrum repack won’t be the easiest of tasks. GatesAir is doing its part to make the transition as seamless as possible. An air-cooled transmitter series that covers the entire VHF spectrum, Maxiva VAXTE, is ready for its official launch,...
GatesAir and Qligent Strengthen Maxiva™ StreamAssure as Spectrum Repack Advances (4/11/2017) - [Source: IABM] …Rich Redmond, chief product officer at GatesAir [says,] “Given the many challenges and complexities that the spectrum repack will bring to broadcast operations, along with migration to ATSC 3.0, this technology has come to fruition to solve problems for our customers at the ideal time.” Working with GatesAir to evolve StreamAssure, Qligent has...
Broadcasters Keep Pushing For Post-Auction Flexibility (4/7/2017) - [Source: Law360] The National Association of Broadcasters has continued to push the Federal Communications Commission for greater flexibility for TV stations transitioning after the broadcast incentive auction, saying Thursday the FCC should be sensitive to service changes. The group told FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that the agency should “adopt a flexible, balanced approach to repacking...
NAB Executives Get Personal With FCC on Repack Issue (4/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] A tag team of National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith and general counsel Rick Kaplan met with FCC chairman Ajit Pai April 4 to talk about the repack of TV stations after the incentive auction. The FCC is expected in the next week or so to release the public notice...
NAB Reiterates Repack Concerns To Pai (4/7/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] In a meeting on Tuesday with the chairman, the association is worried about the 39-month deadline to move to new channel assignments as well as “the potentially significant impact the repack will have on non-repacked broadcasters.” NAB officials met with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai this week to address broadcasters’ concerns surrounding the repack...
Comcast Unveils Wireless Plan: Competition to Intensify (4/7/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ / Zacks] …Earlier, Comcast stated a futurepossibility of the MVNO agreement being extended with Sprint Corp. S and other wireless operators. Importantly, the company took part in the recently concluded 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission. Yesterday, Comcast clarified that its upcoming entry in the U.S, wireless...
Comcast turns to flexible mobile tariffs to defend against AT&T, Verizon content push (4/7/2017) - [Source: Total Telecom] …Comcast was also one of the participants in the recently-concluded 600-MHz incentive auction; however, the assignment phase of the process is still ongoing, which prevents Comcast discussing any plans around using its own airwaves. Dave Watson, CEO of Comcast Cable, said that while Xfinity Mobile does give it an opportunity to attract...
T-Mobile Paints Rosy Repack (4/6/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] T-Mobile says the government’s TV channel-repacking methodology will beat expectations. “Likely less than 800 full-power TV stations will need to be repacked. It appears the FCC’s repacking optimization was better than T-Mobile and other participants in the proceeding anticipated,” the carrier said in an ex parte presentation to Federal Communications Commission staff...
Comcast to sell “unlimited” mobile plans that get throttled after 20GB (4/6/2017) - [Source: Ars Technica] …Though Comcast is relying on Verizon Wireless for cellular data, the cable company could end up building its own cell towers, as it may obtain some spectrum from the latest government auction. But Comcast really wants to lean on Wi-Fi. Most smartphone data usage is on Wi-Fi to begin with, and that proportion could increase...
Comcast giving cellphone service another try (4/6/2017) - [Source: The Register-Guard] …Comcast is believed to be both a buyer and seller of wireless spectrum in the Federal Communications Commission’s recent spectrum auction that repurposed some TV airwaves for the wireless industry. Industry experts say that Comcast may have sold airwaves controlled by its NBC and Telemundo TV stations. It also may have acquired...
Comcast’s Unlimited Data Phone Plans Will Start at $45 a Month for its Best Customers (4/6/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Comcast took part in an FCC auction of mobile spectrum licenses that could add to its wireless holdings. Bidding concluded recently, and the government will announce winners in the coming weeks. Comcast said it could not discuss the auction because of a quiet period, but the cable operator could deploy its new spectrum as part...
Comcast, ‘the worst company in America’, just launched cellular service (4/6/2017) - [Source: Android Central] Comcast is launching cellular service through its Xfinity subbrand in partnership with Verizon… And while the company is entirely a wireless MVNO right now, working exclusively with Verizon, it has bid in the now-closed 600MHz wireless auction, so it’s possible it could launch 4G LTE service of its own in the near...
Pai To Boost Priority Of Economic Analysis (4/5/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …[FCC Chairman Ajit] Pai cited the commission’s recent spectrum incentive auction as “the most notable example of good economics guiding good policy at the commission, but hardly the only one.” While the use of reverse and forward auctions was initially proposed by an FCC staff economist, “the FCC’s first-rate economists are not always used...
Dielectric To Unveil High-Power Broadband Pylon Antenna With ATSC 3.0-Ready Technology At 2017 NAB Show (4/5/2017) - [Source: Digital Broadcasting] …[Dielectric’s TFU-GTH-BB antenna’s] exceptional channel capacity will be particularly useful as a solution to allow multiple stations sharing a common tower to now consider sharing a common antenna—anticipated as a frequent situation coming out of the Spectrum Repack. This array offers the bandwidth characteristics of a panel antenna with a fraction of...
Raycom Said to Be Close to Buying WVUE in New Orleans (4/4/2017) - [Source: Ad Week] …“The agreements, forged on Dec. 12, 2013, gave Raycom the option to buy WVUE at a later date,” says [Radio+Television Business Report]. “Now that the spectrum auction has closed, Raycom has exercised its option and is ready to take on the Crescent City’s home for Peter Griffin, Homer Simpson and 34-year veteran...
Repack Triggers $3.9M American Tower Order to Dielectric (4/4/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] Dielectric recently announced that American Tower Corporation has placed a $3.9 million order for TFU-WB broadband, side-mount antennas and transmission line in preparation for the impending U.S. DTV spectrum repack. The TFU-WB is a newly-developed, low-cost, side-mount UHF broadband pylon-type antenna that is both ATSC 3.0 and DVB-T2 ready.Compared to UHF...
New GatesAir Maxiva™ Transmitter Series Fills VHF Void for Spectrum Repack (4/4/2017) - [Source: IABM] GatesAir has taken the lead in helping broadcasters seamlessly move to new VHF channel assignments during the TV spectrum repack with the Maxiva™ VAXTE, a new air-cooled transmitter series that covers the entire VHF spectrum. While GatesAir takes the RF performance and low total cost of ownership crown for Band III (Channels 7-13)...
Focus On TV Spectrum Repack at 2017 NAB Show (4/3/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Job one for TV broadcasters at the 2017 NAB Show will be planning for the TV spectrum repack, which is upon them. A close second will be next-gen TV service based on the ATSC 3.0 standard. While reimbursements from the $1.75 billion Broadcast Relocation Fund may not be used to upgrade the RF...
Focus On ATSC 3.0 At 2017 NAB Show (4/3/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] TV broadcasters attending the 2017 NAB Show will travel to Las Vegas with two industry-transforming topics in mind: TV spectrum repack and the approaching rollout of next-gen TV based on the ATSC 3.0 standard. Like it or not, the two are intertwined -so much so that at times it can be tough to tell where...
New Comcast Wireless Details Drop This Week (4/3/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …The FCC finally closed out its auction for the 600MHz broadcast TV spectrum late last week, and at least one financial analyst believes Comcast will emerge as one of the top bidders in that event. UBS analyst John Hodulik is predicting that Comcast will walk away with 20MHz of new spectrum at...
Ericsson plans Q3 launch of MIMO-enabled 600 MHz equipment (4/3/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Ericsson wasted little time in staking its claim of support for telecommunication operators that won 600 MHz spectrum licenses in the Federal Communications Commission’s recently concluded incentive auction proceedings. The vendor said it planed to have a “suite” of 600 MHz products ready for commercial deployment by the third quarter of...
Ericsson, Nokia stand ready for 600 MHz deployments (4/3/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Both Nokia and Ericsson said they’re ready to provide commercial gear for operators’ 600 MHz spectrum, with Ericsson promising its equipment will be ready by the third quarter and Nokia saying it’s already completed the first prestandard testing of 600 MHz on commercially-available hardware. Naturally, operators are eager to get their...
Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission Under Delegated Authority (4/1/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …The Spectrum Act mandates “a reverse auction to determine the amount of compensation that each broadcast television licensee would accept in return for voluntarily relinquishing some or all of its broadcast television spectrum usage rights in order to make spectrum available for assignment through a system of competitive bidding”.[] The Commission conducted...
FCC Broadcast Spectrum Auction Wraps Up At $19.8B (3/31/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission has concluded the assignment phase of part of its broadcast incentive auction, raising the overall price tag on spectrum that will be repurposed for wireless use by about $136 million to $19.8 billion. The auction’s “clock phase” ended Feb. 10, ushering the agency into the now-concluded “assignment phase.” As...
Virginia network gets $181M from sale of two stations in spectrum auction (3/31/2017) - [Source: Current] Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corp. in Richmond, Va., will receive $181 million for the sale of two Virginia TV stations in the FCC spectrum auction, the broadcaster announced Thursday. The stations going dark, WNVC in Fairfax and WNVT in Goldvein, are programmed by MHz Networks, a nonprofit that has been independent of Commonwealth since...
Incentive Auction File Formats, Forward Auction Post-auction Tutorial (3/31/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] By this Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announce the availability of educational materials regarding incentive auction data files for both the reverse auction (Auction 1001) and forward auction (Auction 1002), and the immediate post-auction process for the forward auction. Specifically, we have posted to the Auction...
It’s ‘absurd’ broadcasters could be forced off air by channel repack, NAB says (3/31/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] With the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions officially in the books, the extensive channel repacking process begins. But the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) warns changes are needed to avoid broadcasters being forced off the air. Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of media relations for the NAB, said the timeline and budget...
Telecommunications Industry Association Applauds FCC Action on Incentive Auctions (3/31/2017) - [Source: Telecommunications Industry Association] The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded the FCC for circulating a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding voluntary incentive auctions of spectrum. “TIA has advocated for incentive auction legislation for years, and we’re very happy that the Commission is...
T-Mobile Is Tops Among U.S. Wireless Stocks in the First Quarter (3/31/2017) - [Source: The Street] …All of the telecoms will gain clarity once the FCC discloses the results of a recently concluded government auction of wireless spectrum licenses. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon could be on the hook for billions of dollars, depending on how much wireless spectrum they purchase. T-Mobile may benefit from expectations that the Trump administration...
Comcast, T-Mobile predicted as surprise winners in FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction, UBS report says (3/31/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Comcast and T-Mobile dominated the FCC’s recently completed broadcast spectrum auction, together collecting three-quarters of the total spectrum sold, according to estimates by UBS analyst John Hodulik. According to Hodulik’s estimates, T-Mobile will end up spending between $8 billion and $10 billion to acquire spectrum that had been owned by local...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction closes at nearly $19.8B (3/31/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] One year after it began, the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction drew to a close late yesterday, with bidding in the auction’s assignment phase ending and total auction proceeds coming in at nearly $19.8 billion. The assignment phase, which began on March 6, had companies that won licenses in...
Sprint/T-Mobile merger: Which CEO would stay? (3/31/2017) - [Source: Memphis Business Journal] With the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction ending Thursday, spectrum-holders soon will be free to talk mergers. In the case of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile U.S. Inc., analysts expect a dialogue. As for who would lead a merged company — that was another matter. In January, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made...
Carriers Urge FCC To Stick To Original 600MHz Timeline (3/31/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] The FCC’s 600 megahertz spectrum auction is finally at its decisive end now, and carriers who bid on and won spectrum are pushing the FCC to stick to their originally proposed schedule for reshuffling spectrum to give them access, a schedule that many spectrum holders and even AT&T panned as being unrealistic....
Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation Sells Two Northern Virginia Stations in FCC Spectrum Auction (3/31/2017) - [Source: Community Idea Stations] Over the past year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a voluntary auction to purchase the right to use broadcast spectrum from commercial and public broadcasters across the country with the goal to re-sell that spectrum to wireless providers for the benefit of creating more bandwidth for mobile broadband and other...
Ericsson 600 MHZ products ready in Q3 2017 (3/30/2017) - [Source: Press Kontakt] …The news follows the FCC’s completion of the final phase of its incentive auction, which repurposed spectrum for wireless broadband services. As a result, operators will receive access to spectrum to provide service in the 600 MHz band. The new 600 MHz low-band spectrum allows operators to extend and enhance coverage by...
Thats All Folks: Incentive Auction Concludes (3/30/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission today announced the conclusion of the TV spectrum incentive auction. The assignment phase, where winning wireless bidders vied for specific frequencies, concluded today as planned. The final take was $19.8 billion. Specifically, the commission added another $136 million in the frequency-assignment phase of the auction. “Today’s conclusion of...
NAB on End of Spectrum Auction: Time for ‘Seamless Transition’ (3/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Spectrum auction followers of both the forward and reverse sides weighed in Thursday after the spectrum incentive auction finally closed with the final bids in the follow-on assignment auction to divvy up specific frequencies. “[The National Association of Broadcasters] congratulates the FCC on completing the incentive auction,” said NAB executive VP of communications Dennis...
NAB Statement on Close of Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction (3/30/2017) - [Source: NAB.org] In response to the end of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “NAB congratulates the FCC on completing the incentive auction. We are now eager to work with the Commission to ensure a smooth repacking transition that protects consumer...
FCC’s Long-Running Broadcast Spectrum Auction Is Finally Over (3/30/2017) - [Source: Deadline / Hollywood] The FCC’s long-running, multi-stage effort to auction spectrum currently used by broadcasters is finally over: Bidders today found out who won specific blocks of the precious airwaves; the FCC is expected to announce the results in April. The process formally began a little more than a year ago, but has been...
Spectrum Auction (Finally) Ends With Total Take of $19.8 Billion (3/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …”Today’s conclusion of the assignment phase formally brings all bidding activity in this multi-phase auction to a close,” said Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force. “The incentive auction has required unprecedented commitment from bidders as well as Commission staff, who from the moment that broadcasters made their...
Spectrum Auction (Finally) Ends; Total Take Is $19,768,437,378 (3/30/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] A year almost to the day since broadcasters had to commit to the spectrum incentive auction, it ended today (March 30), with a new total dollar figure total: $19,768,437,378 The FCC ended the assignment phase, follow-on auction–it began March 6–which raised an added $136 million or so on top of the $19,632,506,746...
As incentive auction ends, carriers push for quick access to 600 MHz spectrum (3/30/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] With the finish line of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum in sight, carriers are pushing hard to get their hands on those airwaves as quickly as they can. The assignment phase of auction closes today, wrapping up an auction that started more than a year ago. Bidders committed...
‘Super’ Wi-Fi may finally be coming your way (3/30/2017) - [Source: Silicon Valley] …The problem for Super Wi-Fi was that soon after regulators gave their stamp of approval for the technology to use the television spectrum back in 2010, they threw into question just how much space would be available… At long last, though, that uncertainty should be coming to an end. The spectrum auction...
Here’s How To Get TV Repack, Incentive Auction Payments (3/30/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] If your broadcast television company is set to receive money from the Federal government from their participation in the spectrum auction, which concludes Friday (3/31), or seeks reimbursement for “repack” costs, it’s time to put on your reading glasses … and grab a cup of tea. The FCC late...
FCC Issues Payment Guidelines for Incentive Auction, Repack (3/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Broadcasters and cable operators who want to get compensated for post-incentive auction repack expenses, and broadcasters who want to get their incentive auction winning bid payments, need to bone up on this just-released public notice. That notice, released on the eve of the March 30 close of the incentive auction, says...
FCC Spells Out Auction Payment Procedures (3/29/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Each station licensee that successfully bid to relinquish some or all of its spectrum in the reverse auction will receive a share of auction proceeds based on its winning bid. Before the commission can distribute incentive payments, a winning bidder must certify its agreement, acknowledge specified payment terms and provide information on where...
How Will Vermont PBS Spend its $56 Million Windfall? (3/29/2017) - [Source: Seven Days] …Participating alongside dozens of other stations in a Federal Communications Commission auction, Vermont PBS had sold one of its four broadcast licenses for $56 million. In a small state like Vermont, that is an eye-watering sum. It’s nine times more than Vermont PBS’ annual operating budget of $6 million, and more than...
Incentive Auction Procedures for Submitting Payment Instructions (3/29/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] This Public Notice describes essential steps that full power and Class A broadcasters and MVPDs that anticipate receiving incentive and/or reimbursement payment(s) following the incentive auction must take before receiving payments. These instructions describe essential steps that Payment Applicants must take before receiving incentive payments based on winning reverse auction bids or payments...
Will Comcast Offer iPhone for Upcoming Wireless Venture? (3/29/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zack’s] …Brian Roberts also stated the possibility of the MVNO agreement being extended in the near future with Sprint Corp. and other wireless operators. Importantly, Comcast took part in the recently concluded 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission. The U.S. wireless market is currently witnessing...
How Will Radio Cope With TV’s Post-Auction ‘Repack’? (3/29/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] Another hot public policy topic discussed Tuesday by Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly during a Keynote Address at the Hispanic Radio Conference is the incentive auction and its aftermath, a.k.a. the “repack” of TV stations that is set to take place. Why would O’Rielly discuss a TV industry concern at a radio...
Verizon wins another wireless speed test thanks to its last real advantage (3/28/2017) - [Source: BGR] Verizon has long had a reputation for the best service in America, with prices to match… Times are a-changing, however. T-Mobile purchased some low-frequency 700MHz spectrum two years ago, and the government is currently in the process of auctioning off old TV spectrum in the 600MHz range to the wireless carriers. Verizon, AT&T...
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Makes Case on Hill for Funding (3/28/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Corporation for Public Broadcasting president Patricia Harrison… also said that it was not clear that the $1.75 billion Congress has set aside for the post-auction repack will be enough to cover the move, and there is no compensation for translators needed for changing channels in the repack, which she said places “an...
CPB Makes Case On Hill for Funding (3/28/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] Corporation for Public Broadcasting president Patricia Harrison was on Capitol Hill Tuesday to pitch full funding for noncommercial TV and radio—even as President Donald Trump has proposed cutting all federal funds… She also signaled that FCC spectrum auction funds wouldn’t be a big boon for noncommercial stations looking for funding elsewhere. Harrison asked...
April Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and Children’s Television Reports, Incentive Auction Closing Notice, AM Translator Site Relocation Relaxation Effective Date (3/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] April has many important dates for broadcasters – both radio and TV.  This includes both regular regulatory obligations and dates unique to this April for both radio and TV – including the release of the FCC’s Closing Notice for the TV incentive auction and the effective date for the new rules...
Life on hold: T-Mobile merger talks create uncertainty for 50,000 employees (3/27/2017) - [Source: Puget Sound Business Journal] …T-Mobile could begin merger talks as soon as Friday. Wireless providers are locked into a quiet period barring executives from discussing potential mergers during the Federal Communications Commission’s wireless spectrum auction, which sells off access to the radio waves carrying signals from cell towers to cell phones. The auction is...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Finally Ending This Week (3/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The end is coming this week for the broadcast incentive auction. The reverse auction (broadcaster portion of the auction) has been over since Jan. 18, but the assignment-phase auction for forward auction bidders is scheduled to close March 30. That is the follow-up auction where forward auction winners are bidding on...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Finally Ending This Week (3/27/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …In mid-April, the commission will release a public notice identifying the winning bidders in both reverse and forward auctions. It will also publicly announce the new channels for TV stations being repacked so the 84 MHz of broadcast spectrum cleared in the auction can be turned over to those forward auction bidders...
Gray Announces Proposed Addition To Senior Credit Facility Term Loan (3/27/2017) - [Source: Gray Television / SatPRNews.com] …On February 6, 2017, we announced that we anticipate receiving $90.8 million in proceeds resulting from the Federal Communication Commission’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by Gray during the auction to modify and/or surrender spectrum...
Did Charlie Ergen Make A Bad Wireless Bet? (3/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …In what many will see as a acknowledgment Dish Network will not be part of a major transaction, Ergen said his company is “not going to drive” the discussions many believe will take place once the FCC’s ban that bars companies involved in the current spectrum auction from talking to each other is...
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Dielectric (3/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Dielectric, a provider of purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, will exhibit its, now-shipping TFU-WB UHF antenna to simplify transitions associated with the Spectrum Repack — along with a message for broadcasters that accentuates why now is the time to purchase and prepare. The TFU-WB was introduced last spring as...
Dielectric Welcomes FCC’s ATSC 3.0 NPRM (3/27/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] …Decisions on equipment made for the repack can directly impact the station’s ability to take advantage of the features of the new OFDM-based, end-to-end IP connectivity that is native to the ATSC 3.0 standard. Perhaps the feature of most benefit to broadcasters is the ability to choose modulation and coding (MODCOD)...
FCC denies must-carry for LPTVs, but greenlights channel sharing (3/26/2017) - [Source: Rapid TV News] The US broadcast regulator FCC has said that TV stations could share channels, in a win for low-power TV (LPTVs) stations… The order has two main effects: following the broadcast incentive auction many stations swapped their spectrum for cash and now can remain in business by striking spectrum-sharing deals with other local...
Next Generation Communications Week in Review: Facebook, Nokia, Qualcomm (3/25/2017) - [Source: Next Generation Communications] …On the wireless frontier, meanwhile, Nokia announced it has completed pre-standard testing of 600MHz on commercially available hardware. The Federal Communications Commission this year is repurposing 600MHz spectrum that had been used by broadcast TV companies so it can be employed by cellular service providers. This spectrum can be used to...
Commission Adopts Channel Sharing Report and Order (3/24/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] In implementing Congress’s mandate to conduct a broadcast television spectrum incentive auction, the Commission previously established rules to allow full power and Class A stations that relinquish licensed spectrum usage rights in the reverse auction to share a channel with another station. These rules, however, confine channel sharing to auction-related agreements. The Commission...
Dielectric to Show Reimbursable Repack-Ready Hardware at 2017 NAB Show (3/24/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] Dielectric will exhibit its innovative, now-shipping TFU-WB UHF antenna to simplify transitions associated with the Spectrum Repack – along with a message for broadcasters that accentuates why now is the time to purchase and prepare. The TFU-WB was introduced last spring as an off-the-shelf solution for quick installation of an auxiliary antenna...
Why Telecom Mergers Might Be Near, And How They Could Get ‘Trumped’ (3/24/2017) - [Source: Investor’s Business Daily]   …Within weeks, a government radio spectrum auction is expected to end, thus freeing up companies to negotiate a deal. Analysts warn, however, that while investors might want to play the proverbial meddling parent, telecom giants can’t be prodded into taking vows. Further, an unpredictable Trump administration is creating an uncertain regulatory picture...
Nokia Makes Pre-standard 600mhz Lte Call Using Commercial Hardware (3/24/2017) - [Source: LTE World] Nokia has announced completion of the pre-standard testing of 600MHz on commercially-available hardware, creating a test bed for terminal ecosystem development and availability. Low-band 600MHz spectrum is ideal for covering wide areas and providing bandwidth in hard-to-reach places. According to Nokia the winning bidders of the 600MHz auction will utilize this spectrum...
Unlimited data will spur ‘fundamental readjustments’ in the market, Chetan Sharma predicts (3/24/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The heightening competition has led analysts to predict a wave of consolidation on the horizon. M&A activity has been stifled largely due to the anti-collusion rules of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves, but that event will wrap up in the next few weeks, opening the door for carriers and...
FCC adopts new channel sharing rules for broadcasters (3/24/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] The FCC adopted a new Report and Order that expands broadcast stations’ ability to share a single TV channel so viewers can continue to receive their broadcast programming. The FCC’s spectrum auction is due to wrap up soon, and full power and Class A broadcast stations that opted to relinquish their...
Sprint/T-Mobile merger: Job effect would extend beyond head count (3/24/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] As the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction approaches a close, rumors continue to swirl around a potential merger between Sprint Corp.and its magenta rival. If regulators approve a Sprint/T-Mobile U.S. Inc. merger, the resulting “efficiencies” almost certainly would result in staffing cuts. Although it’s difficult to say how many jobs...
USA – Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband And Digital Media – Statistics And Analyses (3/24/2017) - [Source: openPR / MarketResearchReports.biz] …A major development in early 2017 was the complex reserve auction for spectrum in the 600MHz band, which raised more than $19 billion. Although network operators must wait for spectrum allocations to be concluded, the additional 70MHz made available will go far to supporting mobile broadband in rural areas, and improving...
Nokia completes first 600-MHz LTE call (3/23/2017) - [Source: telecomasia.net] …US regulator FCC is concluding a year-long auction process for 600-MHz spectrum. The frequency band is expected to be utilized first in rural deployments due to its longer range. “We’ve been anticipating the end of the 600MHz auction, and we haven’t waited. Nokia has been doing the necessary development, testing and software creation...
Will T-Mobile And Sprint Finally Tie The Knot This Year? (3/23/2017) - [Source: Fast Company] …The FCC is currently engaged in a spectrum auction, and during that time no bidding company can hold formal merger discussions. But after the auction is over and the prohibition lifted, M&A talks are likely to begin in earnest, industry experts tell Fast Company. “In wireless, consolidation is already so widely expected...
Wedding Bells Likely For T-Mo And Sprint (3/23/2017) - [Source: TWICE] UBS analyst John Hodulik sees the writing on the wall: A laissez faire administration; an eager Sprint owner in SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son; T-Mobile’s thirst for high-band spectrum; and a combined critical mass that would make for a strong No. 3 carrier. It all adds up to a mobile marriage once the FCC’s current 600 MHz spectrum auction closes, he...
Nokia Completes 600MHz Test (3/23/2017) - [Source: Next Generation Communications] …The company said that winners of the 600MHz auction are likely to use the spectrum to augment capacity on their networks, extend their LTE footprints, and improve the data speeds they can support. Nokia added that cellular service providers will likely leverage 600MHz first in rural areas. “Low-band 600MHz spectrum is...
T-Mobile Urges FCC Not To Delay Post-Auction Transition (3/23/2017) - [Source: Law360] …T-Mobile encouraged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to refuse broadcaster requests to delay the transition of stations to new channels after the broadcast incentive auction, arguing that there is no justification for extending or delaying the process. T-Mobile USA Inc. argued during its meeting with several FCC officials that the commission should...
NAB Statement on FCC Approval of Channel Sharing Order (3/23/2017) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] In response to the FCC approving a report and order allowing for channel sharing by stations outside the broadcast television spectrum auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “NAB commends the Commission for providing additional flexibility to channel sharing broadcasters following...
FCC Extends Channel-Sharing (3/23/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission today unanimously voted to let LPTVs and translators share a channel with full-power and Class A licensees, providing them with more options to stay on the air once the musical-channels repack process begins. The vote also affirmed established carriage rights within these arrangements. “This new flexibility will further...
FCC Doesn’t Expand Must-Carry In Channel-Sharing Order (3/23/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC voted unanimously Friday to allow TV stations more flexibility to share channels after the broadcast incentive auction, but, in a victory for cable operators, with a change to the original draft to insure no new carriage obligations are put on MVPDS and no opportunity is given for LPTV’s without must-carry...
FCC OK’s TV Channel Sharing Outside Incentive Auction (3/23/2017) - [Source: Radio+Television Business Report] The FCC on Thursday (3/23) unanimously approved a Report and Order that would authorize channel sharing outside the context of the incentive auction. The vote, which saw Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn approve and concur in part, permits stations with auction-related channel sharing agreements to continue to operate if their auction-related agreements expire...
FCC Expands Channel Sharing Opportunities for Broadcasters (3/23/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order that expands broadcast stations’ ability to share a single TV channel so viewers can continue to receive their broadcast programming. The ability to channel-share is an important component of the FCC’s incentive auction, mandated by Congress in 2012, which provides a voluntary opportunity...
Dielectric Lands $3.9 Million Antenna Order (3/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] In preparation for the upcoming spectrum repack, American Tower orders TFU-WB broadband, side-mount antennas plus transmission line to support its broadcast customers as they relocate UHF stations to new channel assignments. Dielectric, the provider of antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, said today that American Tower Corp.,...
Analysts: Sprint-T-Mobile Merger May Start A Chain Reaction (3/23/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] The FCC’s 600 megahertz spectrum auction is ending just as the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking office, and analysts think that this state of affairs may be conducive to a commonly rumored merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, which could start a huge chain reaction in the industries regulated by the...
Analysts Expect “Unprecedented Spectrum Deals” Soon (3/23/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] The Incentive Auction, where the FCC is auctioning off 600MHz spectrum to many carriers and even cable companies, is expected to conclude late next month. And after it concludes, analysts are expecting to see some “unprecedented spectrum deals”. This is due to the fact that spectrum is going to be even more...
Analyst: ‘We continue to believe a (Sprint/T-Mobile merger) is likely’ (3/23/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] A number of things are falling into place, making a Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. merger even more likely, FierceWireless reports. In the coming weeks, the Federal Communications Commission will wrap up its 600 MHz spectrum auction, which opens the doors for serious merger discussions. (The FCC’s anti-collusion rules...
Multimedia Wars: To The Victors, Go The Investment Spoils (3/23/2017) - [Source: Investing Daily] …Ari Charney, chief investment strategist of Utility Forecaster, asserts that a tsunami of consolidation is gathering force: “Brace yourself: In just two weeks, the cable, media, and telecom landscape could change forever. On March 30, the quiet period for participants in the government’s latest spectrum auction will end, and that’s when a...
Changing Broadcast Environment Triggers Signal Monitoring and Analysis Challenges (3/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …In the United States, more than 1,000 full-power and Class-A television stations will be changing channel assignments thanks to a government initiative to clear the 600MHz band for use by wireless carriers. On a parallel track, many U.S. broadcasters will begin deploying ATSC 3.0, an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) TV transmission, as...
Nokia throws LTE hardware support behind 600 MHz spectrum band (3/23/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Nokia said it has completed prestandard testing of commercial hardware compatible with the 600 MHz spectrum band, which is set to be unleashed by the Federal Communications Commission. …Ricky Corker, head of North America for Nokia, said: “We’ve been anticipating the end of the 600 MHz auction, and we haven’t waited,”...
RF Vendors Tackle Repack, Next-Gen Details (3/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] It should be no surprise that the discussions at the 2017 NAB Show between TV broadcasters and RF vendors will focus on the TV spectrum repack and the ATSC 3.0 next-gen TV standard. After all, broadcasters leaving their current slice of the TV band have received their confidential letters from the FCC informing...
Transmitters, Antennas & More: RF Products Guide (3/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …GatesAir’s Maxiva ULXTE — The Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitter is optimized for channel changes driven by the spectrum repack with power amplifiers that increase peak power capacity for all ATSC and OFDM waveforms. High-efficiency power amplifiers and market-leading power density provide equal power levels for ATSC 1.0 and 3.0, and reduce costs and...
Former FCC Chairman Wheeler has a ‘huge smile’ for 600 MHz incentive auction results (3/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The former chief of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, described the agency’s 600 MHz incentive auction as a successful event that should generate a “huge smile” for administrators. “We were charged with creating a marketplace and that marketplace successfully performed to produce the second largest amount of spectrum ever auctioned; and to...
T-Mobile Is Merger Top Dog, While Verizon, AT&T Estimates Cut (3/22/2017) - [Source: Investor’s Business Daily] …Merger talks among telecom firms have been on hold pending the end of a government auction of radio spectrum owned by local TV stations. The auction is expected to end in April. “With M&A (mergers) coming into focus as the auction quiet period ends, we believe T-Mobile is in the driver’s...
T-Mobile/Sprint deal could be the first attempted M&A domino to fall, UBS says (3/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The U.S. wireless industry has seen an unexpected war over unlimited data plans and an accelerated race to 5G in recent months. Meanwhile, the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum has straightjacketed any significant mergers and acquisitions due to its anti-collusion rules, which prevent the discussion of deals by...
‘Spectrum reuse’ may become key to increasing capacity (3/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The end of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves in the next few weeks could lead to “an unprecedented wave of spectrum dealmaking,” MoffettNathanson analysts wrote this morning. But the emergence of new technologies and network architectures has cast some doubt over just how valuable spectrum has become. The...
WhiteSpace Alliance predicts US will move on TV (3/21/2017) - [Source: Critical Comms] The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) said that completion of the recent FCC spectrum incentive auction will make the United States a prime market for TV white space deployments. “The completion of the incentive auction will remove regulatory uncertainty and free up more than 80 MHz of spectrum for licence-exempt wireless internet access,” said...
Spectrum auction end will commence another in M&A (3/21/2017) - [Source: Investopedia] …The end of one auction will kick off another – in dealmaking. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum sale is finishing soon, lifting the quiet period imposed on wireless firms like T-Mobile US. Combine the growing confidence of easing regulation with the rapid convergence of media, and the conditions are right for more...
Broadcasters Ask FCC To Rethink Post-Auction Transition (3/21/2017) - [Source: Law360] …The National Association of Broadcasters has asked the Federal Communications Commission to revisit its transition plan for stations after the broadcast incentive auction concludes, to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible for broadcasters and for consumers. The FCC should grant “reasonable” requests for extensions of time to comply with the...
NAB Show Marks ATSC 3.0’s Debut (3/21/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …There are still some issues yet to be resolved (primarily how the repack will affect the rollout and how ATSC 3.0 will be handled by MVPDs); however the standard is pretty much complete, and this year’s spring NAB Show will mark its coming-out party. We’re only in March and already 2017 is...
NJ Windfall from Sale of Public Airwaves Likely Smaller Than Projected (3/21/2017) - [Source: NJ Spotlight] More than a year after state officials decided to put New Jersey’s publicly owned airwaves into a nationwide auction of broadcast spectrum that’s being led by the federal government, hopes that the state could generate a multibillion-dollar windfall appear to be fading. A complicated and lengthy federal-auction process is finally winding down,...
Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC (3/20/2017) - [Source: Law360] …Telecommunications companies, advocates and trade groups have continued to push their agenda at the Federal Communications Commission over the last month, with the universal service fund, post-broadcast incentive auction transition and video relay service reform topping the list of concerns for the most vocal lobbyists. The FCC received just under 230 ex parte...
NAB Show Reimagines Future (3/20/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …This year’s NAB certainly looks different, particularly when one considers what the broadcast spectrum auction means for the industry. Seen as equally intriguing and vexing, depending on who you ask, the first step in the complicated dance known as the broadcast spectrum auction was completed in January. Heading into NAB for the...
NAB To FCC: Reconsider Your Repack Plan For TV Stations (3/20/2017) - [Source: Leadership] The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has petitioned the FCC to reconsider what the association describes as “flawed” framework and timeline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction. NAB in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP stated that doing so will hurt broadcasters as well as their viewers. The auction is ending...
NAB Slams FCC Repack Plan, Seeks Changes (3/19/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters has petitioned the FCC reconsider its “flawed” framework and timeline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction, saying not to do so will hurt broadcasters and their viewers. The auction is ending at the end of March and a final “Closing and Channel Reassignment Public...
NAB Wants Changes To Post-Repack Plan (3/17/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] It tells the FCC that some details of the plan to move stations to their new channels “have exacerbated challenges inherent in the repack, putting viewers at risk and potentially causing unnecessary harm to broadcasters. Many of these decisions are simply irreversible at this point. Nevertheless, the commission still has an opportunity to...
Sprint/T-Mobile merger: Will Masa Son be the winning bidder? (3/17/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] …Of course, T-Mobile and Sprint can’t talk until the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction comes to a close, which Piecyk expects will happen in late April. “It’ll be really interesting to see what happens here come April,” Zino added. “Things will probably heat up fairly quickly.” <br /> </aside> <p><!–TOUT...
Brave New Whirled (3/17/2017) - [Source: Investing Daily] Brace yourself: In just two weeks, the cable, media, and telecom landscape could change forever. On March 30, the quiet period for participants in the government’s latest spectrum auction will end, and that’s when a flurry of dealmaking could begin. Aside from the usual empire-building, intense competition and sweeping technological changes will...
GatesAir Optimizes Next-Generation Transmitter Portfolio for Spectrum Repack at 2017 NAB Show (3/16/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Beat] GatesAir is strengthening its leadership and innovation in wireless, over-the-air content delivery with a new high-efficiency UHF transmitter range to help broadcasters leverage the new business opportunities promised through the Spectrum Repack and the ATSC 3.0 DTV standard. The new Maxiva™ ULXTE liquid transmitter joins the recently-announced UAXTE air-cooled transmitter to give...
Entravision Buys Las Vegas Indie For $3.7M (3/16/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The Spanish-language broadcaster already owns KINC Las Vegas, but its FCC filing says the deal is exempt from the FCC’s prohibition against owning two stations in a market. Entravision, the Spanish-language TV and radio broadcaster that made $264 million selling stations in the FCC incentive auction, is spending $3.75 million to buy independent...
Free Press Action Fund Unveils Proposal to Use Airwaves-Auction Windfall to Strengthen New Jersey (3/15/2017) - [Source: Free Press] TRENTON — Free Press Action Fund on Wednesday called on the New Jersey legislature to use money from the auction of the state’s public-TV stations to create a New Jersey Civic Information Consortium, a joint initiative with four of the state’s leading universities to invest in community-information needs. The proposal for the...
Why 2017 Will Be A Huge Year For Telecom And Media Mergers (3/15/2017) - [Source: Fast Company] …The FCC is currently engaged in a wireless spectrum auction, and will be for the next few weeks. During that time, no company that’s bidding on spectrum can hold formal discussions with potential merger partners. But after the auction is over and the prohibition lifted, M&A talks are likely to begin in...
Nexstar Media, Sinclair form spectrum consortium (3/15/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Nexstar Media and Sinclair Broadcast Group are setting up a spectrum consortium ahead of the finalization of ATSC 3.0 next-generation TV transmission standards. The consortium will promote spectrum aggregation, innovation and monetization and enhance the companies’ abilities to compete in the wireless data transmission sector, according to a news release. Nexstar...
Nexstar, Sinclair Set Up Spectrum Consortium (3/15/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Perry A. Sook, Nexstar chairman, president and CEO, said: “We are delighted to join forces with Sinclair who has led the industry in advancing the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard and its adoption… With the near-term conclusion of the FCC incentive auction, Nexstar and Sinclair are leading the industry in ensuring that we bring our...
Nexstar Media Group and Sinclair Broadcast Group Establish Consortium to Promote Broadcast Spectrum Aggregation, Innovation and Monetization (3/15/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Business Wire] …Perry A. Sook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. commented, “…With the near-term conclusion of the FCC Incentive Auction, Nexstar and Sinclair are leading the industry in ensuring that we bring our respective shareholders appropriate value from increasingly scarce and in-demand spectrum. In addition,...
Dielectric Welcomes FCC Release of ATSC 3.0 NPRM (3/15/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …“The timing of this NPRM could not be better as stations receive their new channel assignments and start planning for the TV spectrum repack,” said Keith Pelletier, vice president and general manager of Dielectric. “The repack is without question the greatest disruption for broadcasters in many years, yet the beginning of exciting new opportunities that...
More Radio Stations May Be Affected by Repack, CPB Says (3/14/2017) - [Source: Radio World] The March 6 followup to “Potential Impacts To Public Radio Transmission Facilities From TV Band Repacking” says 191 CPB-eligible radio stations may be affected because these stations share transmission towers with one or more TV stations; and 53 of these stations share a tower with one or more TV stations currently operating...
Broadcast TV Spectrum Repacking: The Devil Is In The Details (3/13/2017) - [Source: HDTV Magazine] The FCC has concluded its spectrum auction, and although the winning bids generated only about ¼ of what was expected, plenty of TV stations will be moving to new channels. But there’s a catch. And you probably won’t be happy when you hear about it. Currently, the majority of TV stations broadcast...
FCC: TVs Could Use NAB Convention To Help Coordinate Repack (3/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] An FCC official said Monday (March 14) that the post-auction transition clock–90 days to file construction permits, a total of 39 months for the transition–will begin with the release of the auction closing and reassignment public notice in mid-April. That mid-April time frame is based on the auction closing on March...
FCC: TVs Could Use NAB Convention To Help Coordinate Repack (3/13/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] An FCC official said Monday (March 14) that the post-auction transition clock–90 days to file construction permits, a total of 39 months for the transition–will begin with the release of the auction closing and reassignment public notice in mid-April. That mid-April time frame is based on the auction closing on March 30...
FCC: O’Rielly Finds New FAA Tower Safety Rules Too Broad (3/13/2017) - [Source: Radio World] FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly… estimates that this could cost communications companies thousands of dollars per tower to come into compliance. In addition, the cost could impede development of 5G wireless services, the incentive spectrum auction and implementation of ATSC 3.0, especially in the rural areas where this provision would have the most...
Dish raises $1B as it looks to build NB-IoT network by 2020 (3/13/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Dish is currently involved in the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings, which depending on the outcome will see the company potentially add to its already established haul of spectrum resources. Dish has said it currently holds approximately 75 megahertz of nationwide spectrum – which it has yet to...
Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard (3/10/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …Other industry stakeholders… offer support for broadcaster innovation, but ask the Commission to ensure that… the deployment of ATSC 3.0-based stations does not have any impact on the broadcast television incentive auction, the post-auction repacking process, or the post-repacking 600 MHz frequency environment; and that broadcasters continue to meet their public interest...
Dish’s 5G Plans Should Rouse Cablecos (3/10/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …However, [Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications] will logically look for ways to limit the amount of time their customers spend on Verizon’s infrastructure in order to minimize their costs. One of the ways to do that would be to acquire access to additional spectrum, either through purchase (per Comcast’s participation in the recent...
New Tower Marking Provision Could Use Tweaks (3/10/2017) - [Source: FCC Blog] …By raising the siting costs with new marking mandates, it is harder for companies to justify the investments and any current or future deployments… Further, it could hinder the incentive auction television station repack and the implementation of ATSC 3.0, which is a broadcasting standard designed to provide greater service options.  Like...
Dish to raise $1B more as it prepares to enter wireless fray (3/10/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Dish is a bidder in the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz, which is expected to wrap up in the next few weeks. The company said in an FCC filing earlier this week that it plans to launch a narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network to meet the FCC’s buildout requirements for the...
Sinclair begins launch of millennial-targeted network TBD (3/9/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …The reported deal activity for Sinclair comes as the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions are wrapping up and TV station ownership rules are expected to be revised, both of which will likely kickstart a new wave of broadcast consolidation. Following a relatively strong quarter that didn’t quite live up to analysts’ expectations, Sinclair...
NJBA Presses Commissioners on Pirate Problems (3/9/2017) - [Source: Radio World] …Additionally, the NJBA president [Paul Rotella] asserted that part of the TV spectrum auction and repack should include compensation for FM stations disrupted by the TV infrastructure “We were told this would be addressed ‘later,’” Rotella wrote. “Well, it’s later, and FM broadcasters need to be protected.”
T-Mobile CFO: Closing remaining LTE coverage gap is big priority (3/9/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The 600 MHz opportunities [for T-Mobile] will become clearer when the dust settles on the incentive auction. “We do think there will be carriers able to deploy 600 this year” and start seeding the market with handsets to leverage the new spectrum bands as they come on, [CFO Braxton Carter] said....
WSA: Spectrum Auction Could Affect TV White Space (3/8/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The completion of the FCC’s spectrum auction could prove to be a boom for TV white space deployments in the U.S., per the WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA). White space technology use available TV band spectrum to deliver fixed wireless broadband services at distances up to 30 km, which makes it useful for rural...
Broadcast ‘spectrum auction’ ends with Wyo PBS in favorable position (3/8/2017) - [Source: The Ranger] “This is a major boon for us,” Wyoming PBS general manager Terry Dugas said in a memo to the Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees. None of the Wyoming Public Broadcasting Service’s three full-power transmitters was affected by a voluntary spectrum incentive auction recently completed by the Federal Communications Commission. “This is...
FCC: No Consumer Should Be Harmed in TV Repack (3/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), ranking member of the Senate Communications Subcommittee, thanked the FCC commissioners for overseeing a first of its kind, “successful” broadcast incentive auction, but had some worries about what comes next. Schatz said Wednesday that while everyone wants faster internet and better coverage, he had concerns that “consumers...
Pai Declines To Discuss Trump Meetings (3/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Under questioning from Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), all three [sitting FCC commissioners] more or less said they would support legislation that would prohibit the FCC from forcing stations off the air because they failed to meet the current 39-month deadline for making the move to new channels in the post-auction repack. Clyburn said she...
MWC 2017: The best, the worst and what’s next (3/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The rest of the year in wireless could be particularly eventful, however, especially in the U.S. The FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz will wrap up in the coming weeks, and analysts expect to see a significant increase in M&A activity once the agency’s anti-collusion period ends, capping the event. Speculation...
Is Verizon’s Unlimited Plan Good or Bad for Investors? (3/8/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] …Verizon holds the least amount of spectrum airwaves of the four major U.S. wireless providers. That’s unlikely to change even after the recent incentive spectrum auction. In order to maintain its network advantage, Verizon plans to spend a lot of money densifying its network to improve performance in high-population areas. Analyst Craig Moffett...
Dish to build NB-IoT network to meet FCC’s deadline (3/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …As Dish exits the quiet period of the FCC ongoing spectrum auction, which has prevented strategic discussions for 14 months, it could partner with an existing operator, tower company, cable operator or technology company to further reduce those initial buildout costs.” Indeed, Piecyk said Dish’s spectrum might be best used as...
FCC Schedules Repacking Seminar (3/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announced the agenda for an upcoming public workshop on post-auction transition procedures. The workshop will be held on Monday (March 13) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will also be live-streamed at www.fcc.gov/live and questions can be emailed to IAtransition@fcc.gov. On...
WhiteSpace Alliance Predicts United States will Rapidly Move Forward with TV White Space Deployments (3/8/2017) - [Source: IT Business Net] The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) ®, a global industry organization enabling sharing of underutilized spectrum, says that completion of the recent FCC spectrum incentive auction will make the United States a prime market for TV white space deployments. “The completion of the incentive auction will remove regulatory uncertainty and free up more...
Broadcasters Ask FCC To Make Post-Auction Deadline Flexible (3/7/2017) - [Source: Law360] The National Association of Broadcasters has urged the Federal Communications Commission to make its timeline for repacking broadcasters after the incentive auction flexible, saying viewers could be at risk of losing service. The auction began last March and involves TV broadcasters voluntarily relinquishing their spectrum licenses in exchange for payments generated from the...
Ball State retains broadcast rights for WIPB (3/7/2017) - [Source: Ball State University] Ball State University will retain operation of its public broadcasting station, WIPB, university officials announced Monday, Feb. 13. Since fall of 2015, the university had been a participant in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) voluntary spectrum auction, which was conducted nationally in an effort to acquire broadcast capabilities for mobile providers....
FCC Sets Agenda For Post-Auction Workshop (3/7/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The March 13 session at the FCC’s Washington headquarters will offer an overview of the incentive auction; reviews of the procedures for broadcast stations filing applications for construction permits during the 39-month transition period; procedures for submitting bank account information to ensure payment of reverse auction winnings and reimbursement of eligible expenses; plus...
IATF & MB Workshop on Post-Auction (3/7/2017) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announce the agenda for the upcoming public workshop on post-auction transition procedures. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Agenda topics are: Overview and incentive auction status update; Step-by-step review of the procedures...
FCC Releases Details on Channel Sharing Permitted Outside of the Incentive Auction (3/7/2017) - [Source: Lexology] …When the FCC adopted rules for the broadcast incentive auction it wanted to incentivize participation from broadcasters in the auction. In furtherance of that goal, it permitted both primary broadcast television licensees (full power and Class A TV stations) and secondary broadcast licensees (low power television and TV translator stations) to share a...
Late Spring For Transactions Bloom? (3/6/2017) - [Source: Radio+Television Business Report] It’s already the first full week of March, and brokers across the U.S. are feverishly awaiting an anticipated flood of deals from both TV companies who have been salivating at the finality of the FCC’s incentive auction and radio companies who believe a new administration will loosen ownership rules. But, like...
Agenda for the Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Workshop on Post-Auction Transition Procedures (3/6/2017) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] The workshop will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Agenda topics are:  Overview and incentive auction status update;  Step-by-step review of the procedures for broadcast stations filing applications for construction permits during the 39-month transition period;  Review of procedures for submitting...
Report: Sprint “betting big on Trump,” could merge with T-Mobile or Comcast (3/6/2017) - [Source: Ars Technica] …T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere was asked about the potential for wireless industry consolidation in an earnings call last month. Legere said there are no ongoing merger talks because “we’re in an anti-collusion period during the low-band spectrum auction,” but said that T-Mobile will have numerous options after that quiet period ends. “I...
Dielectric To Exhibit TFU-WB UHF Antenna (3/6/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Film & Video] At the 2017 NAB Show, Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, will exhibit its innovative, now-shipping TFU-WB UHF antenna to simplify transitions associated with the Spectrum Repack – along with a message for broadcasters that accentuates why now is the time to...
Microsoft commits to further U.S. investments in TVWS this year (3/6/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Dave Heiner, VP, regulatory affairs at Microsoft… said Microsoft is enthused about extra bandwidth that emerged in the 600 MHz band as a result of the incentive auction and about the FCC’s Spectrum Frontiers proceeding, emphasizing the importance of predictability for planning purposes. “It’s been a little bit of a challenge...
WPBO in Ohio goes for $8.8M in spectrum auction (3/6/2017) - [Source: Current] Ohio State University has sold its TV channel WPBO for $8.8 million in the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. WPBO in Portsmouth serves southern Ohio and a western portion of West Virginia. It overlaps with WOUB in Athens, Ohio; WCET, Cincinnati; WKAS, Ashland, Ky.; and WVPB in Huntington, W.Va. The station also overlaps with...
Pai to Lay Out Plans for FCC on Wednesday (3/5/2017) - [Source: The Street] New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will get a chance to clue in lawmakers about his plans for net neutrality, wrapping up the broadcast spectrum auction and rewriting media ownership rules when he and fellow FCC members appear before panels on both sides of Capitol Hill Wednesday, March 8. Both the Senate Commerce...
World’s top tech investor is betting big on Trump (3/3/2017) - [Source: The Daily Gazette] …The discussions were purposely broad in nature, according to investment bankers who were briefed on the discussions. Until the latest government-sponsored auction for spectrum bands finishes in late April, wireless companies are prohibited, owing to concerns about collusion, from pursuing various tie-ups. A Sprint hookup with T-Mobile U.S., Comcast, or any...
ATSC 3.0 and the Perennial Transition (3/3/2017) - [Source: JDSupra] …Transmitters being built today are 3.0 ready, and many hundreds (perhaps more than a thousand) of these transmitters will be installed as a necessary part of the post-incentive auction repacking process.  Broadcasters are already discussing how to provide ATSC 1.0 simulcasts in many markets so that some stations can begin transmitting in 3.0. ...
Ohio State sells broadcast license for WPBO (3/3/2017) - [Source: Columbus Dispatch] Sometime in the next year, WPBO-TV, Channel 43 in Portsmouth, which broadcasts WOSU-TV’s signal in southern Ohio, will cease to exist. At some point, it could mean better wireless broadband access for the same area. Ohio State University announced today that it has sold the broadcast license for $8.8 million, which it...
WTVP-TV gets new channel assignment; will go from 47 to 35 (3/3/2017) - [Source: Peoria Journal Star] WTVP-TV Channel 47, Peoria’s public TV outlet, is getting a new spot on the dial. Following a yearlong auction held by the Federal Communications Commission to repack the digital spectrum, WTVP will move to digital channel 35, said station president Moss Bresnahan.The transition could take from two to two-and-a-half years but...
Ohio State sells Portsmouth-area TV station to FCC – raising $8.8M for WOSU (3/3/2017) - [Source: Columbus Business Journal] Ohio State University is selling broadcast rights to a Portsmouth television station that repeats WOSU-TV’s signal in southern Ohio for $8.8 million to the Federal Communications Commission. The deal was part of a nationwide effort to switch over a chunk of the broadcast spectrum to improve wireless internet access. The majority...
Analysts Believe AT&T Spent $2.4B On the FCC’s Incentive Auction (3/3/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] The Incentive Auction has concluded, however the results are still being tallied and the FCC has not yet stated who spent what, who got what and so forth in the auction. But analysts have done some calculations and believe that AT&T spent around $2.4 billion on this auction. Now of course, this...
The Ohio State University announces sale of WPBO-TV (Portsmouth) broadcast license in FCC auction (3/3/2017) - [Source: WOSU Public Media] …The Ohio State University today announced the sale of the WPBO-TV (Portsmouth, Ohio) broadcast license following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) landmark broadcast spectrum auction. The sale will assist the FCC in freeing up more spectrum for wireless broadband use in Southern Ohio and will generate $8.8 million for WOSU Public...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction set for assignment phase, end nears (3/3/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Winning bidders that picked up spectrum licenses in the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction process are now set to find out exactly where those licenses will be in the spectrum band. The FCC said it would begin the assignment phase of the auction’s forward bidding process on March 6,...
FCC Kicks Off Final Leg of Spectrum Auction March 6 (3/3/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The last leg of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction begins March 6 with the launch of the assignment phase auction. That is where the winning bidders of spectrum blocks in the forward auction can bid on specific frequencies. The clock phase forward auction was for generic blocks of 10 MHz—5 for uplink,...
NYT: Japanese Billionaire’s SoftBank Bets on the Trump Economy (3/3/2017) - [Source: NewsMax] …”Until the latest government-sponsored auction for spectrum bands finishes in late April, wireless companies are prohibited, owing to concerns about collusion, from pursuing various tie-ups,” the Times reported. Son late year promised President Donald Trump that he would create 50,000 new jobs in the United States through a $100 billion technology fund. “Be...
Masayoshi Son, Sprint and a Bet on the Trump Economy (3/3/2017) - [Source: New York Times] …Until the latest government-sponsored auction for spectrum bands finishes in late April, wireless companies are prohibited, owing to concerns about collusion, from pursuing various tie-ups. A Sprint hookup with T-Mobile U.S., Comcast, or any large wireless or cable operator is no slam dunk. For years, federal regulators have opposed such transactions...
FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For March 2017 Open Meeting (3/2/2017) - [Source: Benton Foundation / FCC] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the March Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017… [including] Channel Sharing by Stations Outside the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Context – The Commission will consider a Report and Order...
Jeffery Liberman Upped To President/COO As Entravision Revenues, Profit Rise In Fourth Quarter (3/2/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] …the company announced that it expects to reap $264 million from selling off some of its TV stations in the spectrum incentive auction, will pay a quarterly cash dividend of $0.03125 per share of the Company’s Class A, Class B and Class U common stock (payable MARCH 31st to shareholders...
Entravision: Rev Up, Gets $264M In Auction (3/2/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The fourth quarter TV revenue grew 9% to $43.4 million, boosted by political ad dollars. On Thursday, Entravision Communications Corp. announced that it made $264 million in the FCC’s spectrum auction. The news was included in its fourth quarter earnings report that included television segment revenue of $43.4 million, up 9% from $39.8 million...
Entravision Communications Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2016 Results (3/2/2017) - [Source: Blackbird Sat PR News] …The Federal Communication Commission recently completed the reverse auction for broadcast spectrum which resulted in anticipated proceeds of approximately $264 million for the Company. The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by the Company during the auction to modify and/or relinquish spectrum usage rights...
LaPlatney Touts Broadcast Repack Bill (3/2/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Raycom Media CEO Pat LaPlatney today endorsed proposed legislation that would provide additional reimbursement funds for stations forced to move in the repack if the FCC deems them necessary and it would prohibit the FCC from shutting down stations that can’t move to their new channels within 39 months. Also, he says, by eliminating some...
Telecom Leaders Weigh In On FCC’s $19.6B Spectrum Auction (3/2/2017) - [Source: Law360] Telecom industry players at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Thursday voiced optimism and concern over the Federal Communications Commission’s recent wireless spectrum auction that raked in more than $19.6 billion and set aside 84 MHz of spectrum for broadband use. At the hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the...
Pai Plans Vote to Authorize Channel Sharing Outside Auction (3/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC chairman Ajit Pai has scheduled a vote on a report and order allowing broadcasters to strike channel-sharing agreements outside of the incentive auction. The FCC allowed broadcasters to share channels as a way to free up spectrum in the incentive auction and has been asked to allow stations to temporarily share...
Channel Sharing by Stations Outside the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Context (3/2/2017) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] Background: To encourage participation in the first-ever broadcast incentive auction, the FCC adopted rules permitting primary broadcast television licensees (full power and Class A TV stations) to share a single TV channel, giving potential bidders an option to sell their spectrum to the Commission while staying on the air. In 2015,...
Smaller Market LPTVs Optimistic Post-Auction (3/2/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] At this time last year, the spectrum auction was on the horizon—and so was a great deal of uncertainty for LPTV stations. An official clearing target for the auction had not yet been set. There was talk of an 84 MHz clearing target with TV channels 38 and above being auctioned to...
NAB: Repack Time, Money Insufficient (3/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] A broadcaster witness representing the National Association of Broadcasters told a Senate panel Thursday (March 2) that broadcasters still don’t think that the 39-month timetable for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction, and the $1.75 billion relocation fund, will be sufficient. That came at a spectrum hearing in the Senate...
March 8 FCC Hearing in House Postponed (3/2/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …The hearing was scheduled to deal with budget issues, spectrum auctions, and FCC process, among other things. Subcommittee chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has said that her priorities are reauthorization of both the National Telecommunications & Information Administration and the FCC. Her first oversight hearing was on NTIA. “I’m looking forward to having...
NATE Unite 2017 (3/2/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …The broadcast repack is the industry term for the upcoming relocation of TV broadcasters into new spectrum bands. Several TV stations are in the process of selling spectrum to wireless carriers through the federal government’s 600 MHz spectrum auction. In order to stay on the air after the auction ends, many...
Testimony of Pat LaPlatney at Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Spectrum (3/2/2017) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] …I want to highlight one issue currently before Congress that does pose challenges to viewers’ ability to enjoy the benefits of Next Gen TV – successful completion of the broadcast incentive auction. As the auction winds its way to completion, one thing is certain: the broadcast industry will end up...
As spectrum auction winds down, some public TV stations must plan moves to new channels (3/2/2017) - [Source: Current] Public broadcasters who learned that their TV stations will be moving to new channels during the “repack” phase of the FCC’s spectrum auction are questioning how to manage the costs of the engineering projects, which must be completed no later than the middle of 2020. The FCC has committed $1.75 billion of the...
FCC’s March 8 Hearing in House Postponed (3/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The House Communications Subcommittee is postponing its planned March 8 FCC reauthorization hearing at which all the commissioners had been expected to testify, according to a copy of an email to Hill staffers alerting them to the change Wednesday obtained by B&C. The hearing was scheduled to deal with budget issues,...
Station Zombies Afoot In Post-Auction World (3/2/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] With the FCC’s incentive auction slated to close once and for all on March 30, broadcasters are trying to adapt to the new post-auction environment — and make some money in the process. Some who sold spectrum, but still have their broadcast licenses — so-called zombie stations — are looking to sell off...
Deutsche Telekom CEO says keen on U.S. mobile consolidation (3/2/2017) - [Source: 4-Traders] …Sources told Reuters last month that Japan’s SoftBank was prepared to cede control of U.S. number-four mobile carrier Sprint to enable a Sprint-T-Mobile merger, although it had not yet approached T-Mobile. No merger talks are currently allowed between rival bidders in a U.S. airwave spectrum auction, which should end next month.
Gray ‘Optimistic’ Despite Slow First Quarter (3/1/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Gray announced on Feb. 8 that it would be getting $90.8 million from the sale of spectrum in the FCC incentive auction. Latek said Gray will use the money to pay for the two stations it is purchasing from Diversified Communications for $85 million. That makes the acquisition “essentially leverage neutral,” he said....
Dish Network’s Subscriber Numbers Boosted By Sling TV, But Will ARPU See Pressure (3/1/2017) - [Source: Trefis] …[Dish Network] also participated as a bidder in the FCC’s incentive auction during the year, though management was not able to elaborate on its bidding status on the earnings call. Management also stated that the company’s options are still open in terms of how it will use its current spectrum holdings. Dish’s Pay-TV business witnessed...
ATSC 3.0 on Docket for Senate Spectrum Hearing (3/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The broadcast incentive auction, which wraps up March 30 with broadcasters giving up 84 MHz for about $10 billion and wireless operators offering up about $19.6 billion, plus whatever is added through the follow-on assignment phase auction. The memo points out that over the past 24 years, “the FCC has conducted...
Streamlined Tribune Media Co. Posts Q4 Gains On Political Ads, Carriage Fees (3/1/2017) - [Source: Forbes] A more refined, more TV-centric Tribune Media Co. swung into the black in the fourth quarter, posting a revenue gain of 11% thanks to political advertising and higher retransmission and carriage fees… Last month, Tribune said it expects to receive about $190 million in pretax proceeds from the FCC’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast...
ATSC 3.0 On Docket for Senate Spectrum Hearing (3/1/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …The broadcast incentive auction, which wraps up March 30 with broadcasters giving up 84 MHz for about $10 billion and wireless operators offering up about $19.6 billion, plus whatever is added through the follow-on assignment phase auction–the last piece of the puzzle–which ends March 30. The memo points out that over the...
Gray Reports Record Operating Results (3/1/2017) - [Source: ADVFN] …On February 7, 2017, we announced that we anticipate receiving $90.8 million in proceeds from the FCC’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. We do not expect any material change in operations or revenue for us or for any individual market in which we operate. We anticipate that the proceeds will be...
Tribune Media Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Results (3/1/2017) - [Source: ADVFN] …On February 8, 2017, the Company announced that it expects to receive approximately $190 million in pretax proceeds resulting from the FCC’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by the Company or channel share partners of television stations owned or operated by the Company during...
LPTV’s Pitch FCC’s O’Rielly on Repack Challenges, Opportunities (2/28/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Michael Gravino, director of the LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition, was at the FCC last week meeting with Republican commissioner Michael O’Rielly and top staffers to highlight the issues his members have had, are having, and will have, with the spectrum auction and its aftermath. That, according to an ex parte filing...
Morning Tech: Tech watch on Trump’s address to Congress (2/28/2017) - [Source: Politico] …Durbin, FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s chief of staff Matthew Berry, Rep. Greg Walden (via video) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will address the National Association of Broadcasters’ State Leadership Conference this morning… about how the new, Republican-led FCC is tackling issues from net neutrality to the spectrum auction…
Nexstar Q4 revenues rise as company expects $479M from spectrum auction (2/28/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Nexstar Media used the occasion of its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings to reveal how it did in the FCC’s recently concluded broadcast incentive spectrum auctions. The company said that it did not sell any of the Nexstar spectrum that was offered but sales of Media General’s spectrum resulted in $479 million...
Nexstar Media Fourth Quarter Net Revenue Rises 22.8% to a Record $309.9 Million (2/28/2017) - [Source: MarketWatch] …Later in 2017, Nexstar is expected to receive an estimated $479.0 million of gross proceeds from the National Broadband Plan Spectrum Auction related to the disposition of Media General’s spectrum. None of the spectrum Nexstar offered was selected during the auction process because prices available in the auction fell below the value we...
Nexstar 4Q Revenue Up 23% To $310 Million (2/28/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The big driver for a record fourth quarter was political of $60 million, plus a 23% gain in retrans money and $25.7 million in digital revenue. It also says it will get $479 million this year in incentive auction money for Media General spectrum. Nexstar Broadcasting Group today reported record fourth quarter 2016...
Sinclair Reports Higher Fourth-Quarter Profits (2/28/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable]  …Sinclair previously announced that it expect to receive $313 million of gross proceeds from that spectrum auction later this year. “With the spectrum auction coming to an end and the potential for deregulation on the horizon, we expect 2017 to be a pivotal year for Sinclair and the broadcast industry,” said...
How The FCC’s TV Auction Might Affect You (2/27/2017) - [Source: Radio Ink] A new blog by NAB VP of Spectrum Policy Patrick McFadden details how the FCC’s TV spectrum incentive auction points out how some radio stations might be impacted. For example, McFadden says, “many towers that are home to repacked television stations are also home to FM radio stations, which are not being...
NAB Blog Post Warns Of Impact On Radio From TV Channel Repack (2/27/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] The National Association of Broadcasters’ blog has a post TODAY from Associate General Counsel PATRICK MCFADDEN that warns of possible impact on radio for the future from the FCC’s repack of TV channels after the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. In the post, MCFADDEN notes that the NAB had asked the...
NAB to Uncle Sam: Allow FM Reimbursement in TV Repack (2/27/2017) - [Source: Radio World] Radio stations should not have to pay “out of pocket” just to stay in business as a result of the TV auction repack; the U.S. government’s repacking process should allow reimbursement to “bystander” FMs for costs they incur to maintain their service through the transition. So argues an NAB official. The TV...
Lougee: Tegna Nears Deal With Virtual MVPDs (2/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Tegna Media President Dave Lougee says that negotiations with streaming services like Sony PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now are progressing smoothly… He also says Tegna sold no spectrum in the incentive auction. Look for Tegna stations to soon be part of the virtual MVPDs like DirecTV Now and Sony PlayStation Vue, Tegna Media...
FCC Starting Mock Assignment Phase Auction Feb. 28 (2/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC will be holding a mock auction starting Feb. 28 (and going through March 2) for the assignment phase of its broadcast incentive spectrum auction as it prepares to wrap up that auction process. Bidding began May 31, 2016. It held a practice auction Feb. 22. The real assignment phase...
$157 Million To Be Awarded to the San Bernardino Community College District from FCC’s Spectrum Auction (2/27/2017) - [Source: KCVR-TV] San Bernardino Community College District announced today that it expects to receive $157 million as a result of its voluntary participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast incentive auction to free up bandwidth for mobile and wireless providers. The proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of a bid placed by the District – which...
FCC Starting Mock Assignment Phase Auction Feb. 28 (2/27/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC will be holding a mock auction starting Feb. 28 (and going through March 2) for the assignment phase of its broadcast incentive spectrum auction as it prepares to wrap up that auction process. Bidding began May 31, 2016. It held a practice auction Feb. 22. The real assignment phase auction...
SoftBank CEO’s 30-year vision covers ARM, OneWeb, AI – but not Sprint (2/27/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …SoftBank is reportedly willing to give T-Mobile control of Sprint if necessary to achieve a merger… a Reuters report citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter” said SoftBank has yet to approach Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile, about the subject due to the FCC’s anti-collusion restrictions during the ongoing incentive auction of 600...
Public broadcaster KRCB’s shoestring success story tied to CEO Nancy Dobbs (2/25/2017) - [Source: The Press Democrat] …The news came with a big headline earlier this month. KRCB has, in language other than government-speak, hit the jackpot. It has been chosen for a share of the Federal Communications Commission’s $20 billion auction to clear the airwaves for the burgeoning telecommunications industry. Channel 22’s share: a cool $72 million....
Information Concerning the Assignment Phase of the Forward Auction (Auction 1002), Including the Schedule for Practice and Mock Auctions… (2/25/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …In this document, the Incentive Auction Task Force (Task Force) and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) announce information regarding the assignment phase of the forward auction (Auction 1002), including the schedule Start Printed Page 11916for the practice and mock auctions. Specifically, the Task Force and Bureau announce the availability of the assignment phase...
Sprint, T-Mobile may see open door for merger (2/24/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] As the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction nears closure, Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. soon will have an opening for merger talks. Though T-Mobile (Nasdaq: TMUS) and other participants are still in a “quiet period” until the auction ends on March 30, both carriers have hinted at a possible...
FCC Moves Forward With New Broadcast Standard (2/24/2017) - [Source: Telco Transformation] …Chairman Pai anticipates having a final order by the end of 2017, so it will take some months yet. But the NRPM does allow broadcasters to keep ATSC 3.0 requirements in mind during the upcoming post-auction channel “repack.” The NRPM only addresses some elements of the set of technologies associated with the...
Senate to Look at Spectrum Value (2/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Senate Communications Subcommittee will hold its first hearing of the new Congress March 2, and the subject is spectrum, specifically its value to the U.S. economy. That will include looking at the demand for licensed and unlicensed spectrum, as well as the FCC’s spectrum auctions—the broadcast incentive auction is wrapping...
Senate Looks At Spectrum Value (2/24/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …[The March 2nd hearing] will include looking at the demand for licensed and unlicensed spectrum, as well as the FCC’s spectrum auctions–the broadcast incentive auction is wrapping up at the end of March. It’s value to the Treasury is at least $7 billion. The witness list has been set. It comprises Scott Bergmann,...
FCC Greenlights ATSC 3.0 (2/23/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …Today’s vote was just the start, as the NPRM remains open for comment, but it frees up broadcasters to retrofit facilities for 3.0 during the upcoming post-incentive auction channel repack. Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of communications for the National Association of Broadcasters—one of the petitioners—offered the following statement: “NAB commends the...
FCC Proposes Rules For 3.0 Adoption (2/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Jerry Fritz, EVP of One Media… said he was delighted by the action. “The opportunities opened are immense, and we’d like to begin providing these enhanced services to our viewers as quickly as possible. The convergence of Next Gen deployment and the broadcast station repack marks both a practical and strategic relaunch of...
Lima-based Christian Tv Station Gets $7.7 Million In Fcc Auction, To… (2/23/2017) - [Source: Wopular] WTLW TV-44, a Lima-based Christian TV station, will be compensated $7.7 million to change broadcast frequencies as a result of the recent FCC spectrum auction. The FCC was commissioned by Congress to repurpose broadcast spectrum for mobile phone use. The frequency change will be made in about 18 months, with the station still...
The airwaves, not the content sent over them, made a TV station valuable (2/23/2017) - [Source: Granite Geek] …The FCC is buying airwaves from broadcasters around the country and will resell them for improving wireless internet services. In the widely reported announcement, [Bill] Binnie also said he sold WBIN’s television license, a legal requirement for putting a TV station on the air, to an unnamed “major television group” for between...
How Starboard Hopes to Extract Value From Tribune (2/22/2017) - [Source: The Street] …When it comes to Tribune Media, a major spectrum auction and possible relaxation of Federal Communications Commission media ownership rules could be driving factors when it comes to Smith’s campaign. The Chicago owner of cable network WGN America also is a large television broadcaster, with 42 TV stations and a market capitalization...
FCC Plans Post-Auction Procedures Workshop (2/22/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau will host a public workshop to review procedures related to the post-auction broadcast transition on Monday, March 13, 2017. Following the auction, now in the assignment phase, the commission will issue a public notice beginning the 39-month period during which...
Repack Complexities Abound (2/22/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] As I write this, Stage 4 of the reverse auction has ended and it appears likely the UHF broadcast TV band will be reduced to Channels 14–36 (470– 608 MHz). When UHF spectrum was originally opened for broadcasting, it occupied Channels 14–83 (470–890 MHz), with Channel 37 reserved for radio astronomy and...
Why Big Activist Is Targeting Tribune Media (2/22/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Tribune Media also has raised funds via a recent FCC auction. The company said earlier this month that it collected about $190 million from the auction, which allowed TV station owners to sell their broadcast TV spectrum licenses to wireless carriers, with the government acting as a middle man. A number of...
Ergen: Dish is Ready for 5G (2/22/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …Dish hasn’t been able to work with a partner on the planning phase because of anti-collusion rules connected to the ongoing federal spectrum auction, in which Dish is among the participants. But [Dish Network CEO Charlie] Ergen said those restrictions are expected to be lifted in the next six-to-seven weeks. “It’s all...
Sinclair Predicts 1Q Gains Despite Flat Core (2/22/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Sinclair announced on Feb. 9 that it anticipated earning $313 million from spectrum sales in the incentive auction. President-CEO Christopher Ripley said three stations were sold (unspecified), and noted that there would be no resulting loss of national footprint coverage or MVPD income. Sinclair is highly optimistic about regime change at the FCC....
Dish Network CEO: Streaming Video Is Starting To Replace Traditional Pay TV (2/22/2017) - [Source: Deadline Hollywood] [Dish CEO Charlie] Ergen declined to say how many people subscribe to Sling. The company also said it can’t discuss what it’s doing in the FCC’s spectrum auction. With its satellite and spectrum holdings, Dish’s name frequently comes up in merger talks — including with wireless companies such as T-Mobile and Sprint. “We’re...
Verizon top candidate for Dish’s spectrum, but timing uncertain (2/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …while Dish is on the clock due to the FCC’s build-out mandates, the company may have more time than it appears there as well. Dish has until March 2020 to build a network using its spectrum to cover 70 percent of the country, and some believe the FCC may extend that...
Sinclair doubles Q4 profits, eyes big 2017 amid deregulation (2/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Following a relatively strong quarter that didn’t quite live up to analysts’ expectations, Sinclair is looking ahead to 2017 and anticipating big things with the broadcast incentive auctions over, a new FCC chairman in place and ATSC 3.0 approval in the pipeline. “With the spectrum auction coming to an end and...
Sinclair Reports Higher First-Quarter Profits (2/22/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Sinclair previously announced that it expect to receive $313 million of gross proceeds from that spectrum auction later this year. “With the spectrum auction coming to an end and the potential for deregulation on the horizon, we expect 2017 to be a pivotal year for Sinclair and the broadcast industry,” said...
Sinclair 4Q Media Rev. Rises 33% To $727M (2/22/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Sinclair Broadcast Group today reported that in the three months ended Dec. 31, its media revenues, before barter, increased 33.1% to $726.7 million versus $545.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015… “With the spectrum auction coming to an end and the potential for deregulation on the horizon, we expect 2017 to be a pivotal year for...
Sinclair Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results (2/22/2017) - [Source: KCTV 5 News] “With the spectrum auction coming to an end and the potential for deregulation on the horizon, we expect 2017 to be a pivotal year for Sinclair and the broadcast industry,” commented David Smith, Executive Chairman.  “Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission is in process of conducting a rulemaking proceeding for the use...
SoftBank stirs up Sprint/T-Mobile speculation (2/21/2017) - [Source: TelecomAsia] …With the new Trump administration seen as more amenable to a deal that would leave three major wireless carriers instead of four than the Obama administration was, many expect SoftBank to take another shot. They might have tried already but there’s a spectrum auction going on that puts a damper on actual merger...
Post-Incentive Auction Procedures Workshop Announced (2/21/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] On Monday, March 13, 2017, the Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau will host a public workshop to review procedures related to the post-auction broadcast transition. Following the auction, the Commission will issue a public notice beginning the 39-month period during which some full power and Class A broadcast television...
How Far Will SoftBank Go To Close A Sprint – T-Mobile Deal? (2/21/2017) - [Source: Trefis] …Deutsche Telekom to discuss a deal, on account of the FCC’s ongoing spectrum auction and the related anti-collusion rules that forbid discussions between rivals during the auction period, there is a possibility that the carriers could begin negotiations after the auction concludes in April….
Assessing The Likelihood Of A Sprint – T-Mobile Merger (2/21/2017) - [Source: Forbes] …While SoftBank has yet to approach T-Mobile’s parent Deutsche Telekom to discuss a deal, on account of the FCC’s ongoing spectrum auction and the related anti-collusion rules that forbid discussions between rivals during the auction period, there is a possibility that the carriers could begin negotiations after the auction concludes in April. We...
Wireless capex 15% below estimates in Q4, signaling ‘muted’ spending in 2017 (2/21/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] ….Meanwhile, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are all likely to spend billions on 600 MHz airwaves in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ spectrum. And carriers’ efforts to densify their networks via small cells have been hampered by permitting difficulties and other headaches at the municipal level. Indeed, wireless capex...
Sprint and T-Mobile: Calling For a Merger? (2/21/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Under the rules of the FCC 600 MHz spectrum auction, which ended on Feb. 10, the auction players are not allowed to discuss mergers and acquisitions. Once the auction winners are announced (in about two weeks) the restrictions will be lifted and the dealmaking can begin. The wireless auction raised $19.6 billion...
SoftBank preparing to approach T-Mobile about Sprint merger: Reuters, citing sources (2/21/2017) - [Source: Cote-Ivoire] …SoftBank hasn’t actually approached Deutsche Telekom regarding a possible deal because of the anti-collusion rules related to the ongoing 600MHz spectrum auction. Barclays analysts wrote in a note in December that a merger of T-Mobile and Sprint could result in $25 billion to $30 billion in synergies but said, “it is not imminently...
It’s Moving Time Again For Broadcast TV Stations (2/20/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The seemingly endless spectrum auction is not quite over, but it now has an end date of March 30, and the FCC is not waiting until then to nudge broadcasters toward their new spectrum homes, or to give them a potentially transformative way to transmit their over-the-air signals. While broadcasters’ portion...
Binnie Media Drops Classical From Two Signals In Portland, ME (2/20/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] …Last week, BINNIE MEDIA announced last week that it is taking the money from the spectrum incentive auction and shutting down its independent WBIN-TV (NH1)/DERRY-MANCHESTER.  The station’s news operation was abruptly shut down on FRIDAY, although it will continue online and for radio, while the TV station will be closed...
TV broadcasters get another shot at leveraging channels into cash (2/20/2017) - [Source: Current] The FCC’s incentive auction may not have resulted in the jackpot payday that some television broadcasters hoped for, but public broadcasters could still benefit financially through channel-sharing deals. By working out agreements to share their channels with other noncommercial and commercial broadcasters that did succeed in selling their spectrum, public TV stations have...
Softbank prepared to hand over control of Sprint as part of T-Mobile merger (2/20/2017) - [Source: Total Telecom] Softbank would be willing to hand over control of U.S. arm Sprint to T-Mobile US in order to secure a merger between the two telcos. This is according to sources cited by Reuters late last week. According to the report, Softbank has not approached T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom about the alleged proposal...
Sprint & T-Mobile Inching Inching Closer to Merger? (2/20/2017) - [Source: Fox Business News] Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp is prepared to give up control of Sprint Corp (S) to Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile (TMUS) to clinch a merger of the two U.S. wireless carriers, according to people familiar with the matter. SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the U.S....
American Spirit Media Announces Spectrum Auction Results (2/20/2017) - [Source: Adweek] American Spirit Media says its Richmond CW affiliate WUPV will take a lower position in the TV spectrum after participating in the FCC’s auction. “American Spirit took the opportunity to strategically create value for the company without impacting its mission to serve our local viewers,” American Spirit said in a statement. “That strategy...
SoftBank, DT to Start Talks on Sprint, T-Mobile Merger – Report (2/20/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …SoftBank Corp. and Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) are expected to begin discussions about a possible deal in April after the spectrum auction that is currently underway draws to a close, say Reuters’ sources. Regulatory rules prohibit rivals from entering into discussions during an auction process. A tie-up between T-Mobile US Inc....
WBIN Sells For $68M in Spectrum Auction (2/20/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck / New Hampshire Union Leader] A New Hampshire television station that debuted in 2014 has been sold at auction to the FCC for an estimated $100 million and will go off the air in the coming months. Bill Binnie of WBIN, licensed to Derry, N.H., but included in the Boston DMA (9) said...
SoftBank turned Sprint from hunter to willing prey (2/20/2017) - [Source: Live Mint] …As Reuters pointed out, formal discussions can’t happen now because of anti-collusion rules that prevent talks during a spectrum auction that’s taking place. But when contacts can continue, around April, it’s unlikely that Sprint will be any stronger than it is today. A gain in the stock would be due to merger...
Softbank would cede control of post-merger Sprint-T-Mobile US in order to seal deal (2/20/2017) - [Source: Telegeography] …The sources told the news agency that SoftBank has not yet approached DT to discuss the projected deal because the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing auction of airwaves. As such, when the 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’)...
SoftBank willing to give up control of combined Sprint (2/19/2017) - [Source: Sinema Blaze] …Stocks of both T-Mobile and Sprint received a surge following the news. Sprint closed at $9.30, up 3.33% percent. While details remain scarce, the FCC is now holding a 600MHz spectrum auction until April, and accordingly has imposed some strict anti-collusion rules that prevent acquisition discussions between rivals until the airwave auctions...
Deutsche Telekom May Get Control of Sprint, In Merger (2/18/2017) - [Source: Ambiente Ja] …SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing auction of airwaves. Instead of acquiring the mobile telecom giant, it appears Softbank is willing to “give up control” of Sprint. Since...
SoftBank Willing to Cede Control of Sprint to Entice T-Mobile (2/18/2017) - [Source: NewsMax Finance] …SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing auction of airwaves. After the auction ends in April, the two parties are expected to begin negotiations, the sources told Reuters this...
WBIN-TV sells broadcasting rights for millions, lays off staff (2/18/2017) - [Source: New Hampshire Union Leader] WBIN-TV said Friday it “will cease broadcasting in the coming months” after selling its television broadcasting rights to the Federal Communications Commission. News programming will end immediately. Sources said a majority of the staff was laid off at a meeting on Friday morning, in what they were calling “Black Friday.”...
WBIN-TV sold to give more space to wireless communications (2/18/2017) - [Source: The Laconia Daily Sun] WBIN-TV failed to break WMUR-TV’s monopoly on New Hampshire’s television market, but Bill Binnie, the president of Binnie Media, reaped a tenfold return on his investment of $9 million by selling his company’s broadcast rights to Federal Communication Commission and its television license to a major network in complex transaction...
Capitol Beat: Leahy asks Trump to stand by CFPB director (2/18/2017) - [Source: The Times Argus] Vermont PBS announced Friday it has accepted a bid of $ 56 million for one of its four broadcast licenses in the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction. PBS officials said Vermonters will not see any reduction in over-the-air coverage. The station plans to re-engineer its network and upgrade its remaining signals...
SoftBank willing to give up control of combined Sprint-T-Mobile? (2/18/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] …SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom are not allowed to discuss a deal with each other yet because of the ongoing FCC auction of 600MHz of spectrum. Federal anti-collusion laws prevent the two from holding talks of any kind until the auction ends, which is expected to take place in April. Once the long...
Sprint And T-Mobile Merger Now Possible With Softbank Willing To Cede Control (2/18/2017) - [Source: iTech Post] …Deutsche Telekom also stressed that it is no longer interested in selling T-Mobile which is another reason why Softbank is now looking at selling instead of buying. Nothing is currently happening, however, as anti-collusion rules set by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prevent rival companies from having negotiations during a spectrum auction....
Vermont PBS Sells Broadcast License (2/17/2017) - [Source: Valley News] Vermont PBS has sold one of its four broadcast licenses to the Federal Communications Commission for $56 million through the federal regulators’ spectrum auction, the broadcaster announced on Friday. The sale will not reduce the over-the-air reach of Vermont PBS, CEO Holly Groschner said during a news conference at its Colchester studio....
T-Mobile stock climbs on report SoftBank open to Sprint combination (2/17/2017) - [Source: Seattle Times] …SoftBank can’t yet talk to T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, because of a gag rule related to an auction of U.S. airwave licenses, but the companies are expected to begin negotiations when that process ends, Reuters reported Friday. The stock of Sprint, based in Overland Park, Kansas, jumped 3.3 percent. Sprint and...
T-Mobile Has a Lot of Negotiating Power in Any Merger Talks with Sprint (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Reuters reports Japanese tech/telecom conglomerate SoftBank… is willing to forego control of a merged Sprint/T-Mobile entity to T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom as part of a deal. It adds SoftBank and DT are expected to start merger talks in April, after a major FCC low-band spectrum auction that prevents current discussions ends. The report...
T-Mobile Rises on Report SoftBank Open to Sprint Combination (2/17/2017) - [Source: Bloomberg Technology] …SoftBank can’t yet talk to T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom AG, because of a gag rule related to an auction of U.S. airwave licenses, but the companies are expected to begin negotiations when that process ends, Reuters reported Friday. Sprint, based in Overland Park, Kansas, jumped as much as 4.9 percent. Sprint...
Access to airwaves made WBIN valuable in $68M sale (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Concord Monitor] Television broadcasting is all about visuals, but it turns out that the valuable part of WBIN-TV wasn’t anything that we could see. On Friday, Bill Binnie announced that he would be shutting down the state’s youngest television station because he had sold its broadcast spectrum – the right to send out its...
Mobile And Sprint Deal: Companies Could Try To Merge Again (2/17/2017) - [Source: Bonham Journal] …No talks between SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom are now happening because of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction that prevents collusion between competing companies. And forthcoming fifth-generation wireless upgrades, or 5G, are expected to cost billions of dollars. SoftBank first attempted to acquire T-Mobile in 2014 but abandoned those efforts after experiencing pushback...
SoftBank Examines Connection Between Sprint, T (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Olathe Edge] …No talks between SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom are now happening because of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction that prevents collusion between competing companies. A combined Sprint and T-Mobile company could spell a lot of trouble for AT&T and Verizon, they would still be third place, but they would have a ton...
Sprint Could Sell To T-Mobile, But Dish Network Looms (2/17/2017) - [Source: Sinema Blaze] …No talks between SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom are now happening because of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction that prevents collusion between competing companies. There still may be roadblocks in regards to antitrust issues for a possible merger, yet the benefits could be well worth the effort as carriers will need to invest...
SoftBank Conceding Sprint To Help A T-Mo Merger (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Lake Andes Wave] … Softbank and and Deutsche Telekom haven’t had discussions yet because the companies aren’t legally allowed to talk to each other during an auction of airwaves going on right now, in which the FCC has set aside a swath of spectrum for bidding specifically for smaller players. Once the auction...
Softbank and T-Mobile reportedly trying again for merger (2/17/2017) - [Source: Learning and Finance] …With that being said, neither company will be able to discuss a merger until after March 31 due to anti-collusion rules that are in place during the current wireless spectrum auction. Which has led to some people saying that SoftBank may give up control of Sprint to Deutsche Telekom, which is...
Sprint, T-Mobile Shares Jump on Reports of Merger Plans (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Street] …SoftBank hasn’t yet met with Deutsche Telekom, the owner of T-Mobile US, about a possible tie-up with Sprint because Federal Trade Commission rules bar collusion between telecommunications companies during government auctions for wireless spectrum licenses, Reuters noted. The auction is in its final stages and is expected to end in early March, at...
Softbank Willing To Cede Control Of Sprint To Deutsche Telekom To… (2/17/2017) - [Source: Boxden] …SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing auction of airwaves. After the auction ends in April, the two parties are expected to begin negotiations, the sources told Reuters this week....
Sprint, T-Mobile merger under consideration again, given change in US regulatory climate (2/17/2017) - [Source: Apple Insider] According to sources… SoftBank is willing to surrender control of Sprint. SoftBank has not started negotiations for the possible blockbuster deal. U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules strictly prohibit discussions of nearly any sort during an open broadcast spectrum auction —which is currently underway, and will conclude in April. “We may buy, we may...
T-Mobile And Sprint Shares Spike As Merger Prospects Brighten (2/17/2017) - [Source: Yahoo!] …[A Reuters article] notes that the companies aren’t engaged in deal talks yet. The FCC bars them from collusion while they’re engaged in its airwave spectrum auction. That’s expected to end in April. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges told investors in November that he’s “not in the mood of selling” T-Mobile, a change from the company’s...
WUPV Richmond Will Be Moving (2/17/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] American Spirit Media, owners of WUPV, a CW affiliate in Richmond, Va., said Friday it was a winner in the FCC’s spectrum auction. It did not say what its winnings were but did say it had agreed to move to a lower channel. It is a UHF station (ch. 47), so...
Is a Merger in the Air? – SoftBank Could be Willing to Surrender Control of Sprint and Take Minority Stake in T-Mobile (2/17/2017) - [Source: MacTrast] …Serious negotiations for such a deal have not yet taken place, due to the strict anti-collusion rules that are in effect during the ongoing spectrum auction. The FCC-conducted auction ends on March 30, when negotiations between the two carriers are expected to begin in earnest. SoftBank, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile all declined...
SoftBank could give T-Mobile control to secure Sprint deal (2/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …A Reuters report citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter” said SoftBank has yet to approach Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile, about the subject due to the FCC’s anti-collusion restrictions during the ongoing incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum. The companies are expected to open discussions when those rules are no...
SoftBank Renews Interest In Sprint Merger With T-Mobile (2/17/2017) - [Source: Hot Hardware] …It remains to be seen if regulators will have the stomach for a second round of merger talks between Sprint and T-Mobile. With that being said, neither company will be able to discuss a merger until after March 31st due to anti-collusion rules that are in place during the current wireless spectrum...
T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line (2/17/2017) - [Source: SlashGear] …Though SoftBank hasn’t approached Deutsche Telekom about this plot just yet, those sources say that negotiations will begin in April, once an ongoing auction of wireless spectrum has come to an end. When those negotiations kick off, SoftBank could offer to part with its controlling stake in Sprint to see the merger through....
SoftBank would give up control of Sprint to get T-Mobile merger done, says report (2/17/2017) - [Source: Phone Dog] …No talks between SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom are currently happening because of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction that prevents collusion between competing companies. Once the auction ends in April, though, it’s expected that SoftBank will approached Deutsche Telekom about a deal…
Telecom Alert: February 13, 2017… Incentive Auction Forward Bidding Comes to Close… (2/17/2017) - [Source: National Law Review] Last week, clock phase bidding in the incentive auction ended.  The forward auction clock phase generated $19.6 billion in winning bids on 84 MHz of spectrum.  According to an FCC blog post by the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force, the incentive auction will now proceed to the assignment...
Vermont PBS gains $56M from sale in spectrum auction (2/17/2017) - [Source: Current] Vermont PBS will receive $56 million from the FCC spectrum auction after selling one of its four broadcast licenses. The sale of the license for WTVA will not affect viewers, according to the station, which will re-engineer its network and upgrade signals to fill the gap in coverage. The station plans to invest...
Howard University decides it won’t sell its public TV station in the FCC spectrum auction (2/17/2017) - [Source: Nieman Lab] Howard University said Thursday that it’s withdrawing from the FCC’s spectrum auction, which enabled broadcast license holders to sell all or portions of their spectrum as part of an initiative to enable wireless carriers to expand their reach. Howard, based in Washington, D.C., was considering selling the license to its public television...
Report: SoftBank wants to merge Sprint and T-Mobile by selling its stake in Sprint (2/17/2017) - [Source: Angle News] …Any deal would probably still face regulatory scrutiny, though the Trump administration could be more accepting than Obama’s was. AT&T and Verizon would more than likely come out against the deal, though. Sprint has a ton of spectrum that could make the new, larger T-Mobile a serious threat to the bigger carriers. The...
Report: Softbank trying to revive T-Mobile-Sprint merger (2/17/2017) - [Source: USA Today] …SoftBank hasn’t approached Deutsche Telekom, the majority owner of T-Mobile, yet, the report says. That’s because the Federal Communications Commission had banned discussions among rivals during an ongoing wireless spectrum auction. But Reuters, which pinned the report on people familiar with the matter, said merger discussions could begin in April. T-Mobile’s stock closed...
Is a T-Mobile-Sprint merger about to be revived? (2/17/2017) - [Source: Citizen-Times] …SoftBank hasn’t approached Deutsche Telekom, the majority owner of T-Mobile, yet, the report says. That’s because the Federal Communications Commission had banned discussions among rivals during an ongoing wireless spectrum auction. But Reuters, which pinned the report on people familiar with the matter, said merger discussions could begin in April. T-Mobile’s stock closed up...
T-Mobile and Sprint may get to merge under Trump (2/17/2017) - [Source: Axios] …the only thing holding the companies back at the moment [from combining] is the fact that they are prohibited from talking to one another during an ongoing U.S. spectrum auction. Backstory: SoftBank and T-Mobile majority owner Deutsche Telekom talked before, giving up only when it was clear the Obama administration was going to...
WRNN-TV selling spectrum rights for $212M, will stay on the air (2/17/2017) - [Source: LOHUD] WRNN-TV, an independent television station owned and operated by RNN of Rye Brook, anticipates a $212 million payout from the sale of its broadcast spectrum in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission‘s reverse auction. TVNewsCheck, a television industry news outlet, first reported this deal earlier this week. The sale was part of the FCC’s so-called broadcast incentive spectrum auction,...
Raycom Gives Up WUAB Spectrum (2/17/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Raycom Media Friday announced its spectrum auction results but did not talk money. Instead, it made clear that despite winning and giving up some of its spectrum in Cleveland that simply meant moving programming from WUAB, whose spectrum it gave up, to another channel. One of the options in the auction was...
Raycom Media Announces FCC Spectrum Auction Results (2/17/2017) - [Source: Raycom Media] Raycom Media participated in the recent FCC Incentive auction and strategically evaluated opportunities that could bring value to the company yet not compromise our core mission to serve our local communities. The Cleveland, Ohio market represented such an opportunity. Raycom Media announces we will relinquish part of our spectrum in the Cleveland,...
WHUT-TV Withdrawn From Federal Communications Commission Auction (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Hilltop] After a little over a year since announced that Howard University decided that it would participate in the Federal Communication Commissions Broadcast Incentive Auction, Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick released a statement yesterday stating that Howard will keep its noncommercial license to operate WHUT-TV, the only Black-owned public television station in the country....
This Could Be SoftBank’s New Strategy to Woo T-Mobile (2/17/2017) - [Source: Fortune] …SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing auction of airwaves. After the auction ends in April, the two parties are expected to begin negotiations, the sources told Reuters this week....
N.H. TV station sold for nearly $100 million (2/17/2017) - [Source: Fosters] WBIN-TV announced Friday that is has been sold to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a recently completed spectrum auction. The total proceeds from the complex transaction are estimated to be almost $100 million dollars. WBIN-TV sold its television broadcast rights in the FCC auction for $68.1 million dollars. Additionally, it entered into...
CMU selling Flint public TV station (2/17/2017) - [Source: My San Antonio] Central Michigan University has outlined plans for its five public television and eight radio stations following the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast spectrum auction, which was conducted to gain spectrum for the nation’s cellular and digital services. CMU Public Broadcasting will continue to operate its radio stations and four TV stations across...
Cleveland CBS affiliate tries to quell viewer confusion following auction (2/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] A Cleveland CBS broadcast affiliate owned by Raycom is trying to assure viewers that it is not going off the air following the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions. In what will likely be a similar scenario for other broadcasters involved in the auctions, WUAB explained in a blog post that only its...
Vermont PBS sells broadcast license back to the feds for $56 million (2/17/2017) - [Source: VTDigger] Vermont PBS has sold one of its four broadcast licenses to the Federal Communications Commission for $56 million through the federal regulators’ spectrum auction, the broadcaster announced Friday. The sale will not reduce the over-the-air reach of Vermont PBS, said CEO Holly Groschner during a news conference at its Colchester studio. The broadcaster...
Vermont PBS Reaps $56 Million Windfall in FCC Spectrum Auction (2/17/2017) - [Source: Seven Days] Vermont PBS announced Friday that it sold one of its four broadcast licenses for $56 million, money it plans to use to fund new programs and expand services for years to come. The station said the loss of the license would not cause any reduction in over-the-air coverage. Instead, the windfall could transform...
Univision scores $376M in FCC spectrum auctions (2/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Univision is the latest broadcaster to reveal how much it made off the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions. The Spanish-language programmer said it expects to receive about $376 million in net proceeds. Like other broadcasters who’ve also shared proceeds expectations, Univision did not mention specific stations affected but said that the proceeds...
Vermont PBS sells Mt Ascutney license for $56 million (2/17/2017) - [Source: Vermont Business Magazine] Vermont PBS announced today that it accepted a bid of $56 million for one of its four broadcast licenses, WVTA, in the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction. Vermonters will not see any reduction in over the air coverage. Vermont PBS will reengineer its network and upgrade its remaining signals to replicate...
WBIN-TV sold in FCC Auction; NH1 News to invest in new digital platforms (2/17/2017) - [Source: NH1] WBIN-TV announced today that it has been sold to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a recently completed auction. The total proceeds from the complex transaction are estimated to be nearly $100 million dollars. In a process called the “Spectrum Auction”, the FCC is purchasing local TV stations and reselling their over-the-air rights,...
Verizon Requires Unlimited Patience Buffett Didn’t Have (2/17/2017) - [Source: NewsMax Finance] …Amy Yong, an analyst at Macquarie Research, wrote in a note Monday that far lower-than-expected spending on the recent government-led spectrum auction may have been partly driven by Verizon as it secures dry powder for a big acquisition instead. Recent speculation was that Verizon was eyeing a deal for Charter Communications Inc.,...
RF Mics Face Altered Landscape (2/17/2017) - [Source: Pro Sound Network] The Federal Communications Commission’s Incentive Auction came to an end on January 18, 2017 when telecommunications companies met the closing criteria for a clearing target of 84 MHz, of which 70 MHz is public airwaves. After four reverse and forward auction stages and a process that extended over 43 weeks, wireless...
Univision Gets $376 Million From Auction (2/16/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Another beneficiary of the FCC’s incentive auction has come forward. Univision Communications said Thursday that “anticipates that it will receive approximately $376 million in net proceeds.” The anticipated proceeds “reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by the company and certain channel sharing partners during the auction to surrender spectrum...
Dielectric Prepares Manufacturing Center for Busy Production Period (2/16/2017) - [Source: KitPlus] Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, has reorganized its production floor strategy in preparation for the impending US TV spectrum repack. Mike Spugnardi, recently appointed as Manufacturing Engineer, will lead the strategic initiatives around inventory control, production planning and maximizing capacity facility-wide. This includes revised floor plans to better accommodate...
US Cellular to Spend $327M on 600MHz Spectrum (2/16/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] US Cellular now says that it will be buying some low-band licenses in the 600MHz auction. The regional operator disclosed this in a filing to the SEC made even though the auction is still in an “anti-collusion” quiet period before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assigns licenses. US Cellular writes that it...
Smith Spectrum Auction ‘no Extravaganza’ (2/16/2017) - [Source: Morning Consult] The Federal Communications Commission’s auction of broadcasters’ spectrum to wireless carriers may not have been necessary, and it’s fallen far short of expectations, according to Gordon Smith, head of the National Association of Broadcasters. The FCC’s auction is scheduled to end on March 30, finishing a process that saw wireless companies buying airwaves...
University’s budget deficit now estimated at $14 million (2/16/2017) - [Source: Central Michigan Life] [University President George] Ross also discussed last week’s FCC spectrum auction. CMU sold its Flint public television station for $14 million after purchasing it for $1 million in 2009. Ross said the deciding factor was that 99 percent of Flint viewers live in areas also served by other public broadcasting stations....
America’s Latest Spectrum Auction (2/16/2017) - [Source: Wopular] Markets don’t simply emerge, but are created by the state, argued Karl Polanyi, an economist, in “The Great Transformation”. This is certainly true for radio spectrum, an intangible natural resource, which governments now regularly sell in auctions. The most intricate ever organised came to an end in America on February 10th, bringing in...
Univision Sees Big Gains in Fourth Quarter (2/16/2017) - [Source: IMDB / Variety] …Univision, which participated in the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction to monetize a portion of its spectrum assets, expects to receive an estimated $376 million in proceeds from the FCC spectrum auction in 2017, which it will use to further draw down its debt. The Spanish-language media conglomerate, which posted a fourth-quarter...
WUAB To Channel-Share With WOIO (2/16/2017) - [Source: The Plain Dealer] If you’ve heard the rumor that WUAB Channel 43 will be going off the air, relax. The Cleveland station that started broadcasting in September 1968 isn’t gong anywhere. The station’s parent company, Raycom Media, which also owns CBS affiliate WOIO Channel 19, has sold the Channel 43 transmitter as part of...
Just How Will the TV Repack Impact Public Radio Stations? (2/16/2017) - [Source: Radio World] The Public Radio Satellite System is offering public radio stations new details and a technical report on the ways in which the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Spectrum Auction may impact radio tower sites and projects. In a Feb. 14 blog post, the organization offered an update for public radio stations, saying that...
Univision: U.S. Is A “Primary” Market For Televisa Programming Following Deal (2/16/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! / Deadline] …Univision says it expects to see $376 million from the airwaves it offered in the FCC’s spectrum auction to wireless broadband providers. Most of that will be used to reduce its $8.3 billion in debt. Univision might want to buy TV stations, though, if the FCC increases the cap on the...
39-Month Repack Clock to Start After March 30 (2/16/2017) - [Source: Radio Magazine] The assignment phase of the TV spectrum incentive auction will commence March 6 and run through March 30, which will signal the start of the TV station repack process, beginning with a public notice announcing the end of the auction. Once this assignment-phase bidding is complete, the end of the auction will...
Industry CFO’s to Discuss Plans for ATSC 3.0 at MFM CFO Summit (2/16/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …“Many broadcast stations are exploring whether to factor in the process of upgrading to ATSC 3.0 as part of the upcoming broadcast spectrum repack,” said Mary M. Collins, President and CEO of MFM and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association. “We couldn’t ask for two better experts to help...
Univision: U.S. Is A “Primary” Market For Televisa Programming… (2/16/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! / Deadline] The U.S. will become “a primary place for distribution of content, not a secondary place” for Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa following last month’s agreement with Univision to blend their production operations, Univision CEO Randy Falco told his investors this morning. The agreement expanded the responsibilities for Univision’s Isaac Lee, making him...
Radio spectrum: America’s latest spectrum auction (2/16/2017) - [Source: The Economist] MARKETS don’t simply emerge, but are created by the state, argued Karl Polanyi, an economist, in “The Great Transformation”. This is certainly true for radio spectrum, an intangible natural resource, which governments now regularly sell in auctions. The most intricate ever organised came to an end in America on February 10th, bringing...
U.S. Cellular submitted bids for $327M worth of spectrum in FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction (2/16/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] According to a new government filing from U.S. Cellular, the nation’s fifth largest wireless network operator submitted bids for a minimum amount of $327 million during the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted spectrum. “With the completion of the Clock Phase of the auction, U.S. Cellular is now committed to purchase 600 MHz spectrum...
BRIEF-Telephone and Data Systems says U.S. Cellular now committed to buy 600 mhz spectrum licenses (2/16/2017) - [Source: Reuters] Telephone and Data Systems – U.S. Cellular now committed to buy 600 mhz spectrum licenses on which it submitted bids for a minimum amount of $327 million * Telephone and Data Systems – U.S. Cellular expects to be obligated to pay for total committed amount, less $143 million upfront payment made in June...
Univision Reports Higher Quarterly Earnings, CEO Touts Ratings Trends (2/16/2017) - [Source: The Hollywood Reporter] Univision Communications on Thursday reported higher fourth-quarter earnings and said that it anticipates receiving approximately $376 million in proceeds from the FCC spectrum auction this year. The company said it would use the proceeds to pay down debt. On the Spanish-language media giant’s earnings call, CEO Randy Falco discussed the company’s changes...
Univision Posts Big Profit Gain In Fourth Quarter (2/16/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Univision Communications, looking to rebound from viewer losses, reported strong financial results in the fourth quarter. Net income was $108 million, up from $8.8 million a year ago. Revenue rose 15% to $846.5 million. For all of 2016, revenue was up 6.4% to $3.04 billion. Univision also announced that it expects...
Bipartisan Committee Leaders Comment on Incentive Auction’s Conclusion (2/15/2017) - [Source: Energy and Commerce Committee] Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA), issued the following statement after last week’s conclusion of the FCC’s incentive auction. “The incentive auction’s conclusion with more than $19...
Overnight Tech: Hatch to unveil ‘Innovation Agenda’… (2/15/2017) - [Source: The Hill] DATE SET FOR NEXT STAGE OF SPECTRUM AUCTION: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will kick off the next stage of its auction of wireless spectrum on March 6, the agency announced in a notice posted online Tuesday. In the so-called assignment phase, winning bidders from earlier rounds will now bid on specific frequencies....
T-Mobile CEO suggests he could discuss a merger soon (2/15/2017) - [Source: Puget Sound Business Journal] T-Mobile merger talks could begin as soon as April, CEO John Legere suggested on a call with analysts and investors Tuesday. Wireless providers are locked into a quiet period barring executives from discussing potential mergers during the Federal Communications Commission’s wireless spectrum auction, which sells off access to the radio...
CBS earned $1B in broadcast retransmission fees in 2016 (2/15/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …While retrans remains a gravy train for CBS, the FCC’s recently concluded broadcast incentive auctions did not pan out for the broadcaster. As TVNewsCheck points out, CBS said it did not end up selling any of its full-power stations during the auction. [CFO Joe] Ianniello said it didn’t make sense for...
CBS Comes Up Small In Spectrum Auction (2/15/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The incentive auction was a bust for CBS. “We did not sell any full-power stations,” COO Joe Ianniello told securities on the company’s fourth-quarter quarters earning call Wednesday afternoon. “As the auction continued to drop rapidly in value, it just didn’t make sense for us to participate because we make so much more...
House Members Praise FCC Auction (2/15/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC got a bipartisan shout out from the Hill on the conclusion of the broadcast incentive auction (it hasn’t quite closed, but the main auction is indeed over). Issuing a joint statement Wednesday (Feb. 15)–the main auction concluded Feb. 10–Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), ranking member Frank...
Ansin sells WLVI airwaves but will keep station (2/15/2017) - [Source: The Boston Globe] The broadcast signal for WLVI-TV (Channel 56) has been sold for an undisclosed sum in the federal government’s auction of spectrum, owner Ed Ansin said in an interview Wednesday. Ansin had put the frequency for the independent station into the Federal Communications Commission’s buyback of local TV airwaves last year. The...
Next stage of FCC wireless auction set for March (2/15/2017) - [Source: The Hill] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will kick off the next stage of its auction of wireless spectrum on March 6, the agency announced in a notice posted online Tuesday. In the so-called assignment phase, winning bidders from earlier rounds will now bid on specific frequencies. The short delay before beginning the auction...
Morning Tech: Flake to use CRA in bid to undo FCC broadband privacy rules (2/15/2017) - [Source: Politico] The long-running FCC airwaves auction finally has an official end date: March 30. The bidding in the forward auction — when wireless companies and others competed for TV airwaves licenses — ended last week with $19.6 billion in proceeds. Next up is bidding for specific frequency blocks, and the FCC said that process...
NATE Congratulates FCC on Close of Forward Auction (2/14/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The closing bell rang for the FCC’s forward spectrum incentive auction last Friday, Feb. 10, with bidding concluding at $19.6 billion. As a result, the National Association of Tower Erectors has issued a statement to the Commission. “The closing of the bidding phase of the incentive auction is a tangible step in...
FCC’s Auction Outcome Is Victim Of Sky-High Expectations (2/14/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission crossed an important finish line in its broadcast incentive auction Friday as a phase of bidding ended, and experts say inflated revenue expectations stoked by the FCC are clouding a result that delivers on the goal of repurposing spectrum for wireless use. Whether or not the auction was successful...
GatesAir Delivers Post-Auction Spectrum Repack Webinar Series (2/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Beat] GatesAir… announces the three-day “Mission: POSSIBLE” spectrum repack webinar series… Viewers can register for the “Mission: POSSIBLE” series at info.gatesair.com/mission-possible-spectrum-repack-webinar-series-reg
FCC To Announce Auction Winners In April (2/14/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The tell-all public notice in which the FCC will reveal what broadcasters sold stations in the incentive auction and how much they got for them should emerge in April — if the FCC keeps to its schedule. The notice will also contain information on the post-auction repacking, including how many and which stations...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Will Close March 30 (2/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s broadcast incentive auction will close for good on March 30. In a public notice Tuesday, the FCC said it will start the assignment-phase auction March 6, 2017. And in this auction, there is a definite end date—March 30. The clock-phase of the broadcast incentive auction began May 31, 2016,...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere says he’s ‘humored’ by takeover rumors (2/14/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance] “We have similar churn to the big guys,” Legere said, noting that he was in a quiet period around the spectrum auction, where telecom providers battle to improve their networks. That’s far from the only battle between T-Mobile and rivals like Verizon (VZ), Sprint (NYSE:S) and AT&T (NYSE:T). After an edgy Twitter...
GatesAir Delivers Post-Auction Spectrum Repack Webinar Series (2/14/2017) - [Source: TheFuture.TV] GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, announces the three-day “Mission: POSSIBLE” spectrum repack webinar series, designed to arm broadcasters with valuable information needed for success during and beyond the repack period. The first webinar, “Repack in Review” (Tues, Feb 28, 2017 at 2 PM...
San Francisco Area’s KRCB Gets $72M to Change Channels (2/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] KRCB, one of two PBS affiliates licensed to the San Francisco market, will take away $72 million from the FCC’s spectrum auction in exchange for agreeing to change its channel. The move, however, will limit the station’s over-the-air reach to Sonoma County, the area north of San Francisco where KRCB is...
T-Mobile CEO hints at possible merger (2/14/2017) - [Source: Axios] John Legere was coy when asked about T-Mobile’s future on today’s earnings call, emphasizing that the company has a number of options: “We are a healthy, growing franchise. If we choose to, we can continue to drive growth on our own…or participate in various forms of consolidation.” Why we’re watching: Industry analysts have for...
WRNN New York Cops $212M In FCC Auction (2/14/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] WRNN, the quirky New York City independent, was sold for $212 million in the FCC’s reverse auction, topping every other station in the market and possibly the country, according to broadcast industry sources. The station, which operates on ch. 48, is owned by the French family, which is headed by CEO Dick French...
Verizon’s Unlimited Data Party Will Last Until the Big Four Become the Big Three (2/13/2017) - [Source: Wired] …Last year Reuters reported that Deutsche Telekom was holding off on selling T-Mobile until after the Federal Communications Commission’s recent spectrum auction—and until the regulatory environment became more friendly for telcos. That spectrum auction ended last week. And though President Trump expressed some skepticism of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, just about...
Ball State University will continue to broadcast WIPB (2/13/2017) - [Source: Indiana Public Radio] In late 2015, Ball State University chose to participate in an auction process run by the Federal Communications Commission.  The point was to free up some of the country’s wireless spectrum – which is shared by many things, including television stations and the mobile phone companies providing data to your smartphone....
FCC’s Incentive Auction Rakes in $19.63B, Lags Expectations (2/13/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ / Zacks] The much-hyped 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as an Incentive Auction, conducted by the U.S. telecom regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has turned out to be a massive disappointment. The spectrum auction finally cleared all criteria at the Stage 4 of the forward bidding process with an...
FCC completes incentive auction, raises $19.6bn (2/13/2017) - [Source: Total Telecom] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has completed its long-running 600-MHz incentive auction, raising $19.63 billion (€18.49 billion). Television broadcasters that relinquished their 600-MHz frequencies during the reverse stage of the auction will collectively receive $10…
Ball State keeping WIPB on the air (2/13/2017) - [Source: The Daily News] Balll State will not sell its public broadcasting station, WIPB, university officials announced Feb. 13. The university put WIPB into a Federal Communications Commission voluntary spectrum auction in September of 2015 with the potential of making hundreds of millions of dollars by selling their rights to the station. Phil Bremen, associate...
E.W. Scripps comes away empty handed from FCC spectrum auction (2/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] While other broadcasters have been revealing expected proceeds from the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions, E.W. Scripps announced it’s expecting no proceeds at all. “We pursued several channel-share arrangements with ourselves and other broadcast partners that would have allowed us to continue to operate our stations and serve our local communities while supporting...
FCC Announces Close of Forward Auction Clock Phase of Incentive Auction (2/13/2017) - [Source: National Law Review] The FCC announced on February 10 that “bidding in the clock phase of the incentive auction concluded,” and the auction will now “proceed to the assignment phase, in which winning forward auction bidders can bid for specific frequency blocks.” Forward auction bidders submitted gross winning bids of $19.6 billion. FCC Chairman...
BSU won’t take WIPB off the air (2/13/2017) - [Source: The Star Press] Ball State University will not relinquish the license of public television station WIPB-49, the university announced on Monday. Since the fall of 2015, BSU has participated in the Federal Communications Commission’s voluntary spectrum auction, which was conducted nationally free up bandwidth for the increasing number of mobile devices. Ball State could...
Ball State Retains WIPB Operation (2/13/2017) - [Source: Inside Indiana Business] Ball State University has announced it will retain operation of its public broadcasting station. The future of WIPB had been up in the air since the university began participating in the Federal Communications Commission’s voluntary spectrum auction in September 2015. The auction is being held throughout the country in what the university says...
FCC forward-auction ends with $19.6 billion worth of bids (2/13/2017) - [Source: Capacity Media] The Federal Communications Commission has brought an end to its forward spectrum auction, with total bids amounting $19.6 billion, less than originally forecasted. When the FCC announced the auction of the broadcast spectrum, it said sellers were seeking $86.4 billion, but the final total has fallen significantly short of this. 62 bidders...
FCC completes forward auction with bids of USD 19.6 bln (2/13/2017) - [Source: Telecompaper] The FCC announced completion of its forward auction of broadcast airwaves for mobile services. The final bids for 70 MHz of licensed spectrum totaled USD 19.6 billion, much less than originally expected. This could still rise slightly in the final round where operators can bid for specific blocks of frequencies. Over half the...
FCC 600MHz auction draws to a close after bidding reaches USD19.63bn (2/13/2017) - [Source: Telegeography] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that Stage Four of its 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) has now concluded, bringing the lengthy bidding process – which started on 16 August 2016 – to an end. Bidding reached USD19.632 billion as the auction drew to a close, surpassing the...
WVIA-TV enters into channel sharing agreement with WNEP (2/13/2017) - [Source: Sun-Gazette] Just over a year ago, on Jan. 11, 2016, WVIA entered into a channel sharing agreement with Dreamcatcher Broadcasting, LLC to broadcast both WVIA and WNEP television over a shared channel. This agreement was made in anticipation of a spectrum auction organized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Joe Glynn, WVIA Vice President...
US TV spectrum auction ends with stations banking billions (2/13/2017) - [Source: Rapid TV News] Broadcasters were asking for an aggregate $10 billion to clear 84MHz of spectrum that has been freed up by the transition from analogue to digital TV. The largest local TV station conglomerate in the US, Sinclair has 173 affiliates in 82 designated market areas (DMAs), broadcasting a total of 480 channels....
US wireless spectrum auction bidding raises $19.6b (2/11/2017) - [Source: Oman Tribune / Reuters] The US Federal Communications Commission said late on Friday that bidding in the wireless spectrum auction has ended at $19.6 billion, significantly less than many analysts had initially forecast. The so-called broadcast incentive spectrum auction is one of the commission’s most complex and ambitious to date and should be complete...
WBGU-TV to move to new channel following FCC spectrum auction (2/11/2017) - [Source: Sentinel-Tribune] Bowling Green State University announced today that WBGU-TV will continue broadcasting in the UHF spectrum following the conclusion of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction. However, the station will be moving to a new channel. While ensuring the station would continue broadcasting, BGSU participated in the auction. The university voluntarily withdrew from the process...
FCC’s spectrum auction nets $7 billion for US Treasury (2/11/2017) - [Source: Rapid TV News] The FCC is carrying out an incentive auction of unused analogue TV spectrum, left over from the digital TV transition. The hope is to free up more spectrum for 4G/5G and advanced wireless services, like mobile video. The two-sided auction for the spectrum was meant to pay broadcasters a fair value...
WBGU-TV to move channel; bids fall short (2/11/2017) - [Source: The Blade] Bowling Green State University’s television station, WBGU-TV, will move to a new channel following an FCC spectrum auction the university withdrew from last month. The university was hoping to see a large payoff, up to $43 million, for selling the station’s UHF station for a less-desired VHF station. The auction was designed...
TIA Hails Completion of Successful Incentive Auction (2/10/2017) - [Source: TIA] The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today congratulated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the successful completion of the voluntary incentive auction of television broadcast spectrum. TIA Board Chair and Interim CEO David Heard commented:  “We can now conclusively say that the...
Spectrum auction nets nearly $35M for two Pennsylvania stations (2/10/2017) - [Source: Current] WITF-TV in Harrisburg, Pa., will use $25 million in spectrum auction proceeds to bankroll three new initiatives, including a possible statewide news organization. And the $9.9 million going to Pittsburgh’s WQED for shifting to another frequency could possibly retire the station’s longstanding debt. The stations are the latest to announce results from the...
FCC’s Auction Tally Rises To $19.6B As Bidding Ends (2/10/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it had racked up $19.6 billion in bids for spectrum for wireless use as a portion of the broadcast incentive auction came to an end Friday, with the FCC moving forward in a process to clear the 84 MHz of spectrum set to be repurposed. The...
Sprint’s fate will have to wait until Uncle Sam’s sale ends (2/10/2017) - [Source: Equities / Kansas City Star] …Merger talks in the telecommunications industry essentially are off-limits under a federally imposed “quiet period” that began a year ago. Nobody knows when it will end, though one estimate has it lingering possibly into late April. Until it does end, Sprint and its potential suitors — or targets it...
FCC ends wireless auction with $19.6B in bids (2/10/2017) - [Source: The Hill] The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that the bidding phase of the agency’s first-ever auction of wireless spectrum had closed, with bids totaling $19.6 billion. In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai offered “congratulations to the winners.” “The participation of these broadcasters and wireless carriers will enable the Commission to release 84...
FCC Spectrum Auction Scores $19.6B, Including $10B For Broadcasters (2/10/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! / Deadline] TV station owners are due to collect about $10 billion, with an additional $7 billion going to the U.S. Treasury, as the FCC today completed the most important steps of its seemingly endless, and endlessly complicated, auction of broadcasters’ airwave spectrum. Wireless broadband providers committed $19.6 billion for about 70 MHz of...
FCC faces doubleheader of Hill hearings (2/10/2017) - [Source: The Hill] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is facing a long day on March 8, with back-to-back hearings in the House and Senate. Commissioners will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee and then the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications that day. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will face panels chaired by lawmakers more amiable...
Genachowski: Auction Was ‘Amazing Success’ (2/10/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Reaction was swift to the conclusion Friday of the clock phase of the FCC‘s broadcast incentive auction, including from the former FCC chairman under whose watch the National Broadband Plan was drawn up and the auction proposed and a current commissioner who has some issues. “This auction has been an amazing...
FCC’s TV-for-Mobile Spectrum Auction Ends With $19.6 Billion Bid (2/10/2017) - [Source: Fortune / Reuters] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday that bidding in the wireless spectrum auction has ended at $19.6 billion, significantly less than many analysts had initially forecast. The so-called broadcast incentive spectrum auction is one of the commission’s most complex and ambitious to date and should be complete by April. The...
Scripps Spectrum Auction Takeaway: Zilch (2/10/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] After other broadcast groups reported hefty hauls this week, E.W. Scripps said Friday it won’t be getting any money out of the FCC’s spectrum auction – albeit not for lack of trying. “We pursued several channel-share arrangements with ourselves and other broadcast partners that would have allowed us to continue to...
Forward bidding in incentive auction ends at $19.63B (2/10/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Forward bidding in Stage 4 of the FCC’s incentive auction came to an end Friday afternoon with bidders committing $19.63 billion for TV broadcasters’ airwaves. Which is a lot less than they were expected to spend on the 600 MHz airwaves when the event opened last spring. Bidders will gain access...
Forward Auction Finishes At $19.6 Billion (2/10/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The FCC said Friday afternoon that the forward auction has come to an end, with $19.6 billion raised, the second highest total proceeds of any commission spectrum license auction in its 20-plus year history, according to the FCC. Of that total, broadcasters will receive about $10 billion, with $1.75 billion going to other...
No Auction Money For Scripps (2/10/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] While a number of broadcasters have reported their takes from the FCC’s incentive auction this week after the commission lifted its “quiet period,” E.W. Scripps Co. just announced it’s not one of them. “We pursued several channel-share arrangements with ourselves and other broadcast partners that would have allowed us to continue to operate...
The Incentive Auction Clock Phase Is Over. What’s Next? (2/10/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Today marks the end of all clock phase bidding in the incentive auction. This is a noteworthy event for winning bidders and an appropriate moment to appreciate the auction’s success in using market forces to allocate spectrum to its highest and best use. With $19.6 billion in forward auction clock phase gross winning...
NAB Statement on Incentive Auction Closing After Stage 4 (2/10/2017) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] In response to the FCC reaching the conclusion of Stage 4 of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “Now that the clock phase in the forward auction has concluded and the FCC prepares for the assignment...
BRIEF-Scripps to not get proceeds from FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction (2/10/2017) - [Source: Reuters] * Scripps shares results of its participation in FCC broadcast spectrum auction * E. W. Scripps Co says will not receive proceeds from Federal Communications Commission’s auctioning of broadcast spectrum * E. W. Scripps – none of spectrum co or partners offered was selected during auction process because prices available in auction fell...
Chairman Pai Statement on Close of Clock Phase Bidding in the IA (2/10/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Today, bidding in the clock phase of the incentive auction concluded. The auction will now proceed to the assignment phase, in which winning forward auction bidders can bid for specific frequency blocks. The following statement is attributable to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “Today, the FCC reached a major milestone in the world’s first...
FCC spectrum auction bidding ends at $19.6 billion (2/10/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! News / Reuters] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday that bidding in the wireless spectrum auction has ended at $19.6 billion, significantly less than many analysts had initially forecast. The so-called broadcast incentive spectrum auction is one of the commission’s most complex and ambitious to date and should be complete by April....
FCC: Spectrum Auction Ends at $19.6 Billion (2/10/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC’s incentive auction is finally over… almost. The clock phase of the action, where broadcasters gave up 84 MHz for about $10 billion and forward auction bidders—wireless companies and others including Comcast-NBCU—paid $19,632,506,746 for 70 MHz (the 84 minus guard bands) has ended. That means the treasury will get about $7...
Come On, Tell Us What You Got In The Auction (2/10/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Nine billion dollars is still unaccounted for. Four days after the FCC said it was OK for broadcasters to say how much they made in the reverse spectrum, only a handful have, and their total take is just $986.4 million. That’s out of the $10 billion the FCC pledged to pay them so...
Forward Auction Closes at $19.6 Million (2/10/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The fourth and final forward TV spectrum incentive auction has now closed at $19,632,506,746, but the auction itself is not over. Forward auction winners will next vie for specific frequencies. “The participation of these broadcasters and wireless carriers will enable the Commission to release 84 megahertz of spectrum into the broadband marketplace....
House Communications Subcommittee Sets FCC Reauthorization Hearing For March 8th (2/10/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FCC’s reauthorization, budget, spectrum auctions, and proceedings on MARCH 8th.  All three Commissioners are scheduled to appear. Chairman MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) said, “I’m looking forward to having new FCC Chairman (AJIT) PAI and Commissioners (MICHAEL) O’REILLY and (MIGNON)...
Blackburn Announces March 8th #SubCommTech FCC Hearing (2/10/2017) - [Source: Public] Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today announced that the subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, examining the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) reauthorization, budget, spectrum auctions, and proceedings. All three current commissioners are set to testify. ‘I’m looking forward to having new FCC Chairman Pai and Commissioners...
WVIA expects $26 million from sale of broadcast spectrum (2/10/2017) - [Source: The Times-Tribune] WVIA-TV expects to receive nearly $26 million from the Federal Communications Commission-driven sale of its airwaves in a move the station said will have little impact on viewers but will help secure the future of public broadcasting in Northeast Pennsylvania. WVIA disclosed the completed broadcast spectrum sale and announced it has entered...
Blackburn: Broadband Privacy Rule Rollback Could Start Soon (2/10/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee, says there could be a resolution on rolling back the FCC’s broadband privacy framework as early as Feb. 13. “We are talking and working with the Senate on this,” she said in an interview on C-SPAN’s Communicators. “I think using the...
Sinclair, WQED announce spectrum auction proceeds (2/10/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Sinclair Broadcast Group and WQED have joined the list of broadcasters releasing information about expected proceeds from the FCC’s current spectrum auction. Sinclair is expecting $313 million in gross proceeds from the auction and, like other broadcasters that have already released similar news, is expecting no material impact to its operations or...
Latest Sprint and T-Mobile merger rumor cites SoftBank as minority partner (2/10/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …there is currently no deal on the table as T-Mobile US is unable to discuss a merger as part of anti-collusion rules connected with the recently completed 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. A merger between the nation’s two smallest nationwide operators has been rumored for years, gaining momentum in early 2014...
Spectrum reallocations, sharing with 5G and IoT on the horizon (2/10/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] On this week’s “Carrier Wrap” we speak with Kevin Kelly, CEO at LGS Innovations, to look at potential challenges facing the mobile telecommunications space and regulators as the market begins to rely more heavily on spectrum reallocation and sharing to serve demand for mobile data services. Growing demand for new spectrum...
FCC Finalizes Repack Expense Guidance (2/10/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC has finalized its catalog of covered expenses in broadcasters transition to new spectrum in the post-incentive auction repack, and it has declined to make most of the Tweaks proposed by commenters. “We do not believe it is necessary to add…specific items to the Catalog because, to the extent that stations...
FCC Finalizes Auction Repack Expense Guidance (2/10/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has finalized its catalog of covered expenses in broadcasters transition to new spectrum in the post-incentive auction repack, and it has declined to make most of the Tweaks proposed by commenters. “We do not believe it is necessary to add…specific items to the Catalog because, to the extent that...
WQED reaps $9.9 million in frequency auction (2/10/2017) - [Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] …The public television station announced Thursday that it will reap $9.9 million from the sale of its broadcast frequency, enough to completely retire its long-term debt with a few million to spare. “I’m thrilled, I’m excited, it’s miraculous,” said Deborah Acklin, president and CEO of WQED. “It’s a reversal of fortune for...
Commentary: Spectrum sharing a way to keep Philly on cutting edge (2/10/2017) - [Source: Philly.com] …While the U.S. government is working to free up additional spectrum assets, through the ongoing incentive auction and the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding, supply challenges will persist. But solutions are in sight, and one promising and practical remedy will be spectrum sharing. For this concept to be viable, it must increase the overall value...
FCC Finalizes Catalog of Reimbursement Expenses (2/9/2017) - [Source: Benton Foundation / FCC] The Commission delegated authority to the Media Bureau (Bureau) to, among other things, develop a catalog of eligible reimbursement expenses (Catalog) to facilitate the process of reimbursing eligible broadcasters and Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) from the $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund (Fund). The Catalog is a non-exhaustive list,...
Sinclair to Walk Away From Spectrum Auction With $313M (2/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Continuing this week’s spate of announcements, Sinclair Broadcast Group Thursday said it expects to get $313 million from selling spectrum in the FCC’s broadcast auction. The company said in a statement it does not expect the sale to produce any material changes for the station group. Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker...
FCC bumps auction prices again as bids hit $19.6B (2/9/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC bumped up the incremental price increases for each round of bidding as the incentive auction plodded toward completion. Beginning Friday, the price will increase each round by 15%, up from the 10% increases that had been in place through Thursday. Additionally, the agency said bidders must use 100% of...
FCC Upping Price in Spectrum Auction (2/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is goosing the spectrum auction yet again as activity continues in smaller markets. At press time, the latest forward auction stage 4 bidding total was $19,598,252,025 after round 52, with still some activity in smaller markets including Fort Smith, Ark., and Walla Walla, Wash. The auction can’t end until...
Stations Get Word On Post-Auction Channels (2/9/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The FCC has begun sending out the co-called “confidential letters” to TV broadcasters telling them whether they have to move to new channels in the post-auction repack on the TV band, and if so, which ones, according to broadcasters and their attorneys. For the migrating stations, the letter stipulates when they have to...
FCC Tells Bidders to Go All In (2/9/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Forward auction bidders will have to go all in, starting tomorrow, Friday, Feb., 10, when the incremental price between rounds will also increase from 10 to 15 percent, the Federal Communications Commission auction team announced today. The commission boosted the activity requirement and the opening bid price per round as the auction...
FCC Upping Price in Spectrum Auction (2/9/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC is goosing the spectrum auction yet again as activity continues in smaller markets. At press time, the latest forward auction stage 4 bidding total was $19,598,252,025 after round 52, with still some activity in smaller markets including Fort Smith, Ark., and Walla Walla, Wash. The auction can’t end until there...
Sinclair Takes $313 Million in Auction Proceeds (2/9/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it expects to receive an estimated $313 million of gross proceeds from the TV spectrum incentive auction.  The results of the auction are not expected to produce any material change in operations or results for the company. The proceeds are expected to be received later this year. Sinclair...
Sinclair’s Auction Take: $313 Million (2/9/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Add Sinclair Broadcast Group to the growing list of broadcasters reporting revenue from the sale of spectrum in the FCC’s incentive auction. It said today it will receive an estimated $313 million. In a statement, the company said the results of the auction “are not expected to produce any material change in operations or...
Sinclair to Walk Away From Spectrum Auction With $313M (2/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Continuing this week’s spate of announcements, Sinclair Broadcast Group Thursday said it expects to get $313 million from selling spectrum in the FCC’s broadcast auction. The company said in a statement it does not expect the sale to produce any material changes for the station group. Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker...
CMU Selling Flint Public Television Station For $14 Million (2/9/2017) - [Source: 9 & 10 News] Central Michigan University is selling its Flint public television station for a whopping $14 million. It all started last year when CMU applied to the FCC for eligibility to take part in their broadcast spectrum auction. The CMU board of trustees approved the plan to offer WCMU’s public broadcasting station...
Sinclair Announces Results of Spectrum Auction (2/9/2017) - [Source: Military Technologies] Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced that it expects to receive an estimated $313 million of gross proceeds from the National Broadband Plan Spectrum Auction. The results of the auction are not expected to produce any material change in operations or results for the Company. The proceeds are expected to be received...
Appendix, IATF and MB Adopt Updated Catalog of Reimbursement Expenses (2/9/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Full Title: Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Finalize Catalog of Reimbursement Expenses. Description: This Public Notice adopts the updates previously proposed to the catalog of eligible reimbursement expenses and also adopts the proposed economic methodology for adjusting the baseline costs listed in the catalog throughout the reimbursement period
Tampa, Fla. Public TV Station Going Dark After Selling Spectrum (2/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The University of South Florida is the second school this week to announce it will be turning off its public television station after selling its spectrum in the FCC auction. The university will get $18.7 million for its spectrum, WUSF Public Media reports. The station’s last day has not yet been...
Spectrum Auction: Total Nears $19.6 Billion (2/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] In the last four rounds of Wednesday’s spectrum auction bidding, the total increased by only about $23 million, from $19,549,026,018 in round 44 to $19,572,715,022  in round 47. Round 48 begins at 10 a.m. Thursday in what will be the last stage of the forward auction and the last stage of...
USF sells TV license; WUSF going off the air (2/9/2017) - [Source: 10News WTSP] The University of South Florida will be selling its TV broadcasting license, which will mean WUSF-TV is going off the air. The college is selling the license for $18,754,503 as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. WUSF-TV will go off the air later this year within six months after proceeds from...
University of South Florida sells WUSF-TV’s broadcast license in FCC auction (2/9/2017) - [Source: WFTS ABC Action News] The University of South Florida is set to pocket more than $18.7 million after the sale of WUSF-TV’s broadcast license but lose the longtime campus-owned television station later this year. On Wednesday the university announced the sale, which took place as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction,...
USF sells TV station; will go off air (2/8/2017) - [Source: Bradenton Herald] The University of South Florida has sold WUSF television as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s spectrum auction, the university announced Wednesday night, and the station will go off the air later this year. The change does not affect WEDU, the area’s other public TV station, which is owned by Florida West...
WUSF TV Signal Sold; Station Will End Operations (2/8/2017) - [Source: WUSF News] The University of South Florida has sold WUSF Television as part of the Federal Communication Commissions’s spectrum auction. The license for the station was sold for $18.7 million. As part of its Broadcast Incentive Auction, the federal government is buying signals from broadcasters around the country to sell to wireless network providers....
WUSF-TV auctioned for $18.7 million, will end production (2/8/2017) - [Source: The Oracle] After standing as a pillar of campus broadcasting for the past 50 years, WUSF-TV will end its production late this year after its license was auctioned off for $18.7 million, the school announced Wednesday. This move is because the broadcast station didn’t “align with our resources and mission and vision,” said university...
Auction nets USF $18.8M, but spells end to WUSF-TV (2/8/2017) - [Source: Tampa Bay Times] The University of South Florida has sold WUSF-TV’s public broadcast license for $18.8 million, bringing an end to the station’s run of more than 50 years. The station will go off the air late this year, once USF receives its proceeds at the close of what is known as the Federal...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Reaps Rewards for Stations, but Didn’t Live Up to Predictions (2/8/2017) - [Source: Variety] As broadcast station groups like Fox Television Stations and Tribune Media report hundreds of millions of dollars in expected proceeds from the FCC’s auction of spectrum, the windfall comes with a caveat: The sell-off of the airwaves hasn’t lived up to the hype. Before the auction started last spring, some financial analysts had...
WUSF-TV license sold, station going off the air (2/8/2017) - [Source: Herald Tribune] The University of South Florida on Wednesday announced the sale of WUSF-TV’s public broadcast license for $18.8 million as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. As a result of USF’s decision to sell its license, WUSF-TV will go off the air later this year after proceeds from the auction...
University to sell Flint broadcast station for $14 million (2/8/2017) - [Source: Central Michigan Life] Following a year of silence, Central Michigan University officials have announced they will sell their Flint public broadcasting station for $14 million. The sale is part of the Federal Communication Commission’s spectrum auction. The auction is the first of its kind and was set in motion to clear broadcast bandwidth for broadband providers. The...
WUSF-TV fetches millions for broadcasting license, will go off the air (2/8/2017) - [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal] WUSF-TV will go off the air later this year, now that the University of South Florida has sold its public broadcast license for more than $18.75 million. The sale was part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction, which gave license holders the opportunity to auction off their rights...
WUSF-TV to go off the air after its license is sold (2/8/2017) - [Source: Sunshine State News] After more than 50 years of broadcasting in the Tampa Bay area, WUSF-TV will soon be leaving the airwaves. USF officials announced on Wednesday that they have sold the public broadcast license for WUSF-TV for $18.7 million as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. As a result of USF’s decision...
Central Michigan selling Flint PBS station for $14 million (2/8/2017) - [Source: The Washington Times] Central Michigan University says it will end public television broadcasts from Flint in about three months after selling its station there for $14 million. The sale announced Wednesday follows a Federal Communications Commission broadcast spectrum auction to gain spectrum for cellular and digital services. University spokeswoman Heather Smith says 99 percent of...
Fox Takes in $350 Million From Tepid FCC Airwaves Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: The Wall Street Journal] 21st Century Fox said it would receive about $350 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s auction of television airwaves that will then be offered for purchase by telecommunications and cable firms for cellular use. The complex reverse auction was completed last month, and the FCC said it would pay about $10.1 billion...
Tribune Collects $190 Million in Spectrum Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Tribune Media is the latest broadcast group to announce how much money they got in the FCC’s spectrum auction, which is winding down but has already set the broadcaster payout total at about $10 billion. Tribune Media said it had gotten about $190 million of that. As with other broadcasters—Foxand Gray—Tribune...
Tribune Collects $190 Million in Spectrum Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Tribune Media is the latest broadcast group to announce how much money they got in the FCC’s spectrum auction, which is winding down but has already set the broadcaster payout total at about $10 billion. Tribune Media said it had gotten about $190 million of that. As with other broadcasters—Foxand Gray—Tribune...
Tribune Media To Get $190M From Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Tribune Media Co. announced Wednesday afternoon that it will get approximately $190 million from selling spectrum in the FCC’s incentive auction. Like Fox Television Stations and Gray Television, earlier reported taking in $350 million and $90.8 million, respectively, from the auction, Tribune did not say which stations it sold. “The anticipated proceeds reflect...
Fox TV expecting $350M in proceeds from FCC’s broadcast spectrum auctions (2/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Fox Television Stations is expecting to receive approximately $350 million in proceeds from the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions. “The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by Fox Television Stations during the auction to relinquish spectrum used by certain of its television stations,” the company said...
Tribune Expects $190 Million in Spectrum Auction Proceeds (2/8/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Tribune Media announced that it anticipates receiving approximately $190 million in pre-tax proceeds from the Federal Communication Commission’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. Tribune indicated that the commission accepted one more if its bids or those of its channel-sharing partners: “ The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one...
Getting From Here to ATSC 3.0 (2/8/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …the FCC has recently issued a Notice of Public Rulemaking seeking public comment on the deployment of ATSC 3.0. This is happening alongside another major move by the FCC: the DTV spectrum auction, followed by the repack. Although the transition to ATSC 3.0 and the auction/repack are decoupled, many broadcasters are hoping that...
WCMU Flint, Mich. Will go Dark After FCC Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] WCMZ-TV‚ the Flint, Michigan satellite of PBS affiliate WCMU-TV —will be signing off at the end of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. Central Michigan University, which owns the station, said Wednesday it is selling the station’s spectrum for $14 million, given that 99% of Flint viewers have access to other PBS stations. The...
Flint Public Station Going Dark After Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] WCMZ-TV‚ the Flint, Michigan satellite of PBS affiliate WCMU-TV —will be signing off at the end of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. Central Michigan University, which owns the station, said Wednesday it is selling the station’s spectrum for $14 million, given that 99% of Flint viewers have access to other PBS stations. The...
WUSF TV License Sold; Station Will End Operations (2/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The University of South Florida has sold WUSF Television as part of the Federal Communication Commissions’s spectrum auction. The license for the station was sold for $18.7 million. As part of its Broadcast Incentive Auction, the federal government is buying signals from broadcasters around the country to sell to wireless network providers. WUSF...
OTA Broadcasting: Let Stations Under Repack Hood (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] OTA Broadcasting—which was formed in 2011 by computer pioneer Michael Dell to buy up stations presumably to offer up in the FCC spectrum auction so the spectrum could be repurposed for wireless broadband—has asked the FCC to let private industry help out more in the post-auction repack. The FCC’s spectrum auction...
CMU sells Flint PBS station (2/8/2017) - [Source: The Morning Sun] In what Central Michigan University President George Ross called “a difficult decision,” the university will sell its Flint Public Broadcasting station for $14 million… Plans have been outlined for the university’s five public television and eight radio stations following the Federal Communications Commission’s landmark broadcast spectrum auction, which was conducted to...
FCC Spectrum Auction Bids Slow to Trickle (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] In the first two “lightning rounds” of the final stage of the FCC’s spectrum auction Wednesday, the total inched up $27 million in round 42 to $19,524,067,702 but then only $11 million in round 43 to $19,535,666,018—the smallest increase yet in any stage four forward auction round. The FCC increased the...
Fox Stations Getting $350M From Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Fox Television Stations said today that it stands to earn $350 million from selling spectrum in the FCC’s incentive auction. Like Gray Television, which yesterday reported taking in $90.8 million from the auction, Fox did not say which stations it sold. “The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids...
Fox Television Says It Will See $350M From FCC Spectrum Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Deadline Hollywood] The FCC told TV stations this week that they can start to talk openly about their expected take from the agency’s airwave spectrum auction — and some, including Fox Television, are beginning to put real numbers on the process. Fox says today it expects to see $350 million in 2017. That reflects...
…Million From FCC’s Spectrum Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Variety] The results of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction are starting to roll in, now that the gag order preventing station owners from publicly discussing the process has been lifted. 21st Century Fox said Wednesday it expects to receive about $350 million from its participation in the auction. Tribune Media said it expects to...
Fox Stations Getting $350M for Its Spectrum (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Fox Television Stations Wednesday said it expects its take from the FCC’s reverse spectrum auction to hit $350 million. In an announcement, the group said the amount reflects the FCC’s acceptance of one or more of its bids to relinquish spectrum used by particular TV stations. The deal isn’t expected to...
BRIEF-Fox Television Stations announces FCC spectrum auction proceeds (2/8/2017) - [Source: Reuters] * says it anticipates it will receive proceeds in current calendar year * Fox television stations announces FCC spectrum auction proceeds * says anticipates receiving approximately $350 million in proceeds * says spectrum sale is not expected to lead to any material change in operations or results for fox television stations
Fox Television Stations Announces FCC Spectrum Auction Proceeds (2/8/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] Fox Television Stations, LLC, a unit of 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX), announced today that it anticipates receiving approximately $350 million in proceeds resulting from the Federal Communication Commission’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by Fox...
16 people to watch in tech (2/8/2017) - [Source: The Hill] David Redl, Chief counsel for communications and technology, House Energy and Commerce Committee… Then-Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) gave him an order: help write the law that would trigger a landmark auction of broadcast spectrum to the wireless industry. “I’m in a position to actually get to see just four years afterwards whether or...
Needed: A Universal FCC Deadline Policy (2/8/2017) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] …Certain bureaus have dismissed a petition for reconsideration filed one day late, are more than willing to cancel Commission-issued licenses that are not in compliance, and exclude auction participants that miss a deadline at the drop of a hat.  For instance, in the auction context, an applicant whose down payment was...
TV Stations Can Get Back to M&A Talks, Now That FCC Has Ended Quiet Period (2/7/2017) - [Source: The Street] TV station units of conglomerates such as CBS (CBS) , Fox (FOXA) , Cablevision’s (CMCSA) NBC and more focused broadcast groups such as Sinclair (SBGI) and Nexstar (NXST) can now reopen talks about strategic matters, including acquisitions, after the Federal Communications Commission on Monday lifted a quiet period related to a wireless spectrum auction. The...
No Job Cuts in Gray TV $91M Auction Take (2/7/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Gray Television did not say Tuesday morning which of its 64 TV stations would be affected when it announced expected auction proceeds of $90.824 million. The company did say, however, that operations would not be materially affected, which means the company may be working out channel-sharing arrangements. “The actions necessary to receive...
FCC waives quiet period auction rules for broadcasters (2/7/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] With the broadcast incentive auction winding down, the FCC has waived the quiet period rules that barred broadcasters from discussing auction activity with one another. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the waiver was “an important step to facilitate a rapid and orderly repack of television broadcast stations following the close of...
FCC ups bidding rounds as incentive auction tops $19.45B (2/7/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC once again increased the number of rounds per day to spur action as bidding in the incentive auction approached the $19.5 billion mark. Bidders had committed to spend $19.45 billion on TV broadcasters’ airwaves by the end of round 38 in Stage 4 of the auction this morning, marking...
Spectrum Auction Bidding Slows (2/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction appeared to be winding down Tuesday (Feb. 7), with forward auction bidders boosting the total in the fourth, and last, stage by only $47 million dollars in four rounds, the smallest uptick over that many rounds since the auction met its benchmarks for closing Jan. 18. The...
Gray TV anticipating $90.8M in broadcast spectrum auction proceeds (2/7/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] With the broadcast incentive auctions winding down, Gray Television today revealed (PDF) it’s expecting nearly $91 million in proceeds from the reverse auction. According to a news release, Gray’s anticipated proceeds “reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by Gray during the auction to modify and/or surrender spectrum used...
FCC: Deals Can Be Struck for TV Stations in Auction (2/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC said Monday that, absent a waiver, broadcasters are free to start negotiating deals for stations that participated in the spectrum auction. Those deals will not be approved until the clock phase of the auction is completed (there will be a second auction to assign specific spectrum to winning forward auction...
Gray’s Spectrum Payoff to Ring In at $90.8M (2/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Gray Television said Tuesday it expects to reap $90.8 million from participating in the FCC’s spectrum auction. In an announcement, the station group said the proceeds stem from the FCC accepting one or more of its bids for spectrum used by particular TV stations. The move won’t impact jobs or operations...
FCC to Speed Up Spectrum Auction Bidding (2/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Bidders in round 37 of stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction pushed the total to $19,410,736,548 late Monday afternoon, up from $19,385,151,536 in round 36 and $19,354,875,595 in round 35. Tuesday will be the final day of four-rounds-per-day bidding, an hour per round. On Wednesday, the FCC...
Gray To Get $90.8M From Spectrum Auction (2/7/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Gray Television said today that it anticipates receiving $90,824,000 in proceeds from the FCC’s recently completed reverse spectrum auction. “The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by Gray during the auction to modify and/or surrender spectrum” used by some of its stations.It continued: “Significantly, the actions necessary...
BRIEF-Gray announces FCC Spectrum auction proceeds (2/7/2017) - [Source: Reuters] Gray announces FCC Spectrum auction proceeds Anticipates receiving $ 90.8 million in proceeds from federal communication commission’s recently completed broadcast Spectrum reverse auction Anticipate that proceeds will be received by Gray in second or Q3 of 2017
FCC Partially Lifts Auction Quiet Period (2/6/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] With the incentive auction winding down, the FCC on Monday lifted the so-called quiet period enabling broadcasters who participated in the incentive auction to once again talk freely among themselves and negotiate freely to buy or sell their stations. The action “will serve the public interest in a rapid, non-disruptive post-auction transition by...
FCC Waives Auction Quiet Period (2/6/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission today waived the quiet period that enjoined broadcasters from talking shop during the TV spectrum incentive auction. After the auction closing criteria were met by wireless bidders Jan. 18, broadcasters were no longer subject to another round of reverse auction bidding, and broadcast attorneys started asking when stations...
NAB Statement on FCC Waiver of Incentive Auction Quiet Period Rule (2/6/2017) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] [From NAB Exec. VP of Communications] Dennis Wharton: “With the TV spectrum auction nearing completion, it is perfectly appropriate to lift some of the so-called ‘quiet rules’ that barred discussions among broadcasters prior to and during the auction. NAB supports today’s common sense FCC action and looks forward to completing...
Chairman Pai Statement on Post Incentive Auction Transition (2/6/2017) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] Today, we are taking an important step to facilitate a rapid and orderly repack of television broadcast stations following the close of the incentive auction. Specifically, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is waiving the rules prohibiting communication between parties of any incentive auction applicant’s reverse auction bids or bidding strategies. Broadcasters have...
FCC Waives TV Station Auction Quiet Period (2/6/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will waive its rules prohibiting TV stations that participated in the reverse portion of the incentive auction from communicating bids and bid strategies. The FCC will let broadcasters start doing some talking with each other now that their part of the spectrum auction is over, and has...
FCC Updates TVStudy Repack Software (2/6/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …TV IX check mode is said to support the 1 percent coverage contour increase and the 5 percent population decrease thresholds to be used during the first 90 days after the Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice is released in the coming weeks. “Additionally, to facilitate post-auction filings, TVStudy has...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Just Keeps on Going (2/6/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Round 34 of stage four—the last stage—of the forward portion of the incentive auction continued to edge up as bidders pushed the total to $19,354,875,595, up about $27 million from round 33’s $19,327,314,729 last Friday. Round 33 was up about $30 million from round 32, an afternoon round on Friday. Last week the...
Freeze on the Filing of Applications for Digital Companion Channels (2/5/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …Effective immediately, the Media Bureau announces a freeze on the filing of applications for digital companion channels for low power television (LPTV) and TV translator stations. The incentive auction is being conducted pursuant to Title VI of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. It includes a “reverse...
ATSC 3.0 chips in the iPhone and other smartphones? Don’t hold your breath (2/3/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Both AT&T and CTIA, a group serving wireless industry interests, have urged the FCC to not award channel repack funds to broadcasters for ATSC 3.0 transition work following the end of the 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions. Verizon, though it may have cooled to the idea of offering video over LTE-broadcast...
Spectrum Auction: Bidders Up Ante to $19,264,644,453 (2/3/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Bidders in stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction continued to battle for spectrum blocks in smaller markets Friday, with round 30 coming in at $19,227,253,461, up about 33 million from $19,194,000,446 in round 29, and round 31 adding another $37 million or so. Thursday’s bidding saw the auction...
Following Round 29, Spectrum Auction Now FCC’s Second Largest (2/2/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The bid totals in stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction continued to rise Thursday (Feb. 2), reaching $19.12 billion in Round 27, then $19.16 in round 28, and finally $19.19 in round 29, when it pushed past the 2008 700-MHz spectrum auction into second place for gross...
Transition Progress Report Form and Filing Requirements for Stations Eligible for Reimbursement From the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund (2/2/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …the [FCC] describes the information that must be provided in periodic progress reports… by full power and Class A television stations that are eligible to receive payment of relocation expenses from the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund in connection with their being assigned to a new channel through the Incentive Auction. The Commission previously...
Spectrum Auction Now FCC’s Second Largest (2/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The bid totals in stage four of the forward portion of the FCC‘s spectrum auction continued to rise Thursday, from $19,121,911,442 in round 27, to $19,157,904,455 in round 28, to $19,194,000,446 in round 29, pushing past the 2008 700 MHz spectrum auction into second place of all time. The AWS-3 wireless auction...
Pai’s Deregulatory Approach Augurs FCC Overhaul (2/2/2017) - [Source: EE Times] …Less clear is Pai’s involvement in looming policy issues such as wireless and mobile services – the core of the FCC’s mandate – as they relate to autonomous vehicles, 5G deployment and the aftermath of the current broadcast incentive spectrum auction. Initially, Pai’s focus will be on eliminating the Open Internet rules,...
Incentive auction passes $19B as bidding heats up—slightly (2/2/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum passed the $19 billion mark late Wednesday and continued this morning as bidding heated up—slightly, at least—after the FCC moved earlier this week to bump incremental price increases for each round. Bidders had committed $19.08 billion as the 27th round of bidding opened at...
Spectrum Auction: Price Ticks Up in Round 26 (2/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction shows no signs of winding down quite yet. In the most recent round (26) of stage four of the forward portion of the auction, bidders bid up the total by about $43 million to $19,081,165,426 versus $19,038,558,451 in round 25, and demand continued to surpass supply in...
NAB: ATSC 3.0 Will Foster Innovation, Diversity (2/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Reaction was swift to new FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to propose letting broadcasters roll out the new ATSC 3.0 transmission standard. “NAB strongly supports the FCC moving ahead on two proceedings of significant importance to broadcasters – a rulemaking on Next Gen Television and an AM revitalization order,” said National...
FCC’s Pai Moves to Jump-start ATSC 3.0 Rollout (2/2/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] New FCC chairman Ajit Pai signaled Thursday (Feb. 2) that he wants broadcasters to be able to start working on tomorrow’s TV today. Pai, who has only been in the job since Jan. 20, wasted no time prioritizing that goal. He has already circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the other...
FCC’s Pai Proposes ATSC 3.0 Rollout (2/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] New FCC chairman Ajit Pai signaled Thursday that he wants broadcasters to be able to start working on tomorrow’s TV today. Pai, who has only been in the job since Jan. 20, wasted no time prioritizing that goal. He has already circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the other commissioners that would allow...
Spectrum Auction Cracks $19 Billion (2/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Stage 4 of the forward portion of the FCC‘s spectrum auction pushed past the $19 billion mark in round 24 Wednesday, with bidders offering up $19,006,009,428 in that round, up about $30 million from $18,970,686,415, then adding another $38 million to $19,038,558,451 in round 25. Broadcasters won’t be getting any of...
Spectrum auction slows, 5G plans ramp and MWC preview – Carrier Wrap Ep. 58 (2/1/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The FCC auction recently hit a significant milestone with potential winning bids in the forward auction process hitting targets set by television broadcasters in the reverse auction proceedings. This means the auction itself is now down to just forward bidding and is set to come to a conclusion during the current...
Spectrum Auction: Total Increases By $64 Million (2/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] In the second round since the FCC boosted its asking price increase by 10% per round, bidders in the fourth, and last, stage of the forward portion of the spectrum auction bid up the total by $42 million—to $18,970,686,415 in round 23 from $18,928,450,387 in round 22. The auction has already met...
Dish picks up 28 GHz spectrum in asset swap with EchoStar (2/1/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Dish continues to sit on a sizable spectrum portfolio, although its plans for those airwaves are unclear, as is the value of that spectrum. Lackluster interest in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction has led some analysts to suggest that the general value of spectrum appears to be on the wane. However,...
Spectrum Auction Total Increases by $64 Million (2/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] In the first round since the FCC boosted its asking price increase by 10%, bidders bid up the total by $64 million in round 22 of stage four of the forward portion of the spectrum incentive auction. After averaging about $20 million increases per round for many days, rounds 20 and...
FCC Is Asked To Reopen Broadcast Communication Channels (1/31/2017) - [Source: Law360] Washington, D.C., law firm Wiley Rein LLP urged the Federal Communications Monday to drop rules barring certain communications by TV broadcasters during the ongoing broadcast incentive auction, saying their portion of the sale is complete and there is no risk of an effect on bids or strategies. Kathleen A Kirby, co-chair of the...
Auction Bid Total Jumps By Another $73 Million (1/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] After chugging along with per-round bid total boosts in the $20 million range for many days, rounds 20 and 21 of stage four of the forward portion of the FCC spectrum auction saw big jumps of about $75 million and $73 million, respectively. The round 21 total was $18,864,090,387, up from...
Spectrum Auction Bid Total Jumps By $75 Million (1/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] After chugging along with per-round bid total boosts in the $20 million range for many days, round 20 of stage four of the forward portion of the FCC spectrum auction saw a big jump of about $75 million. The round 20 total was $18,791,387, up from $18,715,312,391 in round 19. The...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Heads to Round 20 (1/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] It was on to round 20 for the FCC’s spectrum auction as bidders in round 19 of stage four of the forward auction continued to vie for spectrum blocks in smaller markets, pushing the total to $18,715,312,391, up $21 million from $18,694,030,387 in round 18. The auction has already met its two...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Moves to Round 19 (1/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] It was on to round 19 for the FCC’s spectrum auction as bidders in round 18 of stage four of the forward auction continued to vie for spectrum blocks in smaller markets, pushing the total to $18,694,030,387, up about $23 million over round 17’s $18,670,477,387. The auction has already met its two...
Incentive auction crawls past $18.67B in bids (1/31/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC will bump up the incremental price increase for each round of bidding in its latest move to spur activity that has slowed to a crawl in recent days. Beginning Wednesday, the agency will increase the price of spectrum by 10% per round, up from 5%. Bidders committed another $21...
Dielectric Celebrates 75th Anniversary (1/31/2017) - [Source: Radio Online] Dielectric is celebrating 75 years of providing purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters. The company is preparing for brisk business associated with the US TV spectrum repack and continued global investment in FM radio infrastructure in 2017. Based in Raymond, Maine, Dielectric helped pioneer the broadcast age in...
FCC Is Boosting Per-Round Auction Asking Prices (1/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Looking to speed the conclusion of the auction yet again, the FCC Monday (Jan. 30) said it will raise the asking price in each round. Stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction moved to its 18th round (Tuesday at 10 a.m.) after bidders upped their ante by...
Broadcast Lawyers to FCC: Can We Talk? (1/30/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Broadcast attorneys are asking incentive auction organizers when they can talk, already. Now that the reverse auction is complete and new TV station channel assignments are being finalized, attorneys say there’s no more need for the quiet period that prohibited communications among broadcasters during the auction. “I am writing to encourage the...
Wiley Rein To FCC: Ease Anti-Collusion Rules (1/30/2017) - [Source: Wiley on Media] This morning, on behalf of Wiley Rein, I filed a letter encouraging the FCC to issue a formal declaration that, with the final stage rule satisfied, no communications by broadcasters about the reverse auction can violate the Commission’s prohibition on certain auction-related communications.  The Incentive Auction has handcuffed the broadcast television...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Pushes on to Round 16 (1/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction will continue into round 16 after participants in the forward auction, round 15 of stage four, bid up the total price to   $18,627,621,387, up a hair over $20 million from $18,607,285,387 in round 14. The forward auction bidders are nothing if not consistent, staying around that $20...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Slugfest Goes to Round 15 (1/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction will continue into round 15 after participants in the forward auction, stage 4, bid up the total price to $18,607,285,387 Monday, up about $24 million from $18,583,877,387 in round 14 Friday. The FCC increased the number of rounds Monday from two to four to help move the process along. The broadcasters’ payout in the...
Auction Slugfest Goes to Round 15 (1/30/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC’s spectrum auction will continue into round 15 after participants in the forward auction, stage 4, bid up the total price to $18,607,285,387 Monday (Jan. 30),  up about $24 million from $18,583,877,387 in round 14 Friday. The FCC increased the number of rounds Monday from 2 to four to help move the...
A Broadcaster’s Guide To Washington Issues (1/30/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …For TV broadcasters, change is likely to happen on many fronts, not least of which is in connection with spectrum issues. The incentive auction continues, but there is an end in sight as the current Stage 4 will be the last one. After the auction, stations will be repacked into the new, smaller...
Post-Auction: 39 Months or Bust (1/27/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] There’s no avoiding a deadline. TV stations displaced by the spectrum incentive auction will have 39 months from channel-assignment public notification to shut down transmissions on pre-auction frequencies. This, according to the Public Notice on Procedures for the Post-Incentive Auction Broadcast Transition, released today by the Federal Communications Commission. (Click on the...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Moves Forward to Round 14 (1/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The new total for stage four, round 13, of the FCC spectrum auction is $18,583,877,387, up about $18.5 billion from $18,565,289,387 in round 12. Round 14 begins Monday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. The FCC Friday released its plans for repacking TV stations after the auction, which will wrap up after stage four. Broadcasters will...
NAB Asks for Repack Reporting Tweaks (1/27/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Yes or no does not always the question answer, the National Association of Broadcasters told the folks at the Federal Communications Commission regarding a proposed form for periodic channel-repacking reports. “While NAB generally believes the questions are substantively appropriate, many questions simply are not amenable to yes or no responses. Throughout the...
FCC Unveils Plans, Procedures For Repack (1/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] With the incentive auction now in mop-up mode, the FCC signaled it is moving on, issuing a basic plan and detailed procedures for repacking TV stations into a shrunken TV band. The repacking involves moving hundreds of stations to new channels within 39 months. The FCC said it will manage the channel migration...
FCC Adopts Phased TV Station Repack Plan (1/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] As the FCC’s spectrum auction winds down, the Media Bureau was busy Friday with what comes next—establishing the outlines of the phased TV station relocation transition and in the process denying some broadcaster requests for changes and granting others. An FCC source said one of the goals was to provide more flexibility for broadcasters....
A Verizon-Charter Deal Would Have Serious Implications for Dish (1/27/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Dish also is taking part in an ongoing FCC auction of broadcast TV licenses. T-Mobile and Verizon also are participating. As a result, the companies cannot hold talks for the moment. Rules meant to prevent collusion between bidders in government spectrum auctions bar strategic discussions between participants. The restrictions could lift as...
FCC Outlines Post-Incentive Auction Transition (1/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has released its procedures public notice for repacking TV stations after the broadcast incentive auction, which is currently wrapping up. According to the FCC’s Media Bureau, the notice provides “detailed information, instructions, and projected deadlines for filing applications related to the post-incentive auction broadcast transition.” That includes information about filing...
‘We doubt Verizon-Charter can or will happen,’ analyst says (1/27/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] While reports of Verizon’s interest in purchasing Charter Communications have spiked the shares of the No. 2 cable operator, not to mention the imagination of the broader telecom and media industries, MoffettNathanson principal analyst Craig Moffett doesn’t think a deal is going to happen. “We doubt it can or will happen,”...
FCC’s Forward Auction Moves to Round 13 (1/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Spectrum auction forward bidders boosted the auction total by another $20 million in round 12 of stage four Friday morning, increasing from $18,545,525,787 to $18,565,289,387. There will be one more two-hour round Friday afternoon before the FCC boosts the number of rounds to four and cuts the time per round from four hours to two, starting Jan....
Telecom Stock Roundup: Mixed Q4 for Verizon, AT&T and Qualcomm, FCC to Close Incentive Auction (1/26/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zacks] …FCC’s ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction… finally cleared all criteria at the Stage 4 of the forward bidding process. With this, the FCC will complete the whole Incentive Auction process after declaring the name of the spectrum winners. The much hyped auction has turned out to be a...
FCC ups rounds in incentive auction to spur ‘anemic’ bidding (1/26/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Forward bidding in the final stage of the FCC’s incentive auction “is proceeding at an anemic pace,” BTIG Research said, pushing back the expected time when bidders will once again be able to discuss potential spectrum deals. And on Thursday, the FCC boosted the number of rounds per day in an...
Broadcasters Lobby FCC To Refine Auction Repack Report (1/26/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission — when mulling potential changes to reporting requirements for broadcast television stations’ repackaging effort following an incentive auction to clear a chunk of spectrum for wireless use — should not suggest that stations must operate with diminished coverage, the National Association of Broadcasters said Wednesday. The NAB submitted its...
Round 11 Raises $23 Million; 1-Hour Bid Rounds Start Monday (1/26/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The TV spectrum incentive Stage 4 Round 11 forward auction raised a total of $23 million ($23,013,000) when bidding in the round concluded Thursday afternoon. All told, before discounts, the auction has raised a total of $18.5 billion ($18,545,525,787), inching up in successive rounds since closing conditions were met on Jan. 18....
Round 11: FCC’s Spectrum Auction Brings in Another $23 Million (1/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The forward auction will continue to an even dozen rounds Friday as stage 4 appears to have found a comfort zone of continued sporadic bidding in smaller markets that boosts the bid total in each round by about $20 million, give or take a few million, and keeps the auction going until...
FCC Is Increasing Spectrum Auction Rounds (1/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is boosting the number of bidding rounds in the fourth, and last, stage of the broadcast incentive auction. On Jan. 30, it will move from two two-hour rounds to four one-hour rounds in an effort to goose the bidding. In addition, the FCC has released some information on the assignment phase...
Spectrum Auction Bidders Boost Tally by $17 Million (1/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s incentive auction will continue into round 11 Thursday afternoon after round 10 saw the bid total increase a little over $17 million to $18,522,512,787 as bidders continued to vie for spectrum blocks in smaller markets. The broadcasters’ payout has already been set at about $10 billion for...
NAB Offers Caveats To Repack Progress Form (1/26/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] NAB says the FCC should change its auction repack progress form to remove any suggestion that broadcasters can or should be forced to operate on backup facilities that do not allow it to maintain coverage for an indefinite period of time. The suggestion came in comments on the FCC’s proposed form for the...
NAB to FCC: Don’t Force Us to Underserve Viewers (1/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters has told the FCC it is “a fiction” that its “arbitrary” 39-month deadline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction is achievable and warns it not to compel TV stations to provide diminished coverage in service of that deadline. That came in comments on the FCC proposed...
NAB to FCC: Don’t Force Us to Underserve Viewers (1/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters has told the FCC it is “a fiction” that its “arbitrary” 39-month deadline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction is achievable and warns it not to compel TV stations to provide diminished coverage in service of that deadline. That came in comments on the FCC proposed...
FCC’s Incentive Auction Moves to Round Nine (1/25/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction will continue to round nine Thursday, after bidding in smaller markets continued to increase the total by a few more million, which will be going to the Treasury. Forward auction bidders bid up the total for 70 MHz of spectrum to $18,505,053,387,...
Meredith: Super Bowl To Hold Down 1Q Rev (1/25/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …As for the spectrum auction, [Local Media Group President Paul Karpowicz] noted that the FCC-imposed cone of silence is still in effect but added that all signs indicate that the auction is winding up its final act. He said he anticipates being able to discuss the company’s participation in a week to 10 days.
FCC’s Incentive Auction Proceeds to Stage 4, Round 8 (1/25/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Like the spectrum auction version of the Energizer bunny, stage four of the spectrum incentive auction just keeps on going and going. Forward auction bidders bid up the total for 70 MHz of spectrum to $18,483,638,387, up about $22 million from $18,461,523,987 in round seven. That activity insured that the auction...
FCC Chairman Pai vows to close broadband “digital divide” (1/25/2017) - [Source: Ars Technica] Pai didn’t offer any specific initiatives for closing the digital divide yesterday, but in September 2016 he outlined a “digital empowerment agenda.” The plan included… setting aside 10 percent of spectrum auction proceeds for deployment of mobile broadband in rural areas. Pai suggested requiring mobile carriers to build out service to 95 percent...
Incentive Auction ‘Success’: A Skeptic’s View (1/25/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] On Jan. 18, two days before he left office, former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a statement lauding the completion of the incentive auction. “[T]he benefits of the auction are indisputable,” he said. “We will repurpose 70 MHz of high-value, completely clear low-band spectrum for mobile broadband on a nationwide basis. On...
FCC Priorities Under Republican Leadership (1/25/2017) - [Source: The National Law Review] Spectrum Policy: What has the FCC Done?  Unlike the Net Neutrality rules, Commissioner Pai and his Democratic colleagues have generally agreed that additional spectrum should be made available to private enterprises.  President Obama committed to making 500 MHz of federal and non-federal spectrum available for mobile and fixed wireless broadband...
Spectrum Sellers Won’t Be Known Until March (1/25/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] When the FCC announced last week that bidding by wireless carriers in the forward auction was sufficient to meet its obligations to pay the broadcasters who sold stations in the reverse auction and cover repacking and administrative costs, it essentially closed the reverse auction. So, the winning broadcasters now know who they are...
FCC’s Airwaves Auction Gets Mixed Reviews (1/24/2017) - [Source: Law360] An experimental incentive auction launched by the Federal Communications Commission to clear a chunk of spectrum for wireless use is set to wrap soon, but experts say the outcome is far from a resounding success and the revenues for many broadcasters are well short of expectations. Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week...
Pai Names FCC Bureau, Office Chiefs (1/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] New FCC chairman Ajit Pai has named new bureau chiefs and heads of various FCC offices, as well as signaling those who will be remaining in their current posts, including longtime engineering guru Julie Knapp and Incentive Auction Task Force chief Gary Epstein. Longtime Media Bureau chief Bill Lake will be...
Forward Bidders Add $21 Million to Pot (1/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction continued its slow roll Tuesday afternoon, with bidders upping the ante by about $21 million in round seven to $18,461,523,987 (it was $18,440,023,987 in round six) and ensuring the bidding will continue into round eight of stage four of the forward auction. The auction will close after this forward...
Pai Announces FCC Staff Appointments (1/24/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] [Alison Nemeth, Acting Media Adviser] will advise Chairman Pai on media issues. She… has worked on a variety of legal and policy issues in both the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus relating to broadcast television licensing, transactions, the broadcast incentive auction, privacy, and device security. Previously, Nemeth worked as an interim legal advisor for media...
Spectrum Forward Auction Inches Into Round 5 (1/23/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction is not done just yet. As of round 4 of stage 4 in what is essentially the clean-up phase of the spectrum incentive auction, forward auction bidders upped their bids by about $35 million, from $18,299,482,587 in round 3 Jan. 19, the most recent bidding day, to $18,354,882,127...
Padden Asks FCC To End ‘Quiet Period’ (1/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Former Fox and ABC network executive and spectrum sales advocate Preston Padden today called on the FCC to “immediately end” the commission’s “quiet period” that prohibited communication among incentive auction participants in order to avoid collusion. Among the quiet period rules are requiring applicants to say nothing beyond the fact that they did...
FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction to Close in Current Stage (1/23/2017) - [Source: The National Law Review] …The broadcast incentive auction will “successfully conclude” in Stage 4, the current stage, according to an FCC news release. The broadcast incentive auction is a market-based means of repurposing spectrum by encouraging broadcast television licensees to voluntarily relinquish spectrum usage rights in exchange for a portion of the proceeds from...
FCC 600 mHz incentive auction ends its stage four (1/21/2017) - [Source: ASZ News] After a two-year of long proceedings, Federal Communications Commission incentive auction for 600 MHz finally come to an end this Wednesday. The spectrum is now available for wireless technology to use. The long proceeding of 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction conducted by FCC finally ended in the four stage bidding, SVG News reported....
FCC General Counsel Symons Exiting (1/20/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC general counsel Howard Symons is exited the FCC Friday after three years at the commission, most of it as vice chair of the incentive auction task force… The exit comes as the spectrum auction Symons helped shepherd met its benchmarks for closing after the current stage of the forward auction.
Wheeler’s Auction: Promises Undelivered (1/20/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …The bidding by wireless carriers in the forward auction has so far generated $18.3 billion. That will be enough to cover the $10.5 billion the FCC owes the broadcasters who agreed to sell spectrum as well as the $1.75 billion it will owe broadcasters in the repack of the TV band and another...
FCC to Close Incentive Auction, Benchmark Meets at Stage 4 (1/20/2017) - [Source: Zacks] The U.S. telecom regulator, Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as Incentive Auction, finally cleared all criteria at the Stage 4 of the forward bidding process. The Incentive Auction, which commenced on Mar 29, 2016, completed its first part in Jul 2016. In this part, which...
Bidding to resume Monday as incentive auction nears end (1/20/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum will pick up again on Monday after taking a break for Inauguration Day. But it almost certainly won’t last much longer. Forward bidders in Stage 4 of the auction continued to up the ante on Thursday, committing another $91 million to acquire 70...
FCC to End Incentive Auction upon Completion of Stage Four Bidding (1/20/2017) - [Source: Lexology / Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP] Late yesterday, the FCC confirmed prospects for a conclusion of the 600 MHz incentive auction during Stage Four, after wireless industry participants in the auction’s forward phase posted total gross bids of $18.2 billion, which would cover both the broadcast industry’s most recent asking price of...
Wheeler: Auction ‘Delivered’ On Its Promise (1/19/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] On what may be his last day in office, FCC Tom Wheeler declared that the FCC incentive auction has “delivered on its ambitious promise,” repurposing 70 MHz of TV spectrum for wireless communications. The pronouncement came after it became clear that the wireless carriers, in their forward auction bidding, would generate enough money...
FCC Freezes LPTV Companion Channel Applications (1/19/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s Media Bureau says that, effective immediately and on its own authority, it is freezing applications for the digital companion channels for low power TV stations and translators… That comes as the FCC is about to close its broadcast incentive auction and starts repacking broadcasters in smaller spectrum space. LPTVs and translators...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction now down to just forward bidding (1/19/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction passed a significant milestone towards completion following four rounds of back-and-forth bidding between television broadcasters and telecommunication operators. The government agency noted that after round two of forward bidding in the auction’s stage four, all final stage rules were met, which means the...
Morning Tech: FCC incentive auction falls short of expectations (1/19/2017) - [Source: Politico] …The FCC’s incentive auction on Wednesday fell short of the high-flying expectations that surrounded it, raising some $18 billion — a far cry from the $80 billion payday some initially predicted. “It’s clearly way short of the hyperbolic statements we heard beforehand about spectrum crisis and enormous demand,” Tim Farrar of Telecom Media...
Incentive Auction Meets Final Stage Rule (1/19/2017) - [Source: AGL Media Group] The end is in sight for the FCC’s first incentive spectrum auction. Bidding in round two of stage four of the forward auction satisfied the requirements of the incentive auction’s final stage rule. More specifically, the estimated net proceeds reached $17.65B, which surpassed the target of $12.0B. Bidding will continue in...
FCC’s Incentive Auction In Home Stretch After Satisfying Final Stage Rule (1/19/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] Speculation that the FCC’s ongoing spectrum incentive auction could run into a fifth stage was laid to rest Wednesday as the bidders in Round 2 of the Stage 4 forward auction finally cleared the bar allowing the auction to close. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the milestone meant the auction had “delivered...
Incentive Auctions Will Complete at 470-608 MHz (1/19/2017) - [Source: Audio Gloss] It has been almost eight months since the U.S. Incentive Auctions began. The bidding continues; it has not closed, yet. But we know with complete certainty this bumpy ride will end at at the current clearing target of 84 MHz, because the Auctions’ version of a litmus test, the Final Stage Rule,...
FCC incentive auction set for final round (1/19/2017) - [Source: Total Telecom] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) late on Wednesday announced this its long-running incentive auction will conclude at the end of the next round of bidding, due to take place next Monday. Bidding by telcos on 600-MHz spectrum in the forward auction have reached $18.21 billion…
FCC spectrum incentive auction enters closing stages (1/19/2017) - [Source: Mobile World Live] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said its Incentive Auction to repurpose broadcast spectrum for mobile operators is entering its closing stages, with minimum bid requirements met. Yesterday’s notification the “Final Stage Rule” was met means the FCC achieved its reserve price for the cleared 70MHz spectrum and will also make enough money to...
Genachowski: Spectrum Auction Is Success From Various Vantages (1/18/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Reaction began pouring in after the FCC’s incentive auction met its two benchmarks Wednesday, meaning it will close after bidding dries up in stage four. Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, under whose watch the spectrum auction was drawn up, agreed with current chairman Tom Wheeler that the auction had been a success,...
Final Stage Auction Rule Met at $18.2 Billion (1/18/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The closing criteria of the television spectrum incentive auction have been met at $18.2 billion in bids for 70 MHz of public airwaves. The closing criteria—i.e., clearing costs plus expenses and a benchmark bid price— were finally met after 43 weeks and four separate stages targeting progressively less spectrum. Stage 4 targeted...
Incentive Auction to End After Stage 4 (1/18/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC will be able to close the spectrum auction, and at an 84 MHz spectrum total some had suggested was the last clearing target for a successful auction. The second round of stage 4 of the forward portion of the FCC incentive auction ended Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 29) with bidders...
Auction Round 1 Bidding Totals $17.7 Billion (1/18/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Today’s opening round of bidding by wireless providers in the fourth round of the spectrum incentive auction yielded $17.7 billion—enough to cover the $10 billion that broadcasters asked for 84 MHz of spectrum in the reverse auction, but not enough to meet the first closing criteria of $1.25 MHz/Pop. A second round...
Forward Auction Bidders Pony Up $17.7 Billion (1/18/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Round one of stage four of the forward auction ended at noon on Wednesday with forward auction bidders finally getting off their hands and ponying up $17.7 billion, easily covering the broadcasters’ asking price of $10 billion plus another $2 billion for costs, or $12 billion total, but failing to meet the top-40 market...
Morning Tech: Ross hearing preview: Senate Commerce’s tech and telecom priorities (1/18/2017) - [Source: Politico] …Wireless companies and others get another crack at TV airwaves as bidding resumes in the fourth stage of the FCC’s incentive auction. The end could be in sight — the price tag dropped to $10 billion in the last round of broadcast bidding. But in addition to covering the cost of the auction,...
The Auction Debacle (1/17/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] As 2017 gets underway and the spectrum auctions continue into the fourth round (which will quite possibly conclude by the time you read this), the assessment so far from most corners of the industry is that the results are underwhelming at least and disastrous at worst. The federal government will not reap...
Don’t Be Disappointed by the FCC’s Incentive Auction (1/17/2017) - [Source: Technology Policy Institute] After Stage 4 of the incentive auction, broadcasters asked for $10 billion to clear 84 MHz of spectrum—down from $86 billion to clear 126 MHz in Stage 1. Assuming that wireless providers will bid enough to allow the auction to close, FierceWireless noted, “that would bring a disappointing end to an...
FCC Auction’s Clearing Cost Drops To $10B (1/17/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum incentive auction is on track to bring in a fraction of its original goal of more than $80 billion, as the agency has set a target for its next round of the incentive auction at just over $10 billion, according to a Tuesday post on the FCC’s website....
Spectrum Auction Resumes Wednesday at 10 a.m. (1/17/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has made it official. Stage 4 of the forward portion of the spectrum auction will launch Wednesday, Jan. 18, and perhaps close as well if forward auction bidders start bidding again. The forward portion is where wireless companies and others bid for the spectrum broadcasters have agreed to relinquish in...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction end could be in sight (1/17/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings could come to a quick end following the latest reverse auction round that witnessed television broadcasters slash their financial compensation request to $10 billion. The fourth stage of the auction’s reverse bidding process concluded last Friday, with television broadcasters cutting the...
Lackluster FCC auction casts doubt on the value of spectrum: Analyst (1/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The wireless industry may see a flurry of spectrum deals once the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves finally comes to a close, perhaps as soon as by the end of the month. But the question of just how valuable spectrum really is has never been murkier. Stage 4 of the...
FCC’s 600 MHz Spectrum Auction Turning Out a Flop Show (1/17/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ / Zack’s] The ongoing FCC-conducted 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as Incentive Auction, is turning out to be a massive disappointment. In Jan 2016, the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had asserted that Incentive Auction will be the “world’s largest spectrum auction that has ever taken place.” At present, the optimism...
FCC: 600MHz auction ‘clearing cost’ slashed to USD10.05bn (1/17/2017) - [Source: TeleGeography] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that the ‘clearing cost’ attached to Stage Four of its 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) has been reduced to USD10.055 billion, down from USD40.313 billion in Stage Three, as the regulator seeks to bring the long-running process to a successful close. The...
Exclusive: Trump Team Embraces FCC Remake Blueprint (1/15/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The incoming Donald Trump Administration is said to have signed off on an approach to remaking the Federal Communications Commission offered by the FCC transition team majority, one that squares with the deregulatory philosophies of FCC Republicans Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, who will be two of the three Republican votes...
Clearing cost plummets to around $10B for Stage 4 of FCC’s incentive auction (1/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Stage 4 of the reverse portion of the FCC’s incentive auction ended Friday, with TV broadcasters setting a clearing cost of just more than $10 billion for up to 84 MHz of airwaves, falling dramatically short of the $40.3 billion set in Stage 3 and marking a tiny fraction of the $86 billion...
How Low Can It Go? Reverse Auction At $10B (1/13/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Stage 4 of the FCC’s reverse auction ended Friday afternoon with $10,054,676,822 as the new payout price that the government will need to clear 84 MHz of TV spectrum to resell to wireless operators. The question now is whether wireless carriers will agree to that in stage 4 of the forward auction process,...
Spectrum Auction: TV’s New Exit Price Plummets to $10B (1/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] TV broadcasters in stage 4 of the reverse portion of the FCC’s incentive auction have set a new price for clearing off their TV spectrum: $10,054,676,822. That is a huge drop from the previous round and sounds like a number wireless operators might be able to love, or at least meet,...
TV Station Owner Says Pause Spectrum Auction (1/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s soon to be Republican majority has been asked to hit the pause button on the broadcast incentive auction and reevaluate its “anemic participation” by wireless providers. That came in a letter to commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly from TV station owner Max Media chairman Gene Loving. He says...
Nexstar Broadcasting gets FCC approval for Media General acquisition (1/12/2017) - [Source: Post Online Media] The FCC further granted the divestiture applications that have been filed to bring Nexstar into compliance with the local and national television ownership rules. In addition, the commission waived prohibition on the consummation of the transaction during the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction, which remains ongoing. On January 27, 2016, Nexstar...
FCC Approves $4.6 Billion Media General-Nexstar Merger (1/11/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday agreed to allow Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. to buy Media General Corp. in a $4.6 billion deal, agreeing also to waive rules that would have barred the transaction during the ongoing broadcast incentive auction. The agency overruled arguments against the deal or in favor of conditions from...
Morning Tech: Tracking for tech at Trump’s press conference (1/11/2017) - [Source: Politico] …Bidding by the FCC for broadcast airwaves in the fourth stage of the ongoing incentive auction should wrap up by Friday, with forward auction bidding slated to begin again Jan. 18, the agency said Tuesday. It will be the fourth attempt by wireless companies and others to end the months-long auction, after the...
FCC Seeks Feedback on Repack Reporting Process (1/10/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission proposed its game plan for reimbursing TV stations displaced by the spectrum incentive auction, now in a fourth stage. (Editor’s Note No. 1: A commission spokesman asked TV Technology to clarify that it proposed repack reporting requirements for all auction-eligible stations, including those not eligible for reimbursement.) The...
FCC Targets Jan. 18 for Forward Auction Re-Start (1/10/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Incentive Auction Task Force says that it anticipates launching the next stage (stage 4) of the forward portion of the incentive auction, which is wireless companies and others bidding on spectrum freed up by broadcasters. Stage 4 of the reverse auction ends Jan. 13, so the FCC is wasting no time...
FCC leadership remains in flux ahead of crucial 600 MHz auction stage (1/9/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …The leadership upheaval at the FCC comes in the midst of the government agency preparing for a potentially important point in its ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction process, which is expected to eventually unleash sub-1 GHz spectrum support for next-generation mobile communication services. The FCC is currently looking to wrap up...
Claure: Sprint is a ‘formidable partner’ in any merger (1/6/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] …With the Federal Communications Commission’s current lowband spectrum auction, Sprint can’t enter negotiations with any of the participants, including T-Mobile. “We’re not speaking to anyone else,” [Sprint Corp. CEO Marcelo Claure] said. “At this point in time, we’re going to see what happens until the spectrum auction finishes, and then...
CES 2017 Unveils Game-Changing Innovation to the World (1/6/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] …FCC Commissioners kicked off the panel with broad agreement on the ongoing broadcast spectrum incentive auction, each commenting they are optimistic the incentive spectrum auction will succeed and make resources more efficient. The FTC Commissioners identified ongoing issues for data privacy and security for consumers with IoT, but stressed that any approach...
FCC To TV Stations: Make Sure Info is Up-To-Date (1/6/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s Media Bureau is reminding broadcasters that they need to update their contact information to make sure they can receive information about the incentive auction and post-auction station moves. “[It] is essential that they ensure that their contact information on file with the Commission is accurate and current,” the FCC...
T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere predicts what will happen in wireless during 2017 (1/5/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] …Legere predicted that in 2016, T-Mobile would be the big winner of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction. Since some bidders have since dropped out along the way, the clearing cost has not been topped and after three stages there is no winner here yet. Legere did correctly predict that T-Mobile would be...
“Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”: Local news could see a windfall from the FCC’s spectrum auction (1/5/2017) - [Source: Nieman Lab] Last year, the Federal Communications Commission launched an auction that will allow broadcasters to sell all or parts of their broadcast spectrum, which could then be purchased by wireless carriers looking to expand their reach. Some analysts initially projected that just public TV stations could bring in as much as $2.3 billion,...
Radio Deal Volume Lowest Since 1982 Finds SNL Kagan (1/5/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] …In the fourth quarter of 2016, 92% of the U.S. broadcast station deal volume ($96.2 million) came from radio deals. Due to the ongoing FCC quiet period on TV transactions as a result of the ongoing spectrum auction, the TV deal market registered a mere $8.2 million…
Sinclair CEO Ripley: ATSC 3.0 is going to ‘supercharge’ the broadcast business (1/4/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable] …[Chris Ripley, president and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group] said he expects the rollout of ATSC 3.0 to be done in conjunction with the FCC’s auction repack. “It’s fortuitous for a lot of reasons. A lot of stations will be moved around, and a lot of new equipment will have to be...
FCC: Stage 4 of Reverse Auction to End Jan. 13 (1/4/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is again increasing the pace of bidding in the reverse portion of the incentive spectrum auction, with a target end date of Friday, Jan. 13. So far, broadcasters have not had much luck getting wireless providers and other forward auction bidders, which includes Comcast, to collectively pay their clearing...
U.S. broadcast station deal volume surpassed $104 million in Q4, slowest radio deal market in over three decades for FY 2016 (1/4/2017) - [Source: PR Newswire] …In the fourth quarter of 2016, 92% of the U.S. broadcast station deal volume ($96.2 million) came from radio deals. Due to the ongoing FCC quiet period on TV transactions as a result of the ongoing spectrum auction, the TV deal market registered a mere $8.2 million…
What’s in store for 2017? (12/31/2016) - [Source: The Star Press] …[Ball State University’s] board of trustees long ago approved participation in a Federal Communications Commission auction during which the school could earn millions of dollars for taking WIPB off the air and “going dark,” for sharing a channel with another station or for moving from its current channel to a channel...
Bringing the Connected Future to All Americans, May 11, 2012 – January 3, 2017 (12/30/2016) - [Source: FCC] …I [Jessica Rosenworcel] have had the honor of working on traditional wireless auctions at the agency as well as the unique experience of laying the groundwork for the world’s first spectrum incentive auction… …I proposed a variety of ideas, including incentives that would provide federal authorities with a cut of the revenue from...
What you need to know about the NBC channel flip in Boston (12/30/2016) - [Source: Boston Globe] …NBC Boston doesn’t have its own full-power TV signal. Normally, networks would buy another station in town and take it over. That didn’t happen this time because of the federal government’s ongoing spectrum auction, which has made it difficult for stations to entertain bids from private buyers…
Year in Review: Lethargic bidding in the FCC’s 600 MHz spectrum auction (12/28/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The news: The incentive auction continues, but action from bidders thus far has been a major disappointment. Stage 3 of the auction fizzled out in early in December after a single round that generated a mere $19.7 billion in bids, less than half of the $40.3 billion that was needed to end the event. The dismal...
RCR Wireless News Top 100 stories of 2016 (Pt. 2) (12/27/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T may need to dig deep for 600 MHz licenses: Television broadcasters set a high bar in terms of what they want for their 600 MHz spectrum licenses the Federal Communication Commission wants to in turn auction off to the commercial mobile telecommunications space. … Read More
White Space Push Notification Waiver (12/23/2016) - [Source: Federal Communications Committee] [The FCC] waives the push notification requirements in Sections 15.37(j) and 15.711(I) of the Commission’s rules that fixed and Mode II personal/portable white space devices and white space databases must meet by December 23, 2016…
2017 Broadcasters’ Calendar (12/20/2016) - [Source: Pillsbury Law] Prohibition on Certain Communications: As of the date of this publication, all full-power and Class A television licensees that were eligible to participate in the reverse auction remain subject to the FCC’s rules prohibiting communications about bids and bidding strategies in the Broadcast Incentive Auction. This “quiet period” will continue until the...
Expecting Money From The FCC Post-Incentive Auction? (12/20/2016) - [Source: CommLawBlog] If you’re the owner of a full-power or Class A broadcast television station or are a multichannel video program distributor, and anticipate receiving a winning bid or seeking reimbursement funds from the Commission post-incentive auction, how will you get your money? The FCC has created an online tutorial to explain how this will...
Still No FCC Decision on Nexstar/Media General (12/20/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The FCC signaled early on that it would not make decisions on station license transfers that could implicate spectrum auction participants—this deal qualifies—while the auction was still going on.The FCC is shutting down bidding in the auction starting Dec. 23 and won’t resume until the new year…
Stage Four of Reverse Auction Begins With Abbreviated Rounds (12/19/2016) - [Source: Lexology] On Tuesday, the FCC kicked off the fourth stage of the reverse auction with shorter daily rounds which the agency hopes will inject new energy into the incentive auction process.  As stated in a public notice issued last Friday, the FCC will conduct two daily rounds of reverse auction bidding between December 13...
Incentive Auction Online Tutorial on Receiving Post-Auction Payments (12/19/2016) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] The Incentive Auction Task Force Announces an Online Tutorial for Full Power and Class A Broadcasters and Multichannel Video Programming Providers on Preparing to Receive Post-Auction Payments
Tom Wheeler to Resign as FCC Chairman (12/19/2016) - [Source: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP] …While Wheeler’s accomplishments include the launch of the first incentive auction in the FCC’s history, Wheeler is most likely to be remembered for enacting Open Internet rules last year that reclassified broadband network services under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.  Calling it “a privilege to work...
5G in US: Will Spectrum Be the Speed Bump? (12/19/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] …There are still questions, however, about how and when mmWave bands will be available for next-gen services, particularly in light of the delays to the 600MHz auction, and a change in guard at the FCC… …In contrast (to the nearly 11GHz of high-band spectrum the FCC is making available), a mere 80MHz...
Time, Gannett And The Sorry State Of Old Media (12/16/2016) - [Source: Forbes] …small television broadcasters are in despair over what looks to be their disappointing payday in the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) incentive auction, which sees them offer to sell their broadcast licenses to the government in an ever-decreasing reverse bidding procedure… …Sometime around February or March, the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum will...
FCC Speeding Up Spectrum Auction Dec. 19 (12/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Starting Monday, Dec. 19, bidding in stage four of the reverse portions of broadcast incentive auction will increase from two rounds to three. In the reverse auction, broadcasters compete to give up spectrum for an FCC payout. When that payout number is established, stage four of the forward auction begins, where...
Remarks Of Assistant Secretary Strickling [NTIA] On The 5G Wireless Future And The Role Of The Federal Government (12/16/2016) - [Source: Public] …As we sit here today, assuming a successful outcome of the FCC’s current incentive auction for TV band spectrum, we will have made more than 300 megahertz of spectrum available for wireless broadband with more in the pipeline. But just to show that the challenge is a persistent one, the goal posts keep...
A Sprint – T-Mobile Merger Makes Financial Sense, But Is Unlikely To Materialize (12/16/2016) - [Source: Forbes / Trefis] There has been renewed speculation that T-Mobile , the third largest U.S. wireless carrier, could be looking to be acquired… after the completion of the ongoing spectrum auction. There could be several potential suitors, ranging from cable firms – who see value in entering the wireless space to bolster revenue and...
Auction Underwhelms (12/16/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The $80 billion windfall predicted from the TV spectrum incentive auction failed to materialize eight months in. While broadcasters heeded the forecast and priced 126 MHz of TV spectrum at $86 billion in the first stage of the auction, wireless providers topped out at $23.1 billion for the 100 MHz offered for...
CTA Thanks FCC Leaders for Service, Commitment to Reallocating Spectrum (12/15/2016) - [Source: Business Wire] [From a statement from CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro]: “We thank Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Rosenworcel for their service, particularly their leadership in implementing the world’s first TV broadcast spectrum voluntary incentive auction. As our world becomes more connected and devices become powerful hubs for our connected lives – from wearable technology...
Analysis: Tom Wheeler’s FCC Legacy (12/15/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Wheeler inherited the spectrum auction, but its framework and outline were developed on his watch. So far, wireless bidders have not ponied up anywhere near broadcasters’ spectrum asks, so as the FCC drops its spectrum-clearing target, just how successful the auction will be in freeing up all that spectrum wireless carriers...
FCC Chairman Leaves as Trump Enters (12/15/2016) - [Source: TechZone 360] [FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler] has also helped pave the way to make more spectrum available for 5G. “Just as bipartisan support helped enable the incentive auction, there is growing bipartisan interest in the next big thing in spectrum policy: 5G,” Wheeler wrote recently. “With very fast speeds, scale to support billions of sensors,...
FCC Chairman Wheeler to step down Jan. 20 (12/15/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …While serving for just under four years, Wheeler oversaw a number of impactful decisions by the FCC in regards to the telecommunications space. These included the successful of two spectrum auctions covering the AWS-3 and H-Block bands, though he will likely not be in office to see the conclusion of the...
T-Mobile: 2016 In Review (12/13/2016) - [Source: Forbes] …The carrier also looks set to improve its low-band spectrum position, which is the weakest among nationwide carriers, given its strong positioning in the FCC’s ongoing 600 Mhz incentive auction. With Sprint deciding to sit out of the auction and AT&T’s financials potentially constrained by its recent M&A activity, T-Mobile could be set...
NBC Finds Short-Term Fix to Extend Boston Reach (12/13/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …[Senior executive VP David] Cohen said Comcast has already had preliminary discussions with Boston station owners about buying a second full-powered station but can’t further the process until after the broadcast spectrum auction ends. “In the interim, NBC is taking extraordinary steps to cover the Boston market with three broadcast television stations…...
NBC Boston cranks up dial before launch (12/13/2016) - [Source: The Boston Herald] …Last week, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey wrote a letter to Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts, citing concern about NBC Boston’s signal strength… In its response to Markey, Comcast said it also plans to acquire an additional full-power television station to guarantee full coverage of the market. NBC is expected to...
Stage 4 Reverse Auction to Begin Tuesday, December 12 – 84 MHz Clearing Target (12/12/2016) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] As expected, and as we wrote last week, the FCC announced Friday that the reverse auction phase of Stage 4 of the Incentive Auction will begin tomorrow, December 12, 2016. The FCC also, as expected, confirmed that the clearing target will be 84 MHz, meaning that the FCC will be looking...
FCC Aims To Clear 84 MHz In New Auction Stage (12/12/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission announced that the fourth stage of bidding in the incentive auction to convert spectrum from broadcast to mobile broadband use will begin Tuesday with a clearing target of 84 MHz, after a previous round failed to meet a $42 billion clearing target by a wide margin. The FCC’s public...
NBC Boston tells Markey it has a deal to reach more viewers (12/12/2016) - [Source: Boston Business Journal] …NBC is not acquiring WMFP; it is only rebroadcasting on the station. The network wants to acquire a full-power station in the market, it said in the letter, but has been temporarily blocked from doing so by an industrywide broadcast spectrum incentive auction that is expected to conclude in early 2017…
NBC Boston links with Hub station WMFP to boost signal (12/12/2016) - [Source: The Boston Herald] U.S. Sen. Edward Markey wrote a letter to Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts expressing concern about NBC Boston’s signal strength… In its response to Markey, Comcast says it also wants to acquire an additional full-power television station in order to guarantee complete coverage of the market. NBC is expected to pursue that...
IEEE-BTS Symposium Tackles Repack Complexity (12/12/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Even though two stages of the FCC’s incentive auction had been completed before the symposium ended, many questions remained about what broadcasters would have to do to move to their new channels when the auction ended and how they would be reimbursed… FM stations have been ignored in the FCC’s repack planning,...
Erie TV stations unlikely to sell in FCC airwaves auction (12/11/2016) - [Source: GoErie.com] Recent developments in a nationwide auction of broadcast airwaves make it unlikely that any Erie television station will sell its frequency to wireless carriers. The carriers, including AT & T and Verizon Communications, only bid $19.7 billion during the third round of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction, which concluded Dec. 5....
Senators Propose TV Station Relocation Fund (12/9/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters is praising a bipartisan effort by a handful of senators to make sure there is enough money to cover the costs of TV station moves after the spectrum auction and that stations can’t be forced to meet a moving deadline for reasons beyond their control. But...
Carriers Press FCC To Stick To Post-Auction Timeline (12/9/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Competitive Carriers Association said Thursday that the Federal Communications Commission should make sure it completes the transition of broadcasters to new airwaves after the incentive auction within the planned 39 months, saying its members need the spectrum as soon as possible. The wireless carriers group praised a plan floated by the FCC to...
FCC Sets 84 MHz Clearing Target for Stage IV of Auction (12/9/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Next Tuesday, Dec. 13, will see the start of stage IV of the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction, with a new clearing target of 84 MHz. The commission has also announced a handful of rule changes to the bidding process from previous rounds. After stage III, with 108 MHz clearing target, closed...
Senators Propose TV Station Relocation Fund (12/9/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] The National Association of Broadcasters is praising a bipartisan effort by a handful of senators to make sure there is enough money to cover the costs of TV station moves after the spectrum auction and that stations can’t be forced to meet a moving deadline for reasons beyond their control. But it...
NAB Statement on Senate Viewer Protection Act Draft (12/9/2016) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] In response to a draft bill… to help safeguard consumers’ TV signals following the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith: “NAB greatly appreciates the leadership of Sens. Moran and Schatz and their colleagues in working to ensure that millions...
Clearing Target of 84 Megahertz Set for Stage 4 of the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction; Stage 4 Bidding in the Reverse Auction Will Start on December 13, 2016 (12/9/2016) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] By this Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force (Task Force) and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) announce the 84 megahertz spectrum clearing target that has been set by the Auction System’s optimization procedure for the fourth stage (Stage 4) of the incentive auction. This Public Notice also describes the band...
FCC Speeds Reverse Auction For Stage Four (12/9/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is hoping the fourth time is the charm. The commission said Friday that it will start stage four of the reverse portion of the broadcast incentive auction Dec. 13, as planned, and when it is done that spectrum will be uniform across all markets and totally unimpaired. The FCC is...
Incentive Auction Stage 4 Clearing Target; Schedule Announced (12/9/2016) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] Stage 4 reverse auction clock bidding to start December 13th, seven blocks with zero impairments for Stage 4 forward auction, and upcoming dates and information for Stage 4 reverse auction and forward auction
What is Really Going on with the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction? (12/9/2016) - [Source: Cooley] …Both sides of the auction will close when the money committed to purchasing broadcasters’ spectrum is met by wireless carriers’ aggregate bids for the recovered spectrum. The first stage of broadcaster bidding started on May 31 and the two sides of the auction are still more than $20B apart. Many are asking why...
Will FCC’s 600 MHz Spectrum Auction be a Flop Show? (12/8/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zacks] The ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as – Incentive Auction – conducted by the U.S. telecom regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has so far seen lukewarm response from bidders. In Jan 2016, the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had asserted that Incentive Auction will be the...
FCC Incentive Auction A ‘Net Positive’ For American Tower (12/8/2016) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] To some, the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction may be viewed as a pending failure, with Marci Ryvicker, Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities, the latest to express concerns that the auction won’t reach its conclusion. From the vantage point of American Tower Corp. EVP/CFO Tom Bartlett, the incentive auction “will be a net positive for us,”...
Media General-Nexstar Talks Should Sink Deal, Group Says (12/7/2016) - [Source: Law360] The American Cable Association is continuing to press the Federal Communications Commission to deny Media General Corp. and Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. a waiver to complete their $4.6 billion merger before the broadcast incentive auction ends, warning in an ex parte filing Tuesday of undisclosed retransmission consent negotiations. Nexstar disclosed its ongoing negotiations...
What Happens If The Spectrum Auction Fails? (12/7/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker addressed the possibility that the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction may fail in a note to investors today. “The technical definition of auction failure is concluding Stage 9 (42 MHz cleared/ 20 MHz sold) with the Final Stage Rule still having not been met,” she wrote. “According to our...
Morning Tech: AT&T/Time Warner in Hill hot seat today (12/7/2016) - [Source: Politico] The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report this week scrutinizing the effects of the agency’s incentive auction on low-power television stations and translator stations, which often serve rural areas. “After the auction, FCC intends to reorganize the television stations remaining on the air so that they will occupy a smaller range of...
Wireless Bids For Broadcast Spectrum Again Fall Short (12/6/2016) - [Source: Law360] Bids to convert 108 MHz of spectrum from broadcast to mobile broadband use failed to meet a $42 billion clearing target by a wide margin, triggering a soon-to-be-announced fourth stage of bidding under lowered targets, the FCC announced Monday. The third stage of the forward auction to reallocate low-band broadcast spectrum licenses in...
How the Spectrum Auction Could Save Journalism (12/6/2016) - [Source: Current] …In the auction’s first three stages, the differences between sellers’ prices and buyers’ bids were vast.In the next stage of the auction, which is expected to begin Dec. 13, the FCC will attempt to clear 84 MHz in each television market, the equivalent of channels 38 to 51 on the dial. While analysts initially predicted that public stations...
FCC’s 600MHz Auction Flops Again (12/6/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] The FCC has stopped the bidding process for the 600Mhz auction of broadcast spectrum for mobile usage after just one round. A clearing price of $40.3 billion was set for 108MHz of the low-band spectrum, which would deliver about 80MHz of usable bandwidth for mobile broadband applications. Bidders including AT&T Inc. (NYSE:...
Zinwave names former Ericsson small cell, DAS expert as CTO (12/6/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Zinwave also said its all-fiber architecture makes it more reliable and easier to install than traditional DAS solutions. That means, for example, that for the 600 MHz band that is the subject of the current incentive auction, with Zinwave, “that 600 MHz band will pass through the existing product without any modification,”...
Wireless Carriers Make Underwhelming Offers in FCC Spectrum Auction (12/6/2016) - [Source: The Street] AT&T (T) , Verizon Communications (VZ) , T-Mobile USA (TMUS) , Comcast(CMCSA) and other potential buyers of wireless spectrum licenses made underwhelming offers in the third stage of a government auction. The bidding began and ended on Monday, lasting just one round and setting up a next stage of the auction. The...
One and Done: Stage 3 Forward Auction Ends After Just One Round of Bidding (12/6/2016) - [Source: JDSupra / CommLawCenter] At the end of Stage 2 of the Spectrum Auction, I wrote about bidder fatigue and the hope that the FCC would drop its spectrum clearing target a couple of notches for Stage 3 to expedite the conclusion of a now seemingly interminable auction.  Unfortunately, the FCC held fast to its...
Sen. Markey questions reach of Comcast’s new NBC Boston station (12/6/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Ed Ansin, [CEO Sunbeam Television]… refused [NBCU’s $200 million offer for WHDH-TV broadcast facilities] under the belief that the station’s assets were worth around $450 million, factoring in the value of the station’s spectrum due to be offered in the broadcast incentive auction. Of course, since then the incentive auction has failed...
Morning Tech: The business benefits Thiel could gain from Trump transition (12/6/2016) - [Source: Politico] The FCC’s airwaves auction will head into a fourth stage next week, after bidding for TV spectrum ended abruptly Monday, with wireless companies and others collectively raising $19.7 billion. That’s well below the $40.3 billion sought by broadcasters, and nearly $2 billion less than what wireless operators offered at the end of the...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction stage 3 collapses after one forward bidding round (12/6/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to infuse low-band spectrum into the “5G” technology path moves onto a new round as telecom providers yet again were “one and done” in the latest forward auction proceedings. Stage three of the 600 MHz incentive auction process finished up today as the FCC halted bidding...
Stage 3 of the Reverse Auction is in the Books at $40 Billion – Forward Auction to Begin on Monday (12/6/2016) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] The FCC last week announced that Stage 3 of the reverse auction portion of the FCC Incentive Auction is now complete, and the amount necessary to be paid to TV stations to vacate the required spectrum in this stage is $40,313,164,425.  This represents a drop from the $54,586,032,836 clearing cost that resulted...
600MHz auction continues to underwhelm as Stage Three draws to a close (12/6/2016) - [Source: TeleGeography] Stage Three of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) came to an abrupt end yesterday (5 December) after a single round of bidding. In total, bidders offered USD19.676 billion for TV broadcasters’ airwaves in the so-called ‘Forward Auction’, far short of the USD40.313 billion ‘clearing cost’...
Stage 3 of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction is over with no end to the process in sight (12/6/2016) - [Source: Phone Arena] With all of the heavy hitters participating in the FCC auction of 600MHz spectrum, it was believed that the process, once started, would get done rather quickly. But the auction of this valuable low frequency spectrum has turned into a poker game. Up for grabs is 108MHz of spectrum that would actually...
Overnight Tech: FCC eyes cybersecurity role | More trouble for spectrum auction | Google seeks ‘conservative outreach’ director (12/5/2016) - [Source: The Hill] …The third FCC spectrum auction failed to draw enough bids, reports the Wall Street Journal. The process will now move into its fourth stage as the FCC attempts to get major telecom companies like Verizon and AT&T to purchase licenses currently being used by television broadcasters. The auction’s prices have declined as each one...
Information on Low Power Television, FCC’s Spectrum Incentive Auction, and Unlicensed Spectrum Use (12/5/2016) - [Source: United States Government Accountability Office] …GAO was asked to review the possible effects of the auction on LPTV and translator stations and their viewers. This report examines: (1) LPTV and translator stations and how FCC’s incentive auction might affect their viewers, (2) selected stakeholders’ views on actions FCC has proposed to mitigate the possible...
NAB Statement on Close of Stage Three of Incentive Auction (12/5/2016) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] In response to the close of Stage 3 of the forward auction of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction after just one round of bidding, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith: “The results of the latest round of the TV auction leave us scratching...
FCC Airwaves Auction Fails Again to Draw Enough Bids (12/5/2016) - [Source: The Wall Street Journal] The U.S. government’s massive airwaves auction again failed to move forward Monday after a single two-hour round of bidding didn’t generate enough demand. The complex process will now move into its fourth stage with another cut to the supply of available licenses, and the auction which kicked off in May...
FCC’s Stage 3 Forward Auction Closes After Single Round, Stage 4 to Start Next Week (12/5/2016) - [Source: Wireless Week] Are we really surprised? Stage 3 of the FCC’s forward auction closed after a single round on Monday, propelling the proceedings toward an expected Stage 4 reverse auction start date next week. According to the FCC’s Incentive Auction Dashboard, Stage 3 forward auction proceeds totaled just $19.7 billion against a clearing cost...
Bidders remain silent as Stage 3 of incentive auction ends after 1 round, total drops to $19.7B (12/5/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Bidders in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted spectrum continued to show little interest in the proceeding, with Stage 3 of the forward portion of the event ending after one round and total bids declining to $19,676,240,520. Critics blasted the event as a “joke,” with bidders—including the likes...
FCC Republicans try to protect AT&T and Verizon in net neutrality case (12/5/2016) - [Source: Ars Technica] …Republicans in Congress said the FCC should focus “only on matters that require action under the law” and an ongoing spectrum auction.Wheeler agreed to halt any controversial rulemakings in his remaining time as chair, but he did not say that he would stop investigating potential violations of current rules. The FCC’s Republicans want Wheeler to...
Spectrum Auction Stage 3: In and Out (12/5/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] Stage three of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction began and ended Monday when forward auction bidders again refused to up their prices for reclaimed broadcast spectrum. In fact, the total after stage there was lower — $19,676,240,520 — because the FCC reduced the amount of spectrum and the bidders...
Auction Stage III Bidding Concludes at $19.7 Billion (12/5/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Stage three of the TV spectrum incentive auction has now concluded, with broadcasters seeking $40.3 billion for 108 MHz of spectrum, and wireless providers bidding $19.7 billion for the 80 MHz designated for sale. The forward auction portion of the third stage, which started this morning, appeared to conclude after a single...
T-Mobile CFO to cable: ‘You’re never going to get deep integration in the network with an MVNO’ (12/5/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Comcast has promised to offer some kind of wireless service in its cable footprint through Verizon sometime next year. Moreover, Comcast is a registered participant in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted 600 MHz spectrum licenses.Charter, for its part, has said it has major plans for the wireless...
Wireless Companies Won’t Bid Up TV Spectrum (12/5/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Stage three of the forward portion of the FCC‘s spectrum auction began and ended Monday when forward auction bidders again refused to up their prices for reclaimed broadcast spectrum. In fact, the total after stage three was lower—$19,676,240,520—because the FCC reduced the amount of spectrum and the bidders simply reduced their demand...
Wireless network capex to ramp up in 2017: Wells Fargo (12/5/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Meanwhile, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are all expected to spend billions on 600 MHz airwaves in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ spectrum. And carriers’ efforts to densify their networks via small cells have been hampered by permitting difficulties and other headaches at the municipal level…
FCC to Initiate Stage 3 of the 600 MHz Spectrum Auction (12/5/2016) - [Source: Zacks] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is likely to commence the stage 3 of the second part (forward auction) of the ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as the Incentive Auction. The Incentive Auction, which was initiated by the FCC on Mar 29, 2016, completed its first part in Jul 2016....
Reverse Phase of Incentive Auction Ends with New $40.3 Billion Clearing Target (12/5/2016) - [Source: Lexology] Yesterday, broadcasters closed Stage 3 of the reverse phase of the incentive auction after 52 rounds, setting a new clearing cost of $40.3 billion, which wireless carriers must bid to gain access to 108 MHz (80 MHz net) of surrendered broadcast industry spectrum in the 600 MHz band during the upcoming forward phase...
FCC targets USD 40 bln for broadcast reverse auction Stage 3 (12/5/2016) - [Source: Telecom.Paper] The FCC has completed the third stage of its broadcast reverse auction, setting a target price of USD 40.3 billion for 108 MHz of spectrum that would free up 80 MHz for wireless use. Bidders must meet that price in the third round to end the auction; otherwise the FCC will lower the...
T-Mobile, Dish Stakes High In TV Spectrum Auction Endgame (12/2/2016) - [Source: Investor’s Business Daily] The spotlight shifts to AT&T (T), Verizon Communications (VZ), T-Mobile US (TMUS) and other registered bidders next week in a government spectrum auction, after TV broadcasters again reduced their asking price for prime wireless airwaves, this time to $40.3 billion.In two earlier rounds, TV broadcasters initially sought $86 billion for 100...
It’s Official: Walden Tops House E&C (12/2/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] Steven J. Berry, president of the Competitive Carriers Association, said… “[Rep. Greg Walden’s (R-Ore.)] understanding of the Universal Service Fund [broadband subsidy program] and role in crafting the legislation leading to the 600 MHz [broadcast] incentive auction will be an asset to the Committee and to Congress. With many important policy issues in...
Worst of the Week: AT&T draws ire, while Sprint throws shade (12/2/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Sprint CFO Tarek Robiatti this week, while speaking at an investor conference, threw some serious shade at the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. The executive said the low-band spectrum up for bid is old-school thinking, as the massive amount of bandwidth needed for “5G” requires much wider...
Morning Tech: Telecom wonk Walden takes House E&C chair (12/2/2016) - [Source: Politico] …The price tag for TV airwaves dropped to $40.3 billion as broadcaster bidding in the third stage of the FCC’s incentive auction wrapped up Thursday. That’s down from the $54.6 billion asking price in the second stage, but wireless companies and others ended bidding after only a day in the auction’s second act,...
FCC Forward Auction Bidding Starts Dec. 5 (12/2/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] As expected, bidding in stage three of the forward auction will begin Dec. 5, the FCC said Friday. Stage three of the reverse auction ended Thursday, with the broadcasters’ new asking price of $40 billion. Now forward auction bidders will start competing for the 108 MHz of spectrum relinquished (actually 80...
FCC sets $40.3B clearing cost as incentive auction enters Stage 3 of bidding (12/2/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Forward bidding in Stage 3 of the FCC’s auction of 600 MHz airwaves is expected to begin Monday, with carriers and would-be service providers once again vying for TV broadcasters’ spectrum. And the next round could be much more telling than the first two. The commission completed the third stage of...
FCC 600 MHz auction sets $40.3B target for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile (12/2/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Telecommunication operators are set for their third chance to acquire access to 600 MHz spectrum licenses, though they will need to come up with more than $40 billion in combined bids to close the Federal Communications Commission’s latest incentive auction round. The government agency wrapped up the third stage of the...
Sprint capex to rebound in 2017, claims 600 MHz spectrum ‘of the past’ (12/1/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Another way Sprint is keeping a lid on expenses is by forsaking the ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. The carrier announced late last year it would forgo the proceedings citing its already robust spectrum holdings concentrated in the 2.5 GHz band.During this week’s investor conference, Robiatti further downplayed the need for...
FCC to Pay Less for Airwaves as Auction Moves to Third Round (12/1/2016) - [Source: ADVFN] The amount the U.S. government could spend to buy up airwaves from local TV stations fell 26%, as a complex auction that is designed to free up spectrum for wireless services enters its third round. The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it agreed to spend $40.3 billion to acquire airwaves from broadcasters, below...
Broadcasters Set New $40B Spectrum-Clearing Price (12/1/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The third stage of the FCC’s broadcast incentive spectrum auction closed Thursday after 52 rounds, with the broadcasters’ new asking price now $40,313,164,425 for 108 MHz of spectrum. That is less than half of the broadcasters’ original asking price, though that was for more spectrum. The FCC has said stage three of...
What to Expect From the Trump FCC (12/1/2016) - [Source: Perkins Coie] …Although not as widely controversial, other material decisions adopted by [FCC] 3-2 votes included the following: incentive auction procedures, IP network technology transitions, mobile spectrum holdings, the national audience reach cap for ownership of television stations, Telephone Consumer Protection Act rule, submarine cable outage reporting requirements and rates for interstate inmate calling...
Trump’s latest FCC adviser opposes net neutrality rules, supports spectrum sharing (12/1/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] “The FCC’s recent actions and the White House’s intervention is inconsistent with a stable, evidence-based regulatory approach,” [Roslyn] Layton and [Mark] Jamison wrote last year in a joint piece responding to the FCC’s adoption of rules addressing net neutrality. “The situation distracts the FCC from its mission-critical responsibilities, such as the upcoming...
ACA to FCC: Deny Nexstar-Media General Waiver (11/30/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Because Media General had indicated it would be participating in the auction—it was allowed by the FCC to signal, and did signal, that it was applying to be eligible—FCC action on the transfer could provide more specific information about the auction, which is why the FCC decided it would not act...
Sprint CFO: Site permits will boost capital spending next year (11/30/2016) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] [CFO Tarek] Robbiati said [Sprint’s 2.5GHz holdings were] the “best and most efficient” to cater to high-capacity wireless data networks. This, and not a lack of funds, was why Sprint didn’t participate in the FCC’s enormous 600 MHz spectrum auction earlier this year, Robbiati said. “It’s simply because it’s a spectrum...
Sprint’s (S) Wireless Expansion Plans Bode Well, Risks Stay (11/30/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zacks] ….Further, Sprint’s decision to skip Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 600 MHz low-band airwaves auction will save cash for the company but will limit its scope for network upgrades and expansion, which may hurt operations over the long term. Additionally, the company has a debt-laden balance sheet, negative operating cash flow...
December Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO Reports, Ownership and Ancillary Revenue Reports, Ownership Review and Incentive Auction Updates (11/30/2016) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] …The TV incentive auction marches on. The FCC has just announced that the current Stage 3 Reverse Auction will end on December 1, with the wireless bidders expected to begin their Forward Auction on Monday, December 5. Watch this bidding to see if we will see an end to this incentive...
FCC Plans Dec. 5 Start for Forward Auction (11/29/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC says it expects to start stage three of the forward auction on Dec. 5. That is not official, but in announcing that stage three of the reverse auction will end Dec. 1—barring computer issues or other outside factors—the FCC said it anticipated starting the forward auction Dec 5, adding: “Forward auction bidders...
Advocate Wants FCC Auction To Fund Local Journalism (11/29/2016) - [Source: Law360] A portion of the profits from the FCC’s experimental broadcast incentive auction should support community information projects and journalism, advocacy group Free Press said Monday in launching a new campaign that pushes for using funding from the auctioning of public TV licenses. Free Press is first focusing on New Jersey and the proceeds...
White Paper: Bright Futures Ahead for Cellphone Booster Manufacturers (11/29/2016) - [Source: Commercial Integrator] Manufacturers state the FCC’s spectrum auction won’t impact the continued reliance upon their products that enhance cellular network signals. …it’s important to note the impact of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spectrum sale on long-term cellphone signal booster growth, as well as public’s limited awareness of both the FCC auction and the...
Trump taps another net neutrality critic for FCC transition (11/29/2016) - [Source: The Hill] The Trump transition team announced on Tuesday that Roslyn Layton will join the FCC landing team. Layton will work alongside Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison… Layton went on to say [in a 2015 editorial] that the FCC should focus on other matters. “The situation distracts the FCC from its mission-critical responsibilities, such as the...
Decoding the Spectrum Auction — and What It Could Mean for Communities Craving Better News and Information (11/29/2016) - [Source: Free Press] …Whether the public will gain anything from this major redistribution of the airwaves is an open question. These are the public’s airwaves, and their use has always come with public interest obligations.Free Press believes that communities should benefit from the sale of these valuable resources. That’s why we just launched a new...
T-Mobile/Sprint tie-up is far from certain under Trump: Cowen and Co. (11/29/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …Deutsche Telekom has long looked to offload its U.S. carrier, but earlier this year shelved those efforts to focus on the incentive auction. Investors appear to be betting that consolidation in wireless will be more likely under Trump, and the two FCC advisers the incoming president made last week may signal a far lighter...
Next phase of forward bidding in FCC 600 MHz incentive auction set for Dec. 5 (11/29/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to goose the domestic market’s move into the “5G” space is set to begin its next move as the government agency said it expects the third forward auction phase of its ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction process to begin Dec. 5. The FCC said it expects...
Morning Tech: Decision on House E&C gavel expected this week (11/29/2016) - [Source: Politico] FCC AUCTION UPDATE — FCC bidding for TV station airwaves in the third stage of the incentive auction is expected to wrap up by Thursday. The agency has been offering decreasing payments for broadcast spectrum as it tries to find a balance between spectrum supply and demand. Wireless bidding for those airwaves is...
Activists Think the FCC’s Broadcast Spectrum Auction Could Save Local Journalism (11/29/2016) - [Source: Motherboard] …a group of activists is trying to steer the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadcast spectrum auction into a way to strengthen local journalism and community-information projects. The Free Press Action Fund, a project by digital media campaigner Free Press, has this week launched a new campaign aimed at getting funds raised by public...
ACA Takes Aim at Nexstar-Media General Merger (11/28/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] …The deal proposal [for Nexstar’s acquisition of Media General] was not filed until after the deadline for FCC action on stations in the broadcast incentive auction. The commission had said it would not approve any deals for the duration of the auction if they involved stations potentially in the auction, which the...
FCC’s Latest TV Reverse Auction Ending Dec. 1 (11/28/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC Monday signaled that, barring the unforeseen, stage three of the reverse portion of the broadcast incentive auction will close Dec. 1. That had been the expectation, but the FCC put an exclamation point on it by announcing it would hold up to five rounds that day, rather than the planned...
Public TV and the FCC Spectrum: A Mystery and an Opportunity (11/28/2016) - [Source: Benton Foundation / Free Press] The Free Press Action Fund recently set out to determine which public TV stations are taking part in the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast incentive auction. First we noted which stations had already publicly announced their intention to participate or not. Then in July, we contacted by phone all auction...
UF business prof named to Trump team (11/28/2016) - [Source: Gainesville Sun] …Mark Jamison, director of [U. of Florida’s] Public Utility Research Center, is joining the transition team focusing on the Federal Communications Commission…. Jamison wrote a Sun editorial [that said] “The situation distracts the FCC from its mission-critical responsibilities, such as the upcoming incentive auction to get more spectrum in the marketplace and meet consumers’...
Free Press: Noncom Auction Funds Can Boost Local Journalism (11/28/2016) - [Source: Radio World / Broadcasting & Cable] Activist group Free Press is urging lawmakers to use some of the potential billions of dollars in broadcast incentive auction proceeds to seed innovative local journalism and community projects. The idea is not to let too many of the apples in that multibillion dollar windfall to travel too...
A Chance to Invest Millions in the News and Information People Need (11/28/2016) - [Source: Free Press] …Right now the FCC is auctioning off a portion of the public airwaves to free up more bandwidth for mobile data. This auction is expected to result in as much as $50 billion going to broadcasters around the country.The auction includes noncommercial TV licenses belonging to public TV stations owned by states,...
T-Mobile again accused of misleading investors with hazy metrics (11/28/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …According to reports, DT CEO Tim Hoettges said the company was not in the “mood of selling the business.” Those comments backed ones from earlier this year when Hoettges said DT had no plans to sell T-Mobile US through at least the still ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. The decision...
An Auction That Could Transform Local Media (11/28/2016) - [Source: New York Times] With the demand for wireless broadband growing, the Federal Communications Commission is auctioning off a big chunk of the public airwaves. Billions of dollars are likely to change hands, a windfall that could transform local media across the country. This broadband spectrum is now used by TV stations to broadcast their...
AT&T’s Sneaky Plan to Improve Its Network Capacity (11/26/2016) - [Source: Motley Fool] …T-Mobile is planning to spend up to $10 billion in the ongoing incentive spectrum auction. AT&T’s recent string of big acquisitions means it will likely have to cut back on spectrum acquisition plans. …With an impending surge in video streaming and a lower expected haul from the incentive spectrum auction, AT&T is...
Coming soon? An FCC that handles only radio spectrum? (11/25/2016) - [Source: Phone Arena] …[Professor and Trump advisor Mark Jameson] envisions an FCC that scales back nearly all of its traditional functions, making way for the Federal Trade Commission, and state regulators to handle traditional telecommunications services and broadcasters, focusing instead on spectrum licensing. Even then, Jameson argues, spectrum space is being squandered due to dampened...
Comcast’s stock price hits record, making fresh deals easier to pull off (11/25/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Philly.com] …the latest FCC spectrum auction will likely create further opportunities for new arrangements among the media giants.A less-activist, Republican-led FCC and Justice Department may be less likely to block the remaining wireless phone companies from combining. Just don’t be too quick to count some of the usual deal suspects as sold...
TV tower firm warns FCC ‘quiet period’ will harm post-auction transition (11/23/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] TV tower firm Electronics Research (ERI) warned the FCC that the “quiet period” for broadcasters during the ongoing broadcast incentive auctions could have a “detrimental effect” on pre-planning for the channel reassignment transition. In a meeting with FCC officials on the Incentive Auction Task Force (IATF), ERI said that it was ramping...
Under a Cocoon, ESB Plans for New FM Era (11/22/2016) - [Source: Radio World] …With the digital TV repack coming, the current lineup of TV antennas on [the Empire State Building’s historic broadcast] tower may change, though exact details are still up in the air awaiting the results of the FCC’s spectrum auction and the business battle for tenants between Empire and the Durst Organization’s new...
5G broadband services to be challenged by mm wave spectrum limitations (11/22/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …The FCC is currently conducting an especially complex 600 MHz incentive auction process, which the government agency and some analysts have noted could provide the needed low-band spectrum support for 5G services.
Telecom Alert: November 21, 2016 – Republicans Urge FCC Regulatory Freeze… (11/21/2016) - [Source: The National Law Review] Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week, urging him to omit controversial topics from the FCC’s agenda for the remainder of his tenure and  to focus instead on ensuring a...
Eisenach Named to FCC Transition Team (11/21/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] …As a consultant, [Jeffrey Eisenach] has written papers for the National Association of Broadcasters on broadcasters property rights in the spectrum incentive auction and a study buttressing retransmission consent as a net positive, saying “the success of the U.S. retransmission consent regime provides a useful example for other nations in which television...
Trump FCC Point Man Has Broadcasting Ties (11/21/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …[Jeffrey] Eisenach, 58, is well known in communications policy circles. He has served as a consultant to NAB and the Walt Disney Co., writing detailed economic reports supporting their positions on the incentive auction, retransmission consent and ownership deregulation.Eisenach has also been called in by NCTA–The Internet & Television Association on telephone issues,...
IHS sees ‘flat to very moderate’ capex through 2016 (11/21/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …U.S. operators have cut back capex due to several factors… operators are hoping to compile cash in advance of expensive 5G deployments, and Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are all still expected to spend billions during the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum.
DT dismisses plans to sell T-Mobile US stake despite Trump election (11/18/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …DT CEO Tim Hoettges this week said the company was not in the “mood of selling the business.” Those comments backed ones from earlier this year when Hoettges said DT had no plans to sell T-Mobile US through at least the still ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. The decision comes...
NAB: FCC Repack Deadline Likely Unachievable (11/18/2016) - [Source: Radio Magazine] The National Association of Broadcasters says the FCC likely won’t be able to fit its TV station post-auction repack plan into its 39-month deadline for doing so. It also urges the commission to reject cable operators’ argument that TV stations temporarily sharing channels should not get must-carry/retrans rights. It also said wireless...
Wheeler: We’ve ‘had no conversations’ with Trump’s team (11/17/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …Among other items, the FCC scratched a vote on proposed revisions for a regulatory framework for Business Data Services (BDS)…The move was a swift response to a request from Republican leaders that the FCC focus on the ongoing incentive auction and shelve potentially contentious issues during the transition in the White House....
An Update on the DTV Spectrum Reorganization (11/17/2016) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] While there is plenty of talk about disruptive technologies — the SDI-to-IP migration, for instance — that transition pales in comparison to the FCC’s repack of the DTV broadcast frequency spectrum. For a TV station, what could be more disruptive than having to relocate the entire operation to a different RF...
FCC Tells Court to Reject Auction-Related Legal Challenge (11/17/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has told the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject a court challenge to its decision not to protect low-power TV (LPTV) stations from being displaced in the post-broadcast incentive auction repack of TV stations. The petition for the court to review that decision was filed by Free Access &...
Noncoms Ask FCC to Expand Repack Reimbursement Catalog (11/17/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Noncommercial broadcasters want the FCC to expand its catalog of reimbursable expenses in the post-spectrum auction repack given the special challenges of noncoms in the move of channels. In comments to the FCC, PBS, CPB and America’s Public Television Stations said they realized that the FCC’s catalog of potential expenses was...
FCC Tells Court to Reject Auction-Related Legal Challenge (11/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has told the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject a court challenge to its decision not to protect low-power TV (LPTV) stations from being displaced in the post-broadcast incentive auction repack of TV stations. The petition for the court to review that decision was filed by Free Access &...
Republicans Tell FCC Chairman to Quit Making New Rules (11/16/2016) - [Source: SoloNews] Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urging him to freeze the regulatory process during the presidential transition and focus on the TV spectrum incentive auction, now in its third phase. It is one...
FCC Mustn’t Delay Post-Auction Transition, Carriers Say (11/16/2016) - [Source: Law360] Broadcasters are trying to get in the way of wireless use of spectrum after the broadcast incentive auction, the Competitive Carriers Association has told the Federal Communications Commission, saying the agency should stick to a 39-month deadline to clear the airwaves. Spectrum is key for the wireless industry, but broadcasters seem to be...
FCC Tells Court to Reject Auction-Related Legal Challenge (11/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has told the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject a court challenge to its decision not to protect low-power TV (LPTV) stations from being displaced in the post-broadcast incentive auction repack of TV stations… The FCC says it is settled that the statute creating the auction and repack did...
FCC takes BDS proposal off November agenda as presidential transition ramps (11/16/2016) - [Source: Fierce Telecom] …“The successful completion of the auction will provide needed spectrum to meet Americans’ wireless broadband needs and ensure that Americans continue to enjoy the local news and national programming broadcasters provide,” the congressmen [Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.)] wrote. “We strongly urge you to concentrate the Commission’s attention and resources...
FCC scratches scheduled votes after GOP urges narrower focus (11/16/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …Fred Upton (R-Mich.)… and Greg Walden (R-Ore.)… jointly submitted a letter (PDF) to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the auction of 600 MHz airwaves should be the Commission’s top priority for the next 10 weeks. “The successful completion of the auction will provide needed spectrum to meet Americans’ wireless broadband needs and ensure that Americans...
NAB: FCC Repack Deadline Likely Unachievable (11/16/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The National Association of Broadcasters is weary of the FCC’s 39-month deadline for the post-auction repack. The organization filed replay comments to the FCC on the repack in which it says the 39-month deadline “reflects unduly optimistic assumptions.” The comments also push for temporary channel sharing stations to receive must-carry/retrans rights.
Lawmakers To FCC: Hold Off On Controversial Issues (11/16/2016) - [Source: Radio Ink] …Upton and Walden write, “We strongly urge you to concentrate the commission’s attention and resources only on matters that require action under the law and efforts to foster the success of the broadcast incentive auction.” In O’Rielly’s statement, he says that Martin “wisely heeded the will of Congress in setting aside any...
GOP tells FCC to just stop what it’s doing until Trump is inaugurated (11/16/2016) - [Source: Ars Technica] …US Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.)… urged the commission to focus on an ongoing spectrum auction that will shift airwaves from TV broadcasters to wireless carriers… “We strongly urge you to concentrate the Commission’s attention and resources only on matters that require action under the law and efforts to foster the...
Stage Three of FCC Reverse Auction Reaches Midpoint (11/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] During all the sturm und drang over Donald Trump’s stunning presidential upset and calls from Republicans for the FCC chairman to ramp down his agenda, one thing they were not looking to preempt or delay was the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. While the political world was shifting on its axis, the...
Set-top reform ‘95% dead’ at FCC with Trump taking office, analyst says (11/16/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] …House Republicans have asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler not to move forward with any “complex and controversial items that the new Congress and Administration will have an interest in reviewing.” Wheeler has been asked to keep his focus on completing the incentive auction…
Republicans urge FCC to focus on incentive auction (11/16/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Republican congressional leaders urged the FCC to focus on the ongoing incentive auction and ease up on “controversial” issues during the transition to a Trump administration. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who serves as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee,...
AT&T will start throttling mobile video streams — here’s why (11/16/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Business Insider] Will McKitterick, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence… has compiled a detailed report on wireless carriers that examines how the wireless industry has fundamentally changed… It also looks at the factors underpinning changes in the broader wireless industry and the challenges carriers face in 2016 and beyond, including the upcoming spectrum...
NAB’s Smith: Broadcasters Remain ‘Just the Facts’ Outlets (11/15/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …NAB has asked the FCC to act on its petition to roll out the ATSC 3.0 standard in tandem with the post-incentive auction repack while continuing to simulcast in the current standard (ATSC 3.0 is not compatible with current sets), but the commission has yet to act… NAB is keenly interested in...
Congressional Repubs Call On FCC To Halt Major Actions (11/15/2016) - [Source: Law360] Hill Republicans on Tuesday asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to stop all action on complex or controversial issues during the transition to a new president, saying that Democrats requested the same after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan...
CCA Urges FCC to Stick With 39-Month Repack Timeline (11/15/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Competitive Carriers Association wants the FCC to stick to its 39-month post spectrum auction TV station repack plan. Broadcasters have urged the FCC to be flexible about that deadline, arguing it may not be enough time for some stations to make the transition in what will be a complicated daisy chain...
Republicans urge FCC chair to avoid ‘controversial items’ (11/15/2016) - [Source: The Hill] Republican lawmakers… noted that Wheeler’s focus should be on ensuring “a successful broadcast incentive auction,” an initiative to encourage interested airwave license holders to sell their rights to other parties who want to transmit. A statement from FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai praised the letters from Thune, Upton and Walden. Commissioner Mike O’Rielly also urged...
House GOP Leaders Ask FCC To Hold Off Voting On Controversial Issues Until New Adminstration Takes Over (11/15/2016) - [Source: All Access Music Group] In a letter to FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER sent TODAY (11/15), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman FRED UPTON (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman GREG WALDEN (R-OR) asked that the Commission hold off on votes on controversial items until the new administration is in place. UPTON and WALDEN...
NAB’s Gordon Smith Talks News, Cross-Ownership, Spectrum Auction At Media Institute Luncheon (11/15/2016) - [Source: All Access Music Group] …On the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, SMITH called for “a successful conclusion of the auction” and added, “We must ensure that no viewer is left in the dark because a station is forced off the air or left to foot the bill for expenses that Congress did not intend and...
U S House of Representatives Committee on Energy : Upton & Walden Urge FCC Regulatory Freeze (11/15/2016) - [Source: 4-Traders] Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding possible FCC decisions during the presidential transition. Upton and Walden write: The most important challenge for the Commission over the next ten weeks...
Hill GOP Leaders Officially Ask Wheeler to Ramp It Down (11/15/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] The chairs of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Communications Subcommittee have officially asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler not to consider “complex and controversial items that the new Congress and Administration will have an interest in reviewing,” asking him to focus instead on completing the incentive auction. Chief among those are...
GOP Lawmakers Urge FCC Regulatory Freeze (11/15/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urging him to freeze the regulatory process during the presidential transition and focus on the TV spectrum incentive auction, now in its third phase. “The...
Gordon Smith Speech at Media Institute Luncheon (11/15/2016) - [Source: NAB] …Also on the horizon is the conclusion of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction.We eagerly await the final stages of the auction to learn how many broadcasters will have to move their channels to make room for wireless carriers, and what resources will be needed to complete these relocations. We hope for a successful...
GatesAir wants U.S. manufacturers to get preferential treatment during 600 MHz auction repack (11/15/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] When the FCC’s incentive auction concludes and $1.75 billion in repack assistance funds go up for grabs, GatesAir wants U.S. tower and antenna manufacturers to get first dibs. In an FCC filing, GatesAir asked that the FCC adopt specific guidelines giving preference to U.S. manufacturers and service providers, citing the 1933 Buy...
Wireless likely to consolidate following incentive auction, but the Trump question looms (11/10/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Analysts have speculated for months that the wireless industry is likely to consolidate following the conclusion of the ongoing incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves. And that speculation has heated up with the election of Donald Trump. The FCC’s auction is in the midst of a third stage after Stage 2 ended...
T-Mobile predicts little increase in network capex despite increasing data usage (11/10/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] “We’ve got a significant amount of dollars that are rolling year to year into different purposes,” CFO Braxton Carter said. “At the end of this (incentive) auction we’ll pivot dollars to the 600 (MHz spectrum) and it’s a rolling investment, but we don’t see any significant increase in capex on the horizon....
A healthy year for local television, despite uncertainties (11/10/2016) - [Source: MediaLife Magazine] Does [the BIA/Kelsey] report take into account the potential impact of the FCC spectrum auction? What sort of impact do you [senior vice president / chief economist Mark Fratrik] see that having? Yes, it does. After the auction is over, there will be fewer local television stations and the remaining ones will be stronger....
Here’s what a Clinton or Trump presidential victory means for tech regulation (11/8/2016) - [Source: Recode] …There’s a lot going on in the spectrum department right now. The new administration is likely to inherit the 600 MHz auction — both its final rounds and its implementation. It’s a complex undertaking. Hot on the heels of that is the re-auctioning of Dish’s AWS licenses. The 3.5 GHz “shared spectrum” (CBRS)...
Broadcasters Ask FCC To Modify Post-Incentive Auction Repacking Plan (11/7/2016) - [Source: Lexology] Comments filed Monday by broadcasters on the FCC’s plan to implement a phased-in approach to the repacking of television stations that opt to remain on the air in the wake of the incentive auction are urging modifications to that plan to incorporate flexibility.  As broadcasters reiterated their criticism of the FCC’s 39-month deadline...
Why I Joined the NWSA (11/7/2016) - [Source: Radio World] The NWSA is a relatively new organization devoted to offering national assessment and certification programs for tower workers, filling a long time need in the wireless industry… This is particularly important as we contemplate the completion of the incentive auction and the start of the spectrum repack. The sheer volume of tall...
2016 FCC Regulatory Fees Due By September 27, 2016 (11/7/2016) - [Source: The National Law Review] The FCC has announced a deadline of 11:59 PM on September 27 for receipt of its Fiscal Year 2016 annual regulatory fees. Fees are owed on all authorizations held as of October 1, 2015 but must be paid by the current holder… This year, the FCC warned television licensees that...
Third Time’s the Charm: FCC Tries to Price Broadcast Bandwidth for Mobile (11/3/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] The FCC is once again trying to set a price for the 600 MHz broadcast spectrum that it wants to auction for mobile usage. The agency has once again started a reverse auction for 108 MHz of spectrum, which would translate to 80 MHz of usable bandwidth for service providers, where the...
Pubcasters ask FCC for more time to handle post-auction repacking (11/3/2016) - [Source: Current] National public broadcasting organizations have asked the FCC to recognize the special challenges that government licensees and stations with translators could face as they try to meet deadlines following the broadcast spectrum auction now underway. TV broadcasters could need to shift their channels, known as repacking, after the auction. Stations with translators would...
FCC on third attempt to unleash low-band 5G spectrum (11/2/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission this week began stage three of its now protracted 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings, with a new bout of reverse auction bidding looking to free up spectrum from television broadcasters. The first two rounds of the proceedings failed to find a money match between what those broadcasters...
NAB says FCC’s repacking timeline too ‘inflexible’ for broadcasters (11/2/2016) - [Source: Fierce Telecom] The FCC’s 39-month timeline for repacking spectrum after the incentive auction ends is “arbitrary and inflexible” and may force some broadcasters off the air before they can move to other channels, the National Association of Broadcasters said. The commission maintains that its schedule provides ample time to reshuffle TV broadcasters’ 600 MHz...
Nexstar, Gray, others urge FCC to terminate anti-collusion rules for stations (11/2/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] …The comments from the broadcasters in the group, which came in amid myriad other comments from interested parties including the NAB, CTIA and wireless operators including T-Mobile, arrived just as the FCC today kicked off Stage 3 of the incentive auction, with the spectrum clearing target adjusted to 108 MHz.
Charter tells FCC it aims ‘to be a key part’ of the wireless market (11/2/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Charter Communications said the FCC’s move to free up high-frequency spectrum will allow it “to be a key part” of the growth of wireless communications… Unlike its rival Comcast, Charter opted not to participate in the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum. Comcast put down a $1.8 billion deposit for the auction,...
Cable Group Opposes Temporary Channel Assignments (11/1/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Internet & Television Association (NCTA), a trade association for cable and internet providers, wrote Monday in support of the Federal Communication Commission’s tentative plan to forego temporary channel assignments during the transition period following an incentive auction to convert broadcast spectrum to wireless service use. The FCC floated the idea of temporary...
Broadcasters Want More Transition Time After FCC Auction (10/31/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to move TV stations after the broadcast incentive auction is promising but the agency is too committed to a 39-month window for the switch, the National Association of Broadcasters has told the FCC, calling the time frame “arbitrary and inflexible.” The NAB said in comments posted publicly Monday...
Comcast 10-Q Hints At Spectrum Auction Bid (10/31/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] …Based on the size of the deposit, several analysts determined that Comcast could bid for roughly 30 Megahertz of wireless spectrum. That is higher than previous estimates that Comcast would bid for between 10 MHz and 20 MHz of spectrum. AT&T and T-Mobile also made deposits $2.4 billion and $2.2 billion, respectively,...
NAB calls FCC’s 39-month repacking timeline ‘arbitrary and inflexible’ (10/31/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The FCC’s 39-month timeline for repacking the spectrum of broadcast TV stations after the incentive auction ends is “arbitrary and inflexible,” according to a filing from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and should be altered. The commission maintains that its schedule provides ample time to reshuffle TV broadcasters’ 600 MHz spectrum...
NAB criticizes FCC’s 39-month auction repack window, says it will ‘create inefficiencies’ (10/31/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] In a letter to the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters again offered criticism of the “arbitrary” 39-month incentive auction repack timeline for broadcasters changing channels. “The Commission’s continued insistence that the transition can be completed in 39 months has painted the Commission into a succession of unnecessary corners that ultimately threaten...
NAB: FCC’s Phased Approach to Repack Is Reasonable (10/31/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters says it is OK with the FCC’s phased approach to transitioning TV stations to new channels after the incentive auction, calling it a reasonable approach to spreading out the work required and trying to avoid bottlenecks in the supply chain for a daisy chain of station...
Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Updates to Catalog of Reimbursement… (10/28/2016) - [Source: Federal Register] …In order to disburse money from the $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund in accordance with the Spectrum Act and the Incentive Auction Report and Order, the Media Bureau seeks comment on changes to the Catalog, which include: Increases to the baseline costs previously proposed, the addition of new categories of reimbursement...
The Repack’s Impact on Reception (10/28/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] …People are starting to realize the incentive auction and repack will impact viewers’ TV reception. This month I’ll explain the impact of the incentive auction, channel sharing and the repack on over-the-air TV reception. Stations may sell their spectrum and go away, meaning the programming they carried may no longer be available....
Post-auction business strategies could make public TV truly independent (10/27/2016) - [Source: Current] The second stage of the FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction closed Oct. 19 after a single two-hour round. Tepid bidding by wireless carriers for UHF television spectrum again called into question the rationale behind the Spectrum Act of 2012, which authorized the auction. The demand for UHF spectrum by the wireless industry was not the...
OTA proposes transitional channel sharing to speed post-auction transition (10/27/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] OTA Broadcasting has suggested the FCC allow for voluntary transitional channel sharing to allow broadcasters to vacate their channels faster following the conclusion of the incentive auctions. In an FCC filing, the independent station owner said channel sharing would allow broadcasters to jump out of their pre-auction channels at “any point in...
A Telecom/Broadband/TV/Wireless/(and now) Entertainment Behemoth: AT&T Buys Time Warner (10/26/2016) - [Source: Benton] …AT&T may no longer be looking to spend much in the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum now that it has agreed to fork over $85 billion to acquire Time Warner. And that would likely mean that the auction won’t raise nearly as much money as had been expected. Interestingly, the merger announcement...
SBE Chapter 54 Presents Day of Learning (10/26/2016) - [Source: Radio World] The Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 54, based in Hampton Roads, Va., will host a Day of Learning on Nov. 10… Television broadcasters in attendance are offered sessions covering “FCC Repack Update;” “Facility Choices for Repack;” and “DTV Repack Panel Discussion — Repack Logistics…”
NAB’s Weller Named to NTIA Spectrum Management Committee (10/26/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Robert Weller, VP for spectrum policy at the National Association of Broadcasters, was one of 30 people tapped to advise the Obama Administration’s top telecom advisory arm… Broadcasters and the government are in the midst of a major spectrum management project as they prepare for a post-incentive auction repack of TV...
Comcast (CMCSA) Meets Q3 Earnings Tops Revenues, Shares Up (10/26/2016) - [Source: NASDAQ] …Comcast’s decision to venture into the U.S. wireless space bodes well with its diversified business model. The company is also participating in the ongoing 600 MHz wireless spectrum auction in the U.S. Comcast’s Cable business is doing well and the NBC Universal segment is also witnessing significant improvement. Recently, NBC Universal purchased DreamWorks...
Third time lucky? FCC to re-start 600MHz auction on 1 November (10/26/2016) - [Source: Telegeography] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that bidding for Stage Three of the 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) will commence on 1 November. The so-called ‘Reverse Auction’ will begin with a single, four-hour round that day and then proceed for three days with two, two-hour rounds. If required, the...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction stage three set to begin Nov. 1 (10/25/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s third attempt to match television broadcaster financial demands with telecom industry willingness to pay for 600 MHz spectrum licenses is set to begin on Nov. 1. The FCC said it would begin stage three of reverse auction bidding with plans to clear 108 megahertz of total spectrum...
FCC sets 108 MHz clearing target for Stage 3 (10/25/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The FCC set a clearing target of 108 MHz in the incentive auction as it prepares to return to TV broadcasters next week to once again determine how much it will cost to free up their airwaves for wireless users. Bidding will start in the reverse auction portion of Stage 3 of...
FCC Seeks 108 MHz In Reduced Spectrum Incentive Auction (10/25/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission has scheduled a third stage of bidding to reallocate low-band broadcast spectrum to wireless broadband providers beginning Nov. 1, seeking to auction 108 MHz of spectrum after two previous rounds fell short of their more ambitious targets. The FCC announced the third stage