As we prepare for the Super Wi-Fi Summit in Miami, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, we are even more aware of the spectrum crisis we face. As the wireless Internet keeps demanding more throughput, the issues of distribution and backhaul point to the critical nature of making more spectrum available.
One way Congress and the Commission are facilitating the opportunity is to have TV stations repack their broadcasts to free up frequencies. This strategy is going to require a very dynamic market, which was described brilliantly by Rebecca Hanson of the FCC at our recent Incentives Auction three hour virtual event.
On Dec. 19, 2012, more than a dozen economists and attorneys participated in a three hour in-depth webinar discussion of the FCC's TV Incentive Auction NPRM at Pillsbury Winthrop's Washington D.C. office. The discussion focused on the legal and economic issues that the broadcasters are wrestling with. The conference kicked-off with Barlow Keener of Keener Law Group who commented on the complexity of the FCC's NPRM order. Former FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth gave the opening remarks explaining the economic significance of the NPRM to the U.S. economy who said that the FCC should take more dramatic steps to free up more spectrum. The more spectrum that is freed up, the more opportunities for innovators to move the economy forward.
The panels that followed explained the legal issues.
The first panel analyzed the rules of the reverse auction. It included Rebecca Hanson, FCC Senior Advisor; John Hane, Pillsbury Law; Brian Madden, Lerman Senter; and Marty Stern, Moderator, K&L Gates Moderator. Ms. Hanson provided a detailed explanation of the auction process for broadcasters... Read More
From The Blogs
January 15, 2013
ITEXPO: Meet the One Man Who FIRED Steve Jobs
ITEXPO in Miami, FL takes place in about two weeks and it is going to be awesome. I will be covering the show in this space and wanted to start off by saying how excited I am that John Sculley will be part of the show – keynoting StartupCamp7 – one of the most exciting events at the conference. You can learn more about the situation between Jobs and Sculley in Forbes and on Tom Keating’s blog... Read More