FCC Sets Agenda, Participants For June 25 Broadcast Spectrum Reclamation Conference

The Federal Communications Commission has released more details of its June 25 engineering conference on broadcast spectrum reclamation.
FCC chairman Julius Genachwoski had promised to get industry engineers together at the agency to talk about the technical challenges and opportunities of getting 120 MHz of spectrum back from broadcasters to give to wireless broadband.
The FCC has done that, with a lineup of execs that includes representatives from Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, NAB, Univision, and many more, as well as executives from the wireless companies who are looking to use the spectrum. For the participant list and agenda, click here.
The National Association of Broadcasters has been pushing against the plan, arguing that broadcasters need their spectrum for a future that includes broadcasting and broadband.
The conference will include four panels on: cellularization of broadcast architecture; methodologies for repacking the TV band; improvements in HVF reception; and advancements in compression technology.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.