COALITION COMMENTARY
A few of us have looked over in detail yesterday the FCC release of their simulation materials related to the auction, and we are as confused as we have ever been.  We, as taxpayers, are not getting our money's worth with these materials, and the FCC needs to step it up a lot to make this info understandable.  This is why we believe the Chairman is failing in his assignment.  He has not been able to get the basic research info out about the auction that everyone can understand.  Here are the two documents, go ahead and try to figure them out for yourself. 






IS THE CHAIRMAN SAYING THAT ONLY "BUILT AND LICENSED" LPTV AND TV TRANSLATORS WILL BE ALLOWED TO FILE FOR DISPLACEMENT CHANNELS AFTER THE AUCTION?  WHAT ABOUT THE 3500 NEW CONSTRUCTION PERMITS?

HE ALSO DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THAT LPTV STATIONS SERVE AS MANY OR MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES AND HAS MORE VIEWERS THAN TRANSLATORS.  FACTS MATTER WHEN MAKING PUBLIC POLICY. (AND NO OFFENSE TO OUR TRANSLATOR BUDDIES, THEY SERVE IN AREAS MANY LPTV DO NOT FOR SURE, BUT WHEN TALKING ABOUT RURAL AREAS, BOTH SERVICES PROVIDE FREE BROADCAST TELEVISION TO THOSE THAT NEED IT MOST.)







Announcing the Development 
of RuralConnect Gen3

Carlson announces that they have begun development on the third generation of our RuralConnect TV White Space radio, with an expected launch date of Q4 2015.


 

Using spectrum in vacant UHF TV frequencies (referred to as TV White Space), the RuralConnect signal can travel long distances around hills and through foliage to provide extended broadband connectivity to non-line-of-sight locations where traditional technology can't reach. The signal can can cover 100x the area of typical Wi-Fi technology without diminishing in strength due to environmental barriers such as walls and trees.


 

The Third generation RuralConnect radio will be capable of:

  • Connecting up to 100 clients,
  • Covering an area up to 20 kilometers in diameter from the base station,
  • Enabling an affordable community hotspot utilizing minimal infrastructure,
  • Achieving speeds up to 25 Mbps.

This technology is applicable for Municipal Community Hotspots, Wireless Internet Service Providers, Public Safety, Connected Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, and more.





AND DON'T FORGET, IN 2009, MORE THAN 3000 LPTV NEW CONSTRUCTION PERMITS WERE APPLIED FOR TO USE LPTV SPECTRUM FOR THIS EXACT SAME APPLICATION, AS A LICENSED SERVICE.  CONGRESS AND THE FCC STOPPED US FROM DOING THIS, AND WE THEN GOT THE INCENTIVE AUCTION.  DID YOU KNOW THAT LPTV HAS NO MINIMUM OPERATING REQUIREMENTS, AND THAT WE COULD DELIVER THIS TYPE OF SERVICE WITHIN OUR 6-MHZ CONTOURS, AS LONG AS WE DELIVERED AN ATSC SIGNAL A FEW MINUTES A DAY OR WEEK?  

YES, THIS IS TRUE, AND THE FCC MEDIA BUREAU VIDEO DIVISION CONFIRMED IT LAST YEAR TO US.  SO FCC, FREE UP LPTV TO DELIVER ON THE PROMISE OF RURAL CONNECTIVITY TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE RIGHT HERE IN THE GOOD OLD USA! 

TAKE OUT THOSE BROADBAND GAP MAPS AND WE CAN SHOW YOU THAT LPTV HAS CONSTRUCTION PERMITS READY TO BE BUILT OUT, IF ONLY THE FCC WOULD GIVE US PERMISSION!








This is a four-part series which we think everyone should read


READ THE FIRST ARTICLE



READ THE LAST ARTICLE


Source: TVNewsCheck. Notes: Networks supplied coverage percentages, except for those networks with asterisks (*). Those percentages came from Across Platforms consultancy.

This is part of TVNewsCheck's Annual Special Report on multicasting.

 





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