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10/28/15 - NEW SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE -  THE HONORABLE  PAUL RYAN (R-WI)

WILL THERE BE  NEW DEAL  FOR  LPTV  & TV TRANSLATORS?

Speaker promises "regular order", which means  the FCC oversight committees will drive  post Incentive Auction, whatever happens to  LPTV and TV translators - no more backroom deals with leadership only, and any member can offer an amendment.

Speaker Ryan now represents both the interests of the entire House, as well as his District in Wisconsin.   Wisconsin has three Class A's, of which, two have opening bids totaling more than $150 million combined.  Wisconsin also has about 62 LPTV and TV translators.  Nationally, there are more than 7500 licenses and permits, so we are talking about less than 1% of them in Wisconsin.  

But heck, the new Speaker is a policy wonk and numbers guy.  He will look at anything which can bring down the deficit, and our proposed LPTV and TV translator voluntary spectrum rights buyback in 2016 and auction in 2023 does exactly that.  And now that the new Budget Deal includes a federal spectrum auction in 2023-2025, why not LPTV and translators spectrum?


Commissioner Rosenworcel's 
Senate Confirmation Hearing 
Lays Out The Next Spectrum Grab 
For Unlicensed Users


COALITION COMMENTARY
The Commissioner, in this video, shares that there in an almost endless appetite for free government spectrum to use to make bags of money with, and, oh yeah, provide needed unlicensed services.  So, just where are they going to get it?  Well the big push is for high band spectrum, but the model is there is come back and demand more spectrum from broadcasters.  But ya gotta give it up for the Commissioner, she is such a great advocate for unlicensed.  Wouldn't it be nice if she had a "public transition plan" we all could see and evaluate?

PROCESS ALERT FOR
AUCTION ELIGIBLE CLASS A's 


WORKSHOP ON REVERSE AUCTION
APPLICATION PROCESS

DA 15-1225 Released: October 28, 2015 

THE INCENTIVE AUCTION TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES DATE FOR WORKSHOP ON REVERSE AUCTION APPLICATION PROCESS 

On October 15, 2015, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau released the Auction 1000 Application Procedures Public Notice1 for the Broadcast Incentive Auction scheduled to begin on March 29, 2016.

The Auction 1000 Application Procedures Public Notice provides detailed information, instructions, and deadlines for filing applications for the reverse and forward auctions (Auctions 1001 and 1002, respectively). Additional instructions related to the electronic filing procedures for the reverse auction will be provided in a separate public notice to be released prior to November 17, 2015. 

On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Commission's Incentive Auction Task Force, in conjunction with the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus, will host a public workshop on the reverse auction application process. Specific topics to be covered include a review of the pre-auction process and guidance on how to complete and submit the Form 177, including an overview of ownership requirements, channel sharing agreements, and the red light rule. 

We remind potential auction participants that the period for filing an application to participate in the reverse portion of the Broadcast Incentive Auction will begin at noon on December 1, 2015, and close on December 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. ET. 

Applications must be submitted prior to the close of the filing period.


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Mike Gravino,  Director
LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition
202-604-0747
lptvcoalition@gmail.com