TV translators are the original form of LPTV, and with over 5,000 installations across the country, they are the single largest segment of the industry. While a few major urban market stations have larger populations than most all of the translators combined, that is not how we measure this valuable component of television serving the public interest.  The 1000's of rural communities served by TV translators, and their representatives in Congress, are a powerful force and voice for the industry.  Kent Parsons, who was honored at the 2014 National Translator Association show, led the way for the rest of us today.  


Parsons at work, in an undated photograph. (Photo: University of Utah)


Kent Parsons, TV translator pioneer, dies at 82
"Kent is considered the father of TV translators" for both commercial and noncom stations, said Phil Titus, chief engineer of KUED and KUEN in Salt Lake City in a statement. "He literally hauled tube transmitters on horseback to mountain peaks in Utah during the 1950s and '60s. The effort resulted in today's extensive television translator network in Utah and was a model for the nation."  Current.org Article

Peaks & Valleys - The Story of Kent Parsons
by Scott McQueen
Peaks and Valleys - The Story of Kent Parsons

We recommend you watch this short video, as it is an excellent primer for why both TV translators, and its suburban & urban cousin, LPTV, are a needed component of yesterday's, today's, and tomorrow's public interest communications infrastructure.   For more information about TV translators please visit:   National Translator Association

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WASTE NOT - WANT NOT
UNLESS IT CONCERNS THE INCENTIVE AUCTION



TV Technology & Charlie Rhodes keeps rolling out technical articles about the Incentive Auction which tell it like it is.  And they are the perfect back-up for what the Coalition has been saying about why the FCC needs to achieve the full 144-MHz clearing where ever they can.  You just got to read this article...   TV Technology Article

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WHO SAID THERE WAS 
A SPECTRUM CRUNCH?


Our friends over at RCR Wireless News may have uncovered "the big lie" related to the "spectrum crunch".  But heck, LPTV could have told them all about it back in 2011.  But do read this very interesting article about Verizon and their spectrum holdings and plans.  Whether Verizon is trying to game the FCC and show deflated interest in the incentive auction, or they are still digesting the AWS auction itself, this article lays it all out for you to see.  We put this on the "must read list" for anyone who is upset about the Incentive Auction.

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THEY WANT CHOICES!



"In the era of smartphones and Netflix, it's no surprise that traditional TV is losing relevance for younger viewers. But the sudden acceleration is alarming to even the most seasoned analysts."  We know, yet another article about the death of OTA broadcasting.  But this time THERE IS HOPE! 

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IS YOUR CLASSIC CHANNEL 
GREEN WITH ENVY?



FACT:  Before the DTV transition, LPTV had started to air some really cool new channels which were starting to make stations profitable.  But along comes the transition, and the primary stations cherry picked many of the best of these channels.  While this article is not about LPTV per se, it is about the programming trend we pioneered, and still can for many emerging networks which can not get on the sub-channels of the primaries.

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IS YOUR CABLE PROVIDER SEVERELY CONSTRAINED?



Some very interesting observations in this article from TheStreet.  Well worth the quick read.  New data points we had not yet heard about.

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IF IT IS HAPPENING IN TOPEKA...

 



Viewers in Topeka KS have a lot of LPTV stations and channels to choose from, and many more if the CPs are eventually all built out.  This is what each and every one of you should be doing, getting some local coverage of this new national trend "FREE TV".

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LPTV STATION IS 
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR!






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HELP US HELP YOU!
If you have not yet participated in the Coalition LPTV Legal Defense Campaign then it is your turn!  We need to keep filing comments, reply comments, and prepare for battle in the courts to protect YOUR spectrum usage rights.


WE GOT YOUR BACK LPTV!

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