Arizona Broadcasters Association

The Wrap - 3/30/18 - Potential new pirate fines, re-pack impact and more

Friday, March 30, 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous

Technologists team for Next-Gen TV Model Market 

Broadcasters in Phoenix are working together to make next-generation television a reality in one of the nation’s most important over-the-air TV markets. Preparations are now underway with the first broadcast equipment suppliers who are providing equipment that will soon bring next-generation TV powered by ATSC 3.0 to the Phoenix market.

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Congress Shows Support For $2 Million Pirate Radio Fines

Bipartisan support for a proposal to raise the maximum fine for pirate radio to as much as $2 million emerged in the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on Thursday. During a discussion into the proposed Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement or “PIRATE” Act, which is being circulated among members, lawmakers agreed the current fines have come up short in the effort to go after pirate radio operators.

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Broadcaster Access to Disaster Areas Becomes the Law of the Land

Monday’s enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (feel free to read it, it’s only 2,232 pages) was welcomed by broadcasters. If you’ve been following the trade press, you’ll know that’s largely because it not only added a billion dollars to the FCC’s fund for reimbursing broadcasters displaced by the spectrum repack, but for the first time made FM, LPTV and TV Translator stations eligible for repack reimbursement funds.

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Washington Wakes Up To TV Repack’s Impact On Radio

“Innocent bystanders.” That’s how the National Association of Broadcasters describes the estimated 631 radio stations facing forced silent periods—or even the potential loss of their tower sites—amid the looming television spectrum repack. Unlike TV stations, which pocketed $10.1 billion for agreeing to change channels or sign-off for good, radio is facing lost listeners and advertising revenue with nothing but the expense of building an auxiliary antenna site in its future.

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FCC Four To Appear At 2018 NAB Show

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Michael O’Rielly, Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel have been confirmed as participants in four separate sessions scheduled for the 2018 NAB Show, which begins April 7 in Las Vegas.

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