FCC Chairman Wheeler to Address NAB  


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FCC Chairman Wheeler will speak at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas in April. Hopefully this year will go a lot more smoothly than last year when broadcasters felt they were being bullied into giving up their spectrum to the mobile carriers. There was also a popular opinion that the FCC was working alongside the government to give mobile carriers preferential treatment. However, since the AWS-3 spectrum auction has ended, it’s been reported that broadcasters are looking a little more favorably on the 2016 incentive auction. Jonathan Chaplin at New Street Research affirmed this by reporting that four large broadcasters have expressed support for the incentive auction: Fox, Ion, Tribune, and Univision.“Their participation would significantly increase the odds of the auction succeeding. In addition, it would increase the likelihood of the auction happening in early 2016,” Chaplin wrote. “Fox, Ion, Tribune and Univision expressed support for the auction in meetings with the FCC and in an ex-parte filed [a few weeks ago].” Wheeler will address the NAB on Wednesday, April 15 and is expected to provide insight into the FCC’s policy and regulatory objectives related to broadcasting, technology and communications law generally. “This is a great opportunity for NAB Show attendees to hear first-hand from the FCC Chairman on the FCC’s progress on the TV spectrum incentive auction and a host of other items currently under consideration at the Commission,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.

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