SEO President, Greg Herman talks about the spectrum repack, spectrum evaluation, and other spectrum issues with Broadcast Engineering.

http://broadcastengineering.com/shows/nab-2013-coverage-greg-herman-interview

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Reply Comments of SpectrumEvolution, Inc. In the Matter of Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum through Incentive Auctions

SpectrumEvolution, Inc. (“SEI”) filed initial comments in this proceeding, highlighting the likely disastrous fate of low power television (“LPTV”) stations if the Commission does not focus more attention on preserving LPTV in this proceeding, as well as the slowing of broadband deployment resulting from the Commission’s reluctance to allow television broadcasters to implement advanced technologies and develop hybrid broadcast/broadband services. Nothing in the initial comments in this proceeding has undermined...

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Comments – Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions

SpectrumEvolution, Inc. (“SEI”) is dedicated to the exploration of new technologies to allow all TV broadcasters, full power, Class A, and low power (“LPTV”) alike, together with TV translator stations, to participate in implementation of the National Broadband Plan through flexible spectrum usage that permits both broadcasting and broadband to be provided over a single TV channel. The Commission has recognized the value of LPTV stations as a source of diversity, encouraging entry into the broadcasting business by small...

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Request 1: Affirmatively authorize the use of Alternate Modulation Schemes, by existing Broadcast Licensees, on a non-interfering basis to enable broadband services.

There is ample rationale to support allowing incumbent licensees, particularly Class A and LPTV stations, since they are effectively barred from access to MVPD providers and thus the majority of Television viewers, to deploy broadband modulation schemes on their existing spectrum, allowing them to provide high speed wireless internet services to the communities they serve. Granting this flexibility would significantly enhance the ability for these licensees to raise capital, to deploy local and regional broadband services and would provide...

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Request 2: Do not impede incumbent Broadcast Licensees from delivering on the promise of the Broadband Plan

The Broadcast Television band has already been reduced twice. First by removing channels 70-83 and more recently the removal of channels 52-69. In essence, the broadcast industry has already surrendered a significant amount of spectrum for other uses, much of which has not yet been constructed or put into use. Further, full power TV stations have only recently completed their transition to DTV operations while LPTV and Translator stations are still in the process of transitioning to digital. These licensees should be given an appropriate...

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Request 3: Preserve and Protect all LPTV Pending Applications, Construction Permits, and Licensees regardless of market size, in any Voluntary Broadcast Spectrum Auction.

SEC. 6403. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INCENTIVE AUCTION OF BROADCAST TV SPECTRUM explicity states: (5) LOW-POWER TELEVISION USAGES RIGHTS – Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to alter the spectrum usage rights of low-power television stations. SEO believes that LPTV Licensees remain Secondary only to new Full Power Television stations.  Confiscation of this spectrum for an Auction which will be dominated by massive wireless companies is unaceptable.  The rights and opportunities for incumbent Licenesees must be Preserved and...

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