14 March

Social Science Research from the National Academies of Sciences Is a Key AWARN Resource

Social Science Research from the National Academies of Sciences Is a Key AWARN Resource

Social Science Research from the National Academies of Sciences Is a Key AWARN Resource John M. Lawson, AWARN Alliance Executive Director Creating advanced alerting is not just about engineering and bandwidth. It’s also about social science. Ultimately, the most elegant technology is only effective if people understand and respond to messages and take action to […]

14 March

Ex Parte Notice Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard

March 7, 2017 Ms. Marlene H. Dortch Secretary Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20554   Re: Ex Parte Notice: GN Docket No. 16-142, Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard   Dear Ms. Dortch: On March 6, 2017, the undersigned hosted members of the Commission’s Media Bureau at […]

2 November

AWARN Alerting: An ATSC 3.0 Business Model

By John M. Lawson TVNewsCheck, October 27, 2016 5:40 AM EDT Financial models project major upsides from broadcaster adoption of the next-generation television transmission standard, also known as ATSC 3.0. Increased revenue derives from enhancements to broadcasters’ core business, as well new services. Ironically, a new public service enabled by Next Gen TV — the […]

2 November

Post-auction business strategies could make public TV truly independent – Op Ed for Current (2nd in series)

By John Lawson | October 27, 2016 The second stage of the FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction closed Oct. 19 after a single two-hour round. Tepid bidding by wireless carriers for UHF television spectrum again called into question the rationale behind the Spectrum Act of 2012, which authorized the auction. The demand for UHF spectrum by the […]

2 November

To prosper amid coming disruptions, public television needs a post-auction agenda – Op Ed for Current

By John Lawson | October 6, 2016 (Image: Chris Campbell) The pace of technological change for broadcast television is accelerating. The coming influx of spectrum auction proceeds will be unprecedented. Public television’s ability to adapt and respond could well determine its future relevance in American society. Sales of spectrum in the FCC’s voluntary incentive auction, […]

3 March

APTS Summit 2016 – Big Wins for Public Media

APTS Summit 2016 – Big Wins for Public Media

I want to first start by sincerely congratulating the entire APTS team, not only on a successful and informative summit last week, but also for their big wins in federal funding in 2015. Without doubt, the staff at APTS (no longer the Association of Public Television Stations but newly renamed America’s Public Television Stations) worked […]

4 February

White House Earthquake Summit

White House Earthquake Summit

The White House Earthquake Resilience Summit held on February 2, 2016 focused on the imminent need for a comprehensive Earthquake Early Warning system such as ShakeAlert, to be quickly and inclusively adopted. Nowhere is this need more urgent than along the Pacific Northwest and California coastline, where the threat of a mega-thrust earthquake and devastating […]

9 December

90% Approval Rating for Smart Spectrum Summit

90% Approval Rating for Smart Spectrum Summit

Dec 8, 2015 Last month’s Smart Spectrum Summit: Broadcast/Broadband Networks for Public Safety and Other One-to-Many Data Applications drew very positive reviews from attendees, with 90% in a post-event survey rating the summit as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good.’ The key to the positive reviews was the innovative content that was presented. The first-of-its-kind event brought […]

15 June

AMS Broadcast Conference

AMS Broadcast Conference

On Friday, June 12th, John Lawson presented at the American Meteorological Society’s “43rd Conference on Broadcast Meteorology.” The AMS Broadcast Conference was held in Raleigh, NC. Co-presenting the panel with Lawson, was Greg Fishel, Chief Meteorologist at WRAL – a Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. station in Raleigh. They presented on AWARN – a broadcast based […]

29 May

AWARN at ATSC 2015 Broadcast Television Conference

Rapid progress toward development of the next-generation television broadcast platform, ATSC 3.0, was on full display on May 13th and 14th at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC. The Advanced Television Systems Committee 2015 Broadcast Television Conference was also the place to be to hear industry experts offer their insights on the future of […]