5 October

NETA Conference Presentation – The Case for Keeping Your Spectrum

On Wednesday October 7, 2015, John Lawson will be presenting at the NETA Online conference in Tampa, FL. Former CPB COO, Vinnie Curren will be co-presenting. http://www.netaonline.org/1015/SessionPlaylist.htm#WEDNESDAY_GENERAL Lawson and Curren will be exploring the case for retaining spectrum rather than opting to participate in the upcoming FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction. The full session description is […]

18 August

Minority, Public TV Viewers Most Threatened in FCC Auction

Minority, Public TV Viewers Most Threatened in FCC Auction

The news last week that Sesame Street is migrating from PBS to HBO is not the only indicator this summer that the economic divide may be widening for the American viewing public. Audience data indicates that two segments of the U.S. population will be hit especially hard by the upcoming FCC auction to sell off […]

14 November

To Sell or Not to Sell?

Current published my article on the pros and cons of selling your TV license back to the FCC in their upcoming incentive auction. The postponement of the auction until 2016 at the earliest allows everyone in public media a chance to evaluate their role within their own communities and weigh the difficult decision of whether […]

17 July

Swiss-cheese holes in Universal Service

Today, Doug Halonen wrote a piece for Current, that highlighted the potential impact that the FCC Spectrum Incentive auction could have on public television’s Universal Service. His report comes following a new CPB white paper  that was commissioned in April 2013 to provide background and a policy framework for local public media about how and […]

25 February

The Value of Public Service

Current published my op-ed piece titled “In spectrum auction decisions, weigh the value of public service” which addresses the principle that public broadcasting has never been about dollars and cents. Follow this link to read the piece. Value of Public Service