24 July

National Weather Service Enterprise Analysis Report

The National Weather Service released a report today on changes to the private weather industry and how those changes affect the NWS’s role in relevant industries.  The volatility of recent weather trends and technological innovation have brought many industries together in the name of pragmatism and efficiency, as well as a demand for more weather […]

17 July

Organizations with Alerting Authority (complete/in process)

  List of Official Alerting Authorities List of Pending Alerting Authorities  To illustrate the myriad of complex networks that must be accommodated for advanced alerting, lists of online and pending alerting authorities have been posted.  The sheer volume of nodes and soon-to-be-nodes which must be connected, indicate an overwhelming need to systemize and prioritize our […]

12 July

ATSC 3.0 Wins “Most Significant New Technology” at the TV of Tomorrow Show

At the 11th annual TV of Tomorrow Show, ATSC 3.0 was awarded the “Most Significant New Technology” award.  While not particularly surprising, the award was very gratifying because ATSC 3.0 tends to not have strong publicity even in its own industry.  Perhaps because of the exceptionally catchy name.  Regardless, it’s great to see the hard […]

10 July

Promoting Resilience and Cross-Sector Collaboration for a Sustainable Future

The US Chamber of Commerce held a seminar called “Promoting Resilience and Cross-Sector Collaboration for a Sustainable Future” which John Lawson attended.  While the name is a bit of a mouthful, the seminar hosted speakers obviously quite knowledgable in their fields and from a diverse array of institutions and perspectives.  While this isn’t your typical […]

7 July

Meeting with RAPA (Korean Radio Promotion Association)

Meeting with RAPA (Korean Radio Promotion Association)

  On June 14th, John Lawson and Fiona James, of Convergence Services, met with representatives from RAPA and other relevant stakeholders in bringing advanced emergency alerting to Korea.  After a dynamic presentation from Jerry Fritz, the RAPA delegation was shown a demonstration of the features and potential of AWARN.  Since Korea has already adopted ATSC […]

7 July

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

June 29, 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 June 27, 2017, the below listed members of the AWARN Alliance met at the Federal […]

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 […]