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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]