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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]