WASHINGTON, D.C.—January 12th was the deadline for television broadcasters to apply to sell their broadcast frequencies at auction. The FCC plans to buy those frequencies and resell them to wireless providers who need more bandwidth.
Womble Carlyle Telecom attorney Gregg Skall joined Minnesota Public Radio on January 13th to discuss exactly what the frequency auction means for broadcasters and TV viewers.
“There’s a lot of demand for more streaming and bandwidth requirements for mobile broadband, and the best place to get that is the television broadcast spectrum,” Skall told MPR. He said the auction could be highly profitable for TV stations, particularly as they face increased competition from cable and streaming video programming.
Gregg Skall represents broadcasters and other parties in their regulatory dealings before the Federal Communications Commission and in their commercial business dealings. He serves as Washington Counsel to several state broadcaster associations. He also works with telecommunications companies and with radio device manufacturers to obtain FCC approvals and to assure regulatory compliance. Skall is a frequent author on broadcasting and the law and is published in All Access, where his column “FCC Uncensored” is a regular feature.
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