Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:14:08 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com>
Subject: Spectrum Auction: TV's New Exit Price Plummets to $10B
By John Eggerton
TV broadcasters in stage 4 of the reverse portion of the FCC's
incentive auction have set a new price for clearing off their TV
That is a huge drop from the previous round and sounds like a number
wireless operators might be able to love, or at least meet, so long as
the average price in the top markets also meets the second prong for
closing the auction successfully. It is a far cry from the $86 billion
broadcaster asking price when the auction began, though that was for
much more spectrum. One low-power TV advocate called it a "fire sale."
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:12:24 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: WGBH, WLVI reap huge windfall in sale of broadcast spectrum
WGBH and Channel 7 owner Ed Ansin are among eight Boston-area
broadcasters receiving multimillion-dollar windfalls from a
government-brokered auction of nearly 1,000 broadcast frequencies
sought by wireless carriers, the Federal Communications Commission
WGBH, the public media organization, will receive $218.7 million in
exchange for moving the over-the-air signals of its WGBH and WGBY
stations from frequencies on the UHF band to the VHF band. The two
stations broadcast from Boston and Springfield respectively.
***** Moderator's Note *****
Leaving aside for the moment the way "PBS" is conducting a
social-media PR campaign to get more money from our tax dollars and
crying "poor me" at every turn, the most interesting part of the story
is in the last paragraph:
The FCC auction has been years in the making and yielded a bonanza
for the 175 station owners that participated nationwide, and for the
federal government itself. Wireless companies, which are hungry for
additional spectrum to serve fast-growing mobile networks, are
paying $19.8 billion for the broadcast frequencies. The station
owners will get a little more than half of that while another $7.3
billion will be used to reduce the federal budget deficit.
It's true that this wholesale giveaway of what used to be "public"
airwaves has been years in the making: exactly as many years as it
took to get a kleptocracy in place in Washington DC. Not only were the
media moguls of the television world allowed to sell the airspace
which was assigned to them as a public trust, but they were GIVEN
extra channels to sell so as to assure that they would tread
ever-so-lightly on the rape of my country which is now in progress.
As for Uncle Sam's take of 7,300,000,000 dollars being used to "reduce
the federal budget deficit": that's a bold-faced lie. It will be used
to buy more shiny things for the admirals and generals to play with,
as they explain away the deaths of working-class men like me and order
another shaken-but-not-stirred martini - while inventing new war
stories at the corporate retreats of the same defense contractors whom
are lining up to have their turn at the newly gold-plated defense trough.
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:41:31 -0400
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: I'm looking for an used Verizon-capable cell phone
I've been using a Samsung Galaxy SCH-I405 on Verizon's network for the
last couple of years: it was a gift from my brother (Thanks, Tom!).
This morning, I picked my trousers up of the bureau, and heard the
dreaded "thunk" of the Samsung hitting the floor. It's broken.
If you have a Verizon phone you're not using, please consider passing
it along to me: I no longer have a landline, but I still have a job,
so it would help a lot. I'm sorry: the IRS took all my money, and I'm
going to have to learn to really like oatmeal for a couple of months,
so I can't pay you.
Thanks in advance.
(Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2017 02:00:26 +0000 (UTC)
From: email@example.com (Garrett Wollman)
Subject: Re: WGBH, WLVI reap huge windfall in sale of broadcast
In article <9D22ACE8-E6DF-4504-809F-FF702C72098F@roscom.com>, Our
Moderator evinced his misunderstanding of the broadcast television
>Leaving aside for the moment the way "PBS" is conducting a
>social-media PR campaign to get more money from our tax dollars and
>crying "poor me" at every turn
You are evidently confused about the structure of public broadcasting
in the United States. PBS is a cooperative, wholly dependent on
membership dues and outside funding for its continued existence. The
fact that one of its members received a windfall (which was not by any
means guaranteed) has no impact on the fiscal situation of the
cooperative, any more than your local credit union would suddenly
quadruple its dividend rate on deposits because one of its members won
the lottery. Some of that outside funding comes from the government,
through two mechanisms:
1) CPB and some state governments give money to stations in (mainly)
rural communities to help them pay their membership dues, rent, power
bills, staff salaries, and general operating expenses. This money
comes with significant strings attached, most importantly it requires
that the recipients raise a significant fraction of their needs from
individual (small-dollar, non-foundation) donations.
2) CPB, NEA, NEH, NSF, DOE, and numerous private donors and
foundations give money to program producers to allow them the
financial stability to make the up-front investments in program
production necessary to get shows close enough to completion that a
program distributor will be able to distribute them to stations.
>It's true that this wholesale giveaway of what used to be "public"
>airwaves has been years in the making: exactly as many years as it
>took to get a kleptocracy in place in Washington DC. Not only were the
>media moguls of the television world allowed to sell the airspace
>which was assigned to them as a public trust, but they were GIVEN
>extra channels to sell so as to assure that they would tread
>ever-so-lightly on the rape of my country which is now in progress.
Where exactly did you pick up this particular load of horse-hockey?
Nobody was "GIVEN extra channels". They had to win an auction for
them, or buy them from the previous licensee, as one does. One
television license, one 6-MHz chunk of spectrum (that can only be used
for television broadcasting). Now the government has facilitated an
auction for the wireless industry to buy some of those channels from
the existing television licensees, for which it will pocket a fairly
substantial brokerage fee.
Garrett A. Wollman | "Act to avoid constraining the future; if you can,
firstname.lastname@example.org| act to remove constraint from the future. This is
Opinions not shared by| a thing you can do, are able to do, to do together."
my employers. | - Graydon Saunders, _A Succession of Bad Days_ (2015)
End of telecom Digest Sun, 16 Apr 2017