The ABA’s mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here’s the part where we educate. Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember – we share stories all week long on our social media channels.
Speculation grows over Trump FCC pick – The Hill
President Trump must fill two vacant seats on the Federal Communications Commission, an important decision that could set the tone for his administration’s policies on tech companies. The FCC currently has two Republicans, Pai and Commissioner Mike O’Rielly, and one Democrat, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. For the two open spots, Trump must tap a Republican and a Democrat.
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Finally Ended This Week – Broadcasting and Cable
The end is coming this week for the broadcast incentive auction. The reverse auction (broadcaster portion of the auction) has been over since Jan. 18, but the assignment-phase auction for forward auction bidders closed Thursday. In mid-April, the commission will release a public notice identifying the winning bidders in both reverse and forward auctions.
President Donald Trump has proposed a zeroing-out of funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but that doesn’t mean legislators don’t understand the vital importance of public media. CPB president Patricia de Stacy Harrison made an appearance on Capitol Hill and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said “We’ll have some tough choices, I think you make your case very well.”
North America: Non-pay TV homes to double – Advanced Television
The number of pay-TV subs in North America [Canada and the US] will fall by 10 million from 112 million in the peak year of 2012 to 102 million in 2022 according to Digital TV Research. the number of non-pay homes will climb from 20.69 million to 41.56 million over the same period [the number of total households will increase by 11 million.