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FCC launches first U.S. high-band 5G spectrum auction

(Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday launched the agency’s first high-band 5G spectrum auction as it works to clear space for next-generation faster networks.

Bidding is beginning on Wednesday on spectrum in the 28 GHz band and will be followed by bidding for spectrum in the 24 GHz band. The FCC is making 1.55 gigahertz of spectrum available and the auctions will be followed by a 2019 auction of three more millimeter-wave spectrum bands — 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz.



Election Ushers In New Faces – And Gridlock – For Radio Issues.


Whether there was a blue, red or pink wave—or no wave at all—change is coming to Washington, and that’s likely to have implications for several issues close to the hearts and minds of broadcasters. It has less to do with political ideology, however. It’s simply more about which industry allies or foes will remain in the halls of Congress.

In the House, radio station owner-turned-congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) will likely turn over control of the Energy and Commerce Committee to Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ). The net impact would be that a radio veteran won’t be controlling the agenda on the Committee, which has oversight of the Federal Communications Commission. And that’s likely where broadcasters could see the most friction in the 116th Congress.



Over $3B Spent On Midterm Local TV Ads

Mark K. Miller, TV NewsCheck

The total set a new record for political ad spending on local broadcast television for any election cycle, according to TVB.
The Television Bureau of Advertising reports that total spending on political advertisements on local broadcast television in 2018 has set an all-time record for a midterm cycle, and any previous election cycle, based upon Kantar Media/CMAG’s latest figures.

“Campaigns, PACs and other entities spent over $3 billion dollars on local broadcast television advertising in the 2018 midterm cycle,” said TVB President-CEO Steve Lanzano. “There is no doubt that local broadcast TV delivers for political campaigns. Candidates continue to derive tangible, winning results from local broadcast television. Tuesday’s dominant reliance on TV, over all other media platforms, demonstrates that voters rely on local broadcast TV to inform their voting decisions.”



Pai Plans to Remain FCC Chair For ‘Foreseeable Future’

House midterm switch would turn up heat on deregulatory chairman
John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable

WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has told Multichannel News that the chairman, who took over the post in January 2017, “plans to lead the FCC for the foreseeable future.”

Pai — a Republican appointed to the commission by President Barack Obama in 2012, then named chair by President Donald Trump — was asked after the FCC’s Oct. 23 public meeting whether he planned to remain in that post if the Democrats took over the House in the midterm elections, as many are predicting.



FEMA Map of PEP Stations

A nationwide FEMA map of PEP stations (from Indiana University)