July 17, 2018

Louis Libin Tapped to be New Executive Director at ATBA

Washington, DC / December 16, 2013 — The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA) is pleased to announce the selection of Louis Libin as Executive Director.

Libin comes to the ATBA from New York, where he has been an expert advisor to television stations and equipment manufacturers in the development of advanced television and mobile strategies and implementation, both in the U.S and internationally, Experienced in television management, business and strategic development, Libin is the former director of engineering, and CTO of NBC where his responsibilities included transmission, distribution and licensing. At NBC, Libin oversaw several key initiatives including the conversion to KU, the conversion to DTV and new station expansion.

Libin has a strong background in television station operations and management that goes back over 20 years. Post-NBC, Libin served as president of Broad Comm, primarily a television station consulting company. At Broad Comm, Libin initiated successful full power and low power initiatives including the Rule Making for DTV Utah, eight station full power initiatives combined with scores of low power stations.

Libin’s experience is not limited to administration. He began his work in the technology and science side of the business studying optical electronics and High Speed Videography under Professor Harold “Doc” Edgerton at MIT, leading Libin to an industry career collecting patents relating to broadcast spectrum and new wireless technologies. Libin has been the U.S. spokesman for broadcasting systems including interactivity at the ITU in Geneva. Libin is also involved with various charitable and non-profit organizations and serves on the board of various technology companies.

“We are delighted to be bringing Louis on board at this time,” said ATBA Board Chairman Rod Payne. “We conducted a nation-wide search and we are pleased to be able to bring someone of Louis’s caliber to represent broadcasters in Washington, DC. He brings a great combination of skills and background to the ATBA, and we couldn’t be happier with our selection.”

“Washington, DC is the Capital City, and it deserves a capital level alliance to champion for all US stations, and provide them all with a voice,” said Libin. “What really attracted me to this position was the tremendous diversity of the station world and the opportunity to help bring a first-class 21st Century broadcast policy to the American citizens. The ATBA has an outstanding record of service to the broadcast community and I look forward to building on that.”

Libin said his vision for the ATBA is rooted in the belief that technological change has created possibilities that would have seemed far-fetched when the broadcast industry was in its infancy and that broadcasters of every size should be allowed to fully use the spectrum they have used for so long in serving U.S. viewers.

“We’re living in a multi-platform multi-media on-demand world,” Libin continues. “The ATBA, by protecting the diversity represented by all broadcast stations, is adjusting to that. This is all about preserving low power, translator and high power broadcast services. Broadcast television will remain the anchor no matter which direction all the new wireless technologies go. I see the ATBA expanding further the local broadcasting opportunities to best serve the public.”

Despite the rapid pace of change, Libin believes that the mission of community broadcast television remains the same. “It is about telling the story of a community and helping make that possible for our diverse local audiences. At the heart it’s about each local community telling its own story. I see the ATBA at the forefront of that effort in the U.S.”

“The Alliance has been actively working for over a year with Congressional Leadership to put forth language to protect LPTV.  Louis Libin is the perfect person to further this process as well as strengthen our relationships with the NAB, NRB, NTA and the FCC,” says ATBA Communications Director Lee Miller. “Louis Libin has all of the essential skills to further the process as well as strengthen our relationship with industry stakeholders.”

ATBA is currently advocating for preserving and promoting the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum.

“It is important that the ATBA message gets heard ‘through the noise,’ and be well funded,” says Libin. “All sizes of operators, including low-power operators, need a voice to let Washington know of the importance of the vibrant, important broadcast television industry. Television operators of all sizes play a vital role in America’s media industry today and need to be heard.”

Libin will assume the reins at the ATBA effective immediately.

ABOUT

The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance is an industry organization comprised of low power television broadcasters, translators, full power television broadcasters, networks and allied industry organizations and companies.  The goal of the Alliance is to preserve and promote the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum. Visit www.BroadcastingAlliance.org for more information and to join.

 

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For more information, contact Lee Miller, info@broadcastingalliance.org or (877) 832-3739. Louis Libin photo is available at this link:  http://broadcastingalliance.org/?attachment_id=579

DTVCast Announces Technological Innovation to Deliver Broadband Internet by Television Broadcasters

DTVCast-Logo_topSunrise, Florida – DTVCast Corporation CEO John Kyle today announced the launch of a new revolutionary product that delivers broadband Internet by television broadcasters called DTVCast REACH. This technological advancement will allow for the availability of broadband services to an estimated 14 to 24 million Americans that currently do not have access to high speed Internet connectivity in rural America.

“We’re excited to roll out the first phase of DTVCast as an available solution for ‘last mile’ broadband Internet service,” says Kyle.  “Our technology has been operational by our daily beta users for a year and in testing for over two years. Unlike many future solutions, this product works within current TV broadcast standards, wireless and wired-line infrastructures. The goal of widespread rural deployment can be reached with our solution today.”

Unlike technologies that are still many years from deployment, DTVCast takes advantage of billions of dollars in infrastructure already in place including broadcast towers, transmitters and facilities.  The DTVCast system works within the current UHF Television ATSC 1.0 broadcast standard and will be easily updated as new standards become available such as the recently announced ATSC 3.0.

The prospects for near-term broadband services in rural regions has been bleak even as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to relax funding rules for the programs that serve rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available.

According to Jeff Leslie, president of ITS Telecom in Indiantown Florida, “In the rural areas of our community that we serve as a telecom company, it is cost prohibitive to run new fiber and infrastructure to serve only a handful of homes or businesses. This technology gives us a viable solution that could be a game changer for our rural community members.”

DTVCast REACH delivers the technology to provide rapid deployment of broadband Internet services to homes and businesses located beyond current broadband system infrastructures. The expense and time of building new infrastructure to handle rural regions is no longer an issue.

“From my perspective of seeing many leading edge IP technologies deployed from my years at Cisco, this is one of the most dynamic product designs I have had the opportunity to participate in,” says Bert Garriga, Senior Vice President of Technology for DTVCast. “This broadens the reach of high speed Internet services to any one that can view a TV signal using our technology. DTVCast is uniquely situated as a technological bridge between the TV Broadcast and Telco markets – two longstanding massive communications industries which have traditionally not interacted.”

DTVCast REACH is the first product in a series of related technologies that will allow broadcast television stations to deliver Internet content as an ancillary service in addition to their traditional broadcast television channel.

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For media inquiries or interview arrangements, please contact Lee Miller at 1-877-829-2326 or lmiller@msgpr.com.  Attachments include DTVCast REACH customer premise equipment (CPE) and “How it Works” diagram.

Alliance Announces Faith-Based Outreach Taskforce

August 9, 2012 – The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (Alliance) announces the formation of the Alliance Faith-Based Outreach Taskforce co-chaired by Jamey Schmitz, President & CEO at WLMB-TV 40 and Dr. Randy Weiss, managing partner, and president of Excellence In Christian Broadcasting and EICB-TV.

Other members of the Taskforce include Dr. Glenn Plummer, WLPC-TV 40 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Christian Television Network; Annette Garcia, President and CEO of KCHF TV and Son Broadcasting;  and Grace Rendall, Vice President and General Manager at KSCE-TV.

“As new technologies are emerging, and our industry faces new threats, this unified Broadcasting Alliance is critically needed now more than ever,” according to Dr. Plummer. “What’s so wonderful about this Alliance is that it comprises broadcasters who are large & small, full & low power, black & white, Christian & non-Christian, along with Hispanics & other ethnicities. The time is NOW for The Alliance and I’m honored to be part of this fascinating group.”

“Many our programs as religious broadcasters are carried on stations that are independent or low-power,” according to Dr. Weiss. “With the current direction of legislation, these stations will be the first to disappear. This will eliminate access for many religious and minority programs.”

The Alliance is advocating a “Broadcast Overlay Plan” which would meet the growing needs of one-to-many distribution for wireless broadband as a partnering solution between broadcasters and wireless carriers. Copies of the Broadcast Overlay Presentation and Economic Report are available on the Alliance homepage at http://www.broadcastingalliance.org .

ABOUT

The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, formerly the Coalition for Free TV and Broadband, is an industry organization comprised of low power television broadcasters, translators, full power television broadcasters and allied industry organizations and companies.  The goal of the Alliance is to preserve and promote the efficient and effective use of all television broadcast spectrum. Visit www.BroadcastingAlliance.org for more information and to join.

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Coalition Asks House Committee to Revisit Overlay Plan

November 22, 2011 – With the failure of the Congressional deficit-reduction super committee to come up with a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion, the spectrum incentive auction plan now goes back to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for markup in the next few weeks. On the Senate side, SB-911 has already moved out of committee.

The Coalition for Free TV and Broadband says this is an opportune time to revisit its Broadcast Overlay Plan which would return some $200 Billion to the Federal Government for deficit reduction, far greater than the $6.8 B forecast from a spectrum auction.

Committee chairman Irwin Podhajser says lawmakers should carefully study the proposed Overlay Plan. “Instead of confiscating thousands of television stations across America, dealing with inevitable conflicts with Canada and Mexico over shared frequencies and forcing thousands of people to lose their jobs, Congress has a golden opportunity to utilize the existing television infrastructure to deliver low-cost broadband service to urban and rural areas.”

“We thank each member of the Super Committee for their work in trying to accomplish a very difficult task,” said Coalition member Jim West, President of LegacyTV. “However, this could be a silver lining. It gives us all time to wisely consider alternative means of lowering the deficit, with a progressive, technologically superior, economically-vetted plan.”

The Coalition feels its Overlay Plan would be the best solution to meet the nation’s growing broadband needs. Rather than decimating an industry, there could be great synergy in working with the nation’s wireless industry to meet the needs of people across the nation.

“From the smallest community station to the largest market broadcaster, the U.S. needs over-the-air television,” says Lee Miller, Coalition member and CEO of LufkinTV.  “The current scheme to auction off television spectrum will destroy free over-the-air television broadcasting, will kill jobs and jeopardize national security.”

About the Coalition

The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband is a group of television broadcasters, concerned organizations, and individual citizens and has formed to ensure the survival of free television and to offer solutions to the nation for better, cheaper wireless broadband utilizing the broadcast industry. More information is available at www.FreeTVandBroadband.org .

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Coalition and Sinclair Release Broadcast Overlay Report

November 15, 2011 -The Coalition for Free TV and Broadband and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI) today announced the release of the Broadcast Overlay Report, “THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF BROADCAST INNOVATION – IMPACT ON THE U.S. TREASURY.”

The Broadcast Overlay Report outlines a plan that will bring broadcast television into the future and raise more than $60 billion for the U.S. Treasury compared to a broadcast television spectrum auction that is projected to raise less than $20 billion net.  Best of all, thousands of television stations will continue to exist, and with technology innovation, will thrive with the development of a more effective, efficient and robust wireless ecosystem.  A ‘Broadcast Overlay’ utilizes high power/high tower television broadcast facilities to provide large area coverage for “point-to-multipoint” (broadcast) data/services capable of being converged with “point-to-point” (unicast) data/services provided by other wireless operators.

Rajiv Hazaray of Business Analytix stated “This first of a kind paper quantifies the superiority of a mobile-friendly ‘Broadcast Overlay’ service versus the current policy choice of spectrum re-allocation and auction. With spectrum remaining in the hands of broadcasters to address the growing demand for mobile data, they also create tremendous consumer and taxpayer value from mobile IP services. The demands of a mobile data ecosystem are too diverse to be served only by cellular networks and commercial wireless operators. Different kinds of mobile data traffic require different networks and different service models.”

In commenting about the future of broadcasting, Mark Aitken, Vice President of Advanced Technology for Sinclair Broadcast Group said, “A lot of the discussions about ‘Next Generation’ broadcast technologies bring ‘Broadcast Overlay’ architectures to the front of possibilities. A ‘Broadcast Overlay’ service that is technically compatible with commercial wireless networks would allow users to consume more data at a lower cost with a higher quality of service and bring broadcasters new revenue opportunities through new ancillary services.  Foregoing auctions of television broadcast spectrum would mean a WIN-WIN-WIN for the U.S. Treasury-consumers-broadcasters under this kind of a plan.”

The report concludes that the best way to meet the projected explosive growth in mobile IP is to allow broadcasters to use point-to-multipoint ’Broadcast Overlay’ technology to provide the most efficient possible delivery of high bandwidth data to mobile users. Simply allocating more spectrum to commercial wireless operators would do very little to address projected massive capacity shortfalls and would do even less to address Federal budget deficits.  Commercial mobile networks based on “cellular” one-to-one architectures are not designed to efficiently carry a portion of the mobile data traffic that is likely to grow the fastest.

Irwin Podhajser, the Chairman of the Coalition said, “We imagine a future where the American people have more choices, not less.  We imagine a future where consumers can get faster, better and cheaper video delivery to their computers, cell phones and tablets.  We imagine a future that wireless companies could only dream of providing, but we as broadcasters are ready to make that dream a reality.”

The U.S. Treasury would receive far less revenue from one-time auctions of reclaimed broadcast spectrum than it would from recurring ancillary service fees, if broadcasters are permitted to serve the segment of traffic that commercial mobile networks are inherently weak at delivering.

A Broadband Overlay Report based on the Techno-economic Analysis prepared by Business Analytix, Inc. is now available for download at http://www.FreeTVandBroadband.org.

About the Coalition

The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband is a group of television broadcasters, concerned organizations, and individual citizens and has formed to ensure the survival of free television and to offer solutions to the nation for better, cheaper wireless broadband utilizing the broadcast industry. More information is available at www.FreeTVandBroadband.org

About Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies, owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 65 television stations in 39 markets. Sinclair’s television group reaches approximately 24% of U.S. television households and is affiliated with all major networks. Pro forma for the Freedom transaction, Sinclair will own and operate, program or provide sales services to 73 television stations in 46 markets, reaching 26.3% of the U.S. television households. Sinclair’s television portfolio will consist of 20 FOX, 18 MNT, 13 CW, 11 ABC, 9 CBS, 1 NBC, and Azteca stations.

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Broadcasters to Host News Conference on Thursday

Broadcasters to Host News Conferene  – The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband will host news conference to unveil the Broadcaster Broadband Plan which will raise an estimated $80 billion for the U.S. Treasury by 2023 and $125 billion by 2026 through an ongoing annuity. The news conference will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10:00am in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

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Broadcasters to Release Their Broadband Plan

October 13, 2011 – The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband is endorsing a broadcaster broadband plan which will raise an estimated $80 billion for the U.S. Treasury by 2023 and $125 billion by 2026 through an ongoing annuity.  This compares to a one-time $25 billion in revenue through a spectrum auction.  The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband will release the details of the plan during a news conference to be held on Wednesday, October 19th.

“We have delivered to Congress a robust plan that continues the broadcast industry’s decades-long record of serving our local communities,” states Mark Aitken, VP of Advanced Technology for Sinclair Broadcast Group. “A ‘Broadcast Overlay’ serves multiple objectives by delivering a solution providing wireless high data-rate capacity, continues to maximize the efficient use of broadcast TV spectrum, offers the public new wireless service choices, and creates an entirely brand-new revenue stream for the U.S. Treasury.”

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the auctions authorized by Senate spectrum legislation would only net $6 billion. The Broadcasters Plan will allow for higher contributions to the Treasury than the expected auction proceeds in terms of the present value – and a continuing annuity.

Aitken continues, “The figures of $80 billion over 10 years, $125 billion over 15 years and a continuing revenue stream of more than $400 billion obviously dwarfs the amount policy-makers hope to receive from a spectrum auction — which the Congressional Budget Office scored at a meager six billion dollars — that offers no promises on how or when the spectrum would be used. Broadcasting is very much at the center of any plan for innovation.”

“There is now a clear choice for the Congress,” according to Jim West, a Coalition member and president of Legacy TV.  “They can choose a plan that will further entrench wireless monopolies, destroy thousands of jobs and television stations, decrease competition and raise only $25 billion or they can choose a plan that will eventually raise significantly more money, increase competition and choices for the American public, create jobs and will continue to offer entertainment, news and information to the public through thousands of television stations.”

The CTIA, representing the wireless industry, continues to cry for the need for more spectrum although Citigroup’s analysis suggests that spectrum crisis claims have been manufactured by the wireless and consumer electronics industries.

According to Lee Miller, communications director for The Coalition, The Broadcasters Plan will address long term spectrum requirements and offer a continued source of revenue for the Treasury. “An auction is only a short term band-aid for two hungry monsters – the wireless industry and the Federal Budget. We already know that the current plan proposed by the big wireless companies -which would destroy thousands of small local television stations – is ethically wrong and unsustainable.  Now we know that the wireless company plan is inferior.  How much farther down this road will members of Congress follow the wireless industry lobbyists?”

About the Coalition

The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband is a group of television broadcasters, concerned organizations, and individual citizens and has formed to ensure the survival of free television and to offer solutions to the nation for better, cheaper wireless broadband utilizing the broadcast industry.

More information is available at www.FreeTVandBroadband.org

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Coalition Responds to CTIA Label of “Squatters”

October 11, 2011 – In a response to an editorial in the Times of Trenton written by The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband, the president and CEO of the CTIA, Steve Largent, accuses low power television stations (LPTV) as being “squatters.”

Rod Payne who operates a church based station responded, “I am not a squatter.  I am a public service oriented broadcaster that uses the air-waves entrusted to our station(s) to provide broadcast opportunities to greatly underserved groups of the American public.  The fact that like many in this industry, I do not generate enormous revenue, but instead provide information, encouragement and dialogue that is being over-looked in a misguided attempt to generate a minuscule amount of revenue for this nation.  Allow us and countless others in our industry, to use the spectrum that has been entrusted to us in new ways and we will provide much of the populace with communication avenues the wireless industry can only dream of.”

The Coalition for Free TV and Broadband finds it funny that Mr. Largent would use the word, “squatters,” especially since two recent reports from Citigroup and Deutsche Bank have shown that the true “squatters” are the wireless companies.

The chairman of the Coalition, Irwin Podhajser said, “The wireless companies’ inability to work together and roll out advanced networks has led to the false “wireless crunch”.  Now instead of getting their house in order, they want to crush the little guys and put them out of business all for a small amount of spectrum.”

Lee Miller, communications director for the Coalition added, “Additionally, Mr. Largent talks about the money that will be raised for the Federal Treasury if the wireless companies get their way.  As broadcasters, we have a plan as well that will create jobs, raise revenue to pay down the debt, create competition, offer broadband solutions to more of the country and best of all, won’t put over 2000 local television stations out of business.”

About the Coalition

The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband is a group of television broadcasters, concerned organizations, and individual citizens and has formed to ensure the survival of free television and to offer solutions to the nation for better, cheaper wireless broadband utilizing the broadcast industry.

More information is available at www.FreeTVandBroadband.org

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Television Coalition Against Multiple Spectrum Auctions

September 29, 2011 – In published reports, CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent says they now want to have multiple auctions.  The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband, which represents hundreds of TV stations across the U.S., believes that before Congress authorizes any auction, let alone multiple auctions, it should consider the following: Spectrum Auctions will directly take away the free airwaves from the American people and place it in the hands of a few wireless monopolies. Ironically, says Coalition Public Relations Director Lee Miller, “those same monopolies, represented by the CTIA, should lose all their tax loopholes and benefits that have allowed them to avoid billions in taxes each year-including one of their biggest members paying $0 tax in 2010.”

Miller continues, “The members of CTIA are asking Congress to confiscate the free airwaves and allow them to buy it with taxpayer money they got through loopholes they spent millions lobbying the same Congress to get.  Then they will turn around and charge the American public for the privilege of using the spectrum that they paid for through their tax dollars.”

Broadcasters have a better solution that will bring in more revenue to the federal government, create more jobs, solve the broadband crunch and won’t destroy 2000 television stations.  Miller concludes, “We would be happy to debate the CTIA and the FCC Chairman on this matter any time they wish.”

About the Coalition

The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband is a group of television broadcasters, concerned organizations, and individual citizens and has formed to ensure the survival of free television and to offer solutions to the nation for better, cheaper wireless broadband utilizing the broadcast industry.

More information is available at www.FreeTVandBroadband.org

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Coalition: No Shared Channels, No Second Auction, but Collaborative Use

Coalition: No Shared Channels, No Second Auction, but Collaborative Use

In published reports, a spokesman for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) suggests that the FCC should require any broadcaster who does not give up spectrum for auction to share channels. Furthermore, the spokesman said the FCC should be given the flexibility to decide whether or not to hold a second incentive auction because the first one was “botched.” Those were among the recommendations in a report by Richard Bennett, Senior Research Fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

Bennett laid into broadcasters, saying it was a dying technology and that with only 30 million people watching over-the-air, so the existing spectrum could be greatly consolidated to a tenth of the current bandwidth.

The Coalition for Free TV and Broadband reacted sharply to the assertions that television is a dying technology. Chairman Irwin Podhajser says, “First of all, the assumption by Richard Bennett and the ITIF that broadcasting is a dying technology is absurd, especially since just a few years ago they were singing the praises of the digital television transition.  Additionally, if Mr. Bennett and the ITIF were serious about the importance of immediate availability of wireless broadband and competition in the industry, they would be fighting to allow the current holders of this spectrum (broadcasters) collaborative use so they could offer wireless broadband internet to their communities.  Maybe the ITIF is not concerned with the end consumers of broadband, but further enriching its board members.”

Coalition Board Member, Jim West, President of LegacyTV, strongly disagrees with the figure of 30 Million households watching over-the-air television. “When one considers multiple television sets in many households, some not connected to cable or satellite, the number of households using over-the-air TV is far greater. And, if we consider the future of mobile television, then free over-the-air is primed for a new renaissance.” says West.

Perhaps there is one point of agreement. The ITIF calls for another transition, perhaps migrating to MPEG-4. The Coalition is all for flex use, whether through ATSC, OFDM, MPEG-4 or other emerging technologies.

As far as multiple auctions, the Coalition favors no auctions at all, but if necessary, only one and inclusive of all broadcasters, including Class “A”, LPTV and Translators.

ABOUT The Coalition for Free TV and Broadband –

Among the beliefs of the Coalition are the following:

  • We believe that the Federal Government should not take spectrum away from free television broadcasters and give it to a few wireless monopolies.
  • We believe that if the spectrum is lost, hundreds of television stations that provide free, local, minority, and faith-based programs could go off the air.
  • We believe that if the spectrum is auctioned, all Class A, LPTV stations, and translators must be included.
  • We believe that television broadcasters have solutions that will allow them to provide free or low cost wireless internet to their communities.
  • We believe, if allowed to fully utilize their bandwidth, television broadcasters will provide a necessary alternative to traditional wireless internet providers. This competition will be good for the consumer.

Coalition for Free TV and Broadband currently has over 200 members and organizations representing thousands of broadcasters, industry vendors and allied organizations. More information is available at www.FreeTVandBroadband.org

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