Urgent Action Update

SBE Legislative Update
June 21, 2010
Re: Follow-up to SBE Legislative Alert sent Friday, June 17

On Thursday, June 17, 2010, the SBE submitted an open letter to Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC, addressing our deep concern over the exclusion of the SBE from the list of those invited to attend the “FCC Broadcast Engineering Forum” scheduled for June 25. The purpose of the Forum is to discuss the technical aspects of the FCC’s plan to reclaim and reallocate 120 MHz of free broadcast television spectrum for broadband services allocated by auction; likely exchanging over-the-air television reception which is free to the public for subscription-based services similar to those offered by cellular and telecom providers.

SBE found it disturbing that the FCC would convene a “broadcast engineering forum” and not invite the singular organization that represents broadcast engineers with more than 5,500 members and a long and positive history of working with the FCC.

We are pleased to inform you that the FCC has since contacted the SBE and has invited the organization’s participation in the day-long forum. SBE has accepted the invitation. Representing the SBE will be national vice president and SBE’s representative to ATSC, Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNT, Associate General Manager, Rio Salado College Division of Public Service in Tempe, AZ; and Joseph Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, member of the SBE national Board of Directors and Vice President and Director of Engineering, Meredith Broadcast Group, Las Vegas, NV.

We look forward to Friday’s event and our opportunity to have input and review of the process first-hand. Members are encouraged to view the public portion of the meeting, scheduled from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT. Go to: http://reboot.fcc.gov/live/ to view the live portion. Questions from the Internet audience will be accepted submitted via email to broadbandoutreach@fcc.gov and via Twitter using the hashtag, #brdcstforum.

Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT
SBE President