RF Shorts: Other Items of Interest - Oct. 15, 2009

Last week RF Report carried a story saying TV bankruptcies could be the solution to the shortage of spectrum for broadband. A Wall Street Journal columnist observed that banks taking over bankrupt TV stations might be more interested in selling the station’s spectrum than in continuing broadcasting. In Saturday's Wall Street Journal “Heard on the Street” column, Martin Peers talks about shutting down TV stations in Television's Spectral Gold Mine (requires subscription). According to Peers, station channelization should be juggled to clear spectrum for other uses.

“One of the best places to find inefficiently used spectrum is undoubtedly TV stations,” Peers said. “Shutting off stations unilaterally probably isn't practical given the public-interest arguments in favor of free broadcasting. Broadcast channels' frequencies could be grouped closer together, freeing up 130 to 180 MHz of bandwidth, or two to three times the amount that was auctioned off last year for $19 billion.”

Another interesting take on licensed spectrum versus unlicensed comes from Telecom TV, (see Big IT is pushing for more unlicensed spectrum - operators not so sure. The article looks at the competing interests of technology companies like Microsoft and Google versus telecom companies such as Verizon and AT&T. The article quotes Anoop Gupta of Microsoft saying that the nation’s television broadcasters shouldn't be concerned about interference and that telecom carriers could benefit also, as the technologies would be complement their operations as well.

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.