FCC Full Court Press at NAB Show

All commissioners and chairman will be in Vegas
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All four FCC commissioners along with Chairman Tom Wheeler will visit Las Vegas during the NAB Show.

First out of the blocks will be Michael O’Rielly, who will deliver opening remarks at “The FCC’s Incentive Auction: Makes Solving a Rubik’s Cube Seem Easy,” 2:30 p.m., April 13. According to the NAB, “The session will cover potential opportunities and challenges for broadcasters over the course of the next three to five years as the FCC implements the spectrum incentive auction, followed by repacking of the television band in every market.”

Next up, Commissioner Ajit Pai will open “You Down With OTT? FCC’s Wheeler: Yeah, You Know Me,” 3:30 p.m., April 13. He will also moderate the panel. “The session will address the FCC’s examination of over-the-top television services, potential regulatory approaches and how these developments could affect local television stations in the near future,” the association says.

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will be involved in the session, “Emergency Journalism Today: Broadcasters Using New Technology to Cover Boston Blizzards, California Quakes, and Everything in Between,” 2:30 p.m., April 14. “This session will showcase how local radio and television broadcasters are leveraging new technologies and expanding their presence online to provide the most reliable and timely coverage of important news events, particularly during times of emergency.”

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will provide the opening remarks for “Untwisting Regulatory Pretzels With the FCC,” 3:30 p.m., April 14. The NAB says, “Her remarks will be followed by a panel discussion among federal regulators and broadcast industry counsel who are at the forefront of shaping and interpreting laws and regulations surrounding media and technology.”

Closing out the FCC delegation’s appearance, as previously announced, Chairman Wheeler will deliver an address on April 15, 9 a.m. He “is expected to provide insight into the FCC’s policy and regulatory objectives related to broadcasting, technology and communications law.”


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