N.A.B. The Future of TV (spectrum update)

Fringe Reception

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Inside the Washington, D.C. Beltway, there is much conversation and debate over the “highest and best use” of television spectrum (those invisible airwaves that deliver your favorite shows to your TV).

Some argue that spectrum for local television isn’t as important as spectrum for wireless services. But when disaster strikes, we’re all reminded of the ability of local TV to save lives, especially when cell towers and wireless networks go down.

From the tornadoes in Moore, Okla., to Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast, survivors of these disasters, as well as mayors, governors and even Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, say local radio and television stations helped keep people safe and even saved lives.

Broadcasters take their role as first informers seriously, and now mobile television (your local TV signals sent to your smartphone or tablet) is providing a useful tool for local stations to deliver lifesaving information to their communities.

Recently, Dyle TV announced a pilot program designed to give first responders access to critical information during this year’s hurricane season. As part of this program, members of Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT) were given mobile TV receivers before June 1 – the beginning of hurricane season.

During times of crisis, when Internet service and cable systems go down and cellphone networks crash, it's local radio and TV stations that stay on air that keep citizens safe and informed.

Now through mobile TV, broadcasters have another way to share updates before, during and after a disaster.

Miami’s local broadcast station, WFLX, explained this new program for their viewers; the clip can be viewed here.
New program to help during storm season being tested - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, Florida-

Is there is a higher, or better use, of spectrum than saving lives?

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Florida first responders to tap mobile DTV for hurricane season | Mobile TV content from Broadcast Engineering

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