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2014 Year In Review
As 2014 comes to a close, TAB wishes its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. This issue reflects on some of the most-read broadcast industry stories reported in the TABulletin this year. Our regular publication will resume on Wednesday, January 7.

No. 1
Walking among giants

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
From March 26: The names still resonate today … Ray Miller and Jack McGrew, Clint Formby and Rusty Reynolds, Ward Huey and Lady Bird Johnson. These are just a few of the leaders who helped shape Texas broadcasting into the economic and civic force it is today, each gone but still fondly remembered and admired by scores, if not hundreds, of broadcasters.
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No. 2
FCC vote starts spectrum auction process, raises questions
-Cost reimbursement, coverage areas at risk

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
From May 21: The FCC last week adopted a Report & Order to implement the incentive spectrum auction that, in part, casts doubt on whether the agency intends to comply with federal law that provides two key protections for viewers and broadcasters. At risk is a provision that ensures viewers who currently receive a particular over-the-air broadcast signal will continue to do so after the auction, and another that requires the FCC to reimburse broadcasters that choose not to join the auction for all costs related to repacking stations after the auction.
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No. 3
EAS security, compliance high priority for FCC, FEMA

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
From April 16: As the Emergency Alert System has moved into the IP realm, the system itself and overall broadcast facilities alike have become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. FCC officials admonished broadcasters attending the NAB Show last week to make every possible effort to protect the system and their stations, while FEMA officials underscored their intention to conduct more national tests.
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No. 4
FCC takes another step toward spectrum auction
-Floats LPTV, translator rule changes

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
From Oct. 22: The FCC recently proposed several rule changes to LPTV stations and TV translators as it prepares for the voluntary incentive spectrum auction, which is expected to leave some such operations stranded. Among the proposals floated by the commission:
  • Digital transition deadline
  • Post-auction displacement filing window
  • FCC repacking software for new channels
  • FM radio on TV Channel 6

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No. 5
FCC moves to expand online public, political files requirement to radio

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
From Aug. 13: The FCC recently issued a public notice seeking comments on potentially expanding the current requirement that TV broadcasters post their public and political files online to Radio stations, as well as Pay-TV services. Reacting to a petition from three Washington, D.C.-based interest groups focused on providing more transparency of political fundraising and campaign spending, the commission asked for comments by Aug. 28 and reply comments just 10 days later on Sept. 8.
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