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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #1030
                  Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
    Copyright 2010, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  NTIA'S INITIAL PLAN TO FREE-UP SPECTRUM FOR BROADBAND
  These Web addresses show how NTIA envisions freeing up large
amounts of prime spectrum for wireless broadband.  NTIA manages
the use of spectrum by Federal agencies whereas the FCC regulates
non-Federal use.  However, the two agencies are synchronizing
their efforts to pry spectrum loose.
  On June 28, 2010, President Obama issued an executive
memorandum directing NTIA, working with the FCC, to develop a plan
to make available 500 MHz of spectrum over the next ten years --
spectrum that would be suitable for fixed and mobile broadband use.
Following are the first real details on how this may come about.
  http://www.ntia.doc.gov/presentations/2010/fcba_10212010.html
  http://www.ntia.doc.gov/press/2010/SpectrumReports_11152010.html
  http://www.ntia.doc.gov/reports/2010/TenYearPlan_11152010.pdf
  http://www.ntia.doc.gov/reports/2010/FastTrackEvaluation_11152010.pdf
  http://www.ntia.doc.gov/reports/2010/SpectrumFactSheet_11152010.pdf
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  VULNERABLE TV SPECTRUM
  FCC Chairman Genachowski would like the Federal government
to pay individual TV broadcasters for relinquishing some or all
of their RF spectrum.  Fair enough.  However, the following news
article contains faint hints of the Draconian steps that may
take place if the voluntary part does not work out so well.
  Your station's EAS participation is voluntary, right?
Spectrum relinquishments may go down the same path.  It's
called mandatory voluntary.  Works like a charm.
  http://tinyurl.com/SpectrumWar
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  MORE BOGUS EAS TONES ON TV
  Find out the name of a TV program that has allegedly
"repeatedly aired episodes containing EAS bursts" over the past
few weeks.  Look for the letter entitled "EAS Tones..." at
this address:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/
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