The forthcoming broadcast spectrum auction represents a promising opportunity to "determine the right balance between the local broadcasting that is the cornerstone of countless communities and the mobile wireless networks that are bridging communities together," writes Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore. But the "hardest steps are yet to come," he adds. "The [Federal Communications Commission] must continue to listen to policymakers and potential auction participants and continue working to ensure the best possible outcome for the auction."
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., a former radio station owner, discusses radio-related issues in this interview, including his view on activating FM chips in smartphones. "This sort of shell game needs to stop," Walden said. "They need to turn it on. It's available. It's technologically possible. ... Every phone should have the FM chip available."
Allowing the Aereo streaming service to operate could have "much bigger consequences" for the broadcast model than some have realized, House communications subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., said during an appearance on C-SPAN. Walden also expressed sympathy for Fox's statement that it could switch to a cable model if Aereo isn't stopped. "At some point, producers of programming have to have a way to get paid or you aren't going to have programming," Walden said.
The House communications subcommittee is open to several options in its consideration of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, including a "clean" reauthorization that would keep the status quo, an expansion of the measure's provisions or a move to end the compulsory license, the panel's chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Wednesday. Broadcasters may be open to ending the license, which allows for distant signals to be imported into a market without the need for retransmission-consent negotiations, but NAB's Jane Mago said it was too soon to endorse such a proposal.
Radio station owner-turned-lawmaker U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is described as his party's "get-it-done guy," whose latest chore is to transform GOP campaign pledges into a workable style of legislating. Walden says he learned this can-do attitude from running his family's radio stations. "In a small business, you do it all, and I think that helps here," he said. "If something needs to be done, you jump in and you do it."