APTS interim CEO meets with FCC officials to discuss spectrum

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The board chairman and the interim head of the Association of Public Television Stations met with the FCC Wednesday (July 7) to talk spectrum. In an interview with Broadcasting & Cable, Lonna Thompson, APTS temporary CEO and general counsel, said she told officials that pubcasters were “open to ideas” and dialogue about maximizing the use of the spectrum, but not at the expense of the service stations provide. “[M]erely saying ‘let’s transition them all to broadband’ isn’t the answer because many of the audiences we serve don’t have access to broadband,” she said. APTS Board Chairman Rod Bates, g.m. of Nebraska Educational TV, “provided a first-hand pitch on the value of his spectrum,” B&C said.

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