Colleges Retain Portion of Broadcast Spectrum
June 15, 2004
The Federal Communications Commission voted last week to allow educational institutions to retain ownership of a portion of the broadcast spectrum that has been assigned to them for decades.
A proposal under consideration would have allowed corporate interests to develop a portion of the Instructional Television Fixed Service with technologies including digital broadcasting. Colleges and other organizations successfully lobbied against the proposal.
The vote is meaningful because institutions very effectively use the spectrum to deliver distance education. Also, some universities generate extra revenue by leasing unused spectrum to companies such as Sprint Communications. Thanks to the commission’s decision, institutions will be able to maintain those leases. In their decision, the FCC asked institutions to forfeit a small portion of underused spectrum.
The FCC is expected to release a document providing details of the ruling. In three years they could reconsider the same plan, and evaluate whether educational institutions are promoting digital broadcasting, as college officials have said they would.
- Program Integrity Rulemaking to Be Delayed
- Associations Respond to McCaskill Sexual Assault Legislation
- COFAR Releases Frequently Asked Questions on OMB's Super Circular
- 2014 Planning and Budgeting Forum
September 22-23, 2014
- 2014 Tax Forum
September 28-September 30, 2014
- 2014 Global Operations Forum
September 30-October 1, 2014
- 2014 Intermediate Accounting and Reporting - Fall
October 13-14, 2014
- ON-DEMAND: Strategic Tuition Assessment and Tuition Restructuring
- ON-DEMAND: Are Shared Services Right for Your Organization – The KU Journey
- ON-DEMAND: VIRTUAL: 2014 Annual Meeting
- ON-DEMAND: FASB's Proposed NFP Reporting Changes
- ON-DEMAND: VIRTUAL: Student Financial Services Conference
- ON-DEMAND: VIRTUAL: Higher Education Accounting Forum
- ON-DEMAND: VIRTUAL: Global Operations Support and Compliance Forum
- A Guide to College and University Budgeting: Foundations for Institutional Effectiveness, 4th ed. - by Larry Goldstein
- NACUBO's Guide to Unitizing Investment Pools - by Mary S. Wheeler
- Managing and Collecting Student Accounts and Loans - by David R. Glezerman and Dennis DeSantis