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Reflections on NAMM ‘17, Faulty Synthesizers, and Gear Lust

Those of you faithful Audio Gloss readers may notice a different name attached to this post. As the world swirls with changes, today feels like as good of a time…


A New FCC Rises

Flash Summary Trump appoints Republican Ajit Pai to FCC Chairman. Thus heralds the dawn of a new FCC with a new agenda—though unlike other winners of the Trump appointment…


A Chairman's Farewell

Below, is the transcript of the final public address of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. It was delivered Friday, January 13th, at the Aspen Institute, a bi-partisan think tank where…


Incentive Auctions Will Complete at 470-608 MHz

It has been almost eight months since the U.S. Incentive Auctions began. The bidding continues; it has not closed, yet. But we know with complete certainty this bumpy ride…


Audio Gloss is BACK

Imagine the above image of the space shuttle Discovery returning to Cape Canaveral to the unstoppable pulse of your favorite classic rock anthem with the overdriven whine of a rhythm…


Bernie Beaudry: “The Definition of Tough”

Almost exactly two months ago, a 328 lb defensive lineman ran out of a paper mâche tube filled with purple smoke, and knocked Bernard Beaudry off his feet and onto…


New Information Suggests Repacked UHF Band to Span 470-619 MHz, or Wider

On Wednesday last week Robert Weller, former Chief of Technical Analysis at the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology, former Vice President of Spectrum Policy at NAB, and current…


Incentive Auctions Conclude First Phase, Stage Two, with $54.6 Billion Ask

Through now familiar smoke and mirrors, analysts, economists, and various industries scramble for scraps of information tossed to them by the FCC and private sector participants about the progress and…


Incentive Auctions Fail to Meet Final Stage Rule, Reset to be Scheduled at Lower 114 MHz Target

This morning the spectrum policy, broadcast, and telecom worlds awoke to a flurry of headlines, all urgent, but diverse in tone. The first pass through the Incentive Auctions has come…


The Million Dollar Homes of Many San Francisco Tech Execs Have Slower Internet Connections than You Do

After InfoComm, I made haste for the western shore, to convalesce on the foggy slopes of San Francisco. I stayed in the laundry room of a friend’s apartment in…