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Who: Chris Imlay
From: Booth, Freret & Imlay, LLC
What: Rules, Regs, and the Broadcast Engineer
When: May 10, 2017 6:30 PM
Sponsor: GatesAir, Inc.

Chris Imlay, SBE's General Counsel, was our guest speaker on Wednesday, May 10th.  Along with input from various SBE committees and the SBE Executive Board, Chris represents SBE's interests before the FCC and other government agencies and has done so for many years.  He also keeps us informed with his Legal Perspective article in the SBE publication The Signal and his presentation before Chapter 37 last May (2016). 

As those who attended this meeting can attest, Mr. Imlay is a superb public speaker who always seems to have something interesting on his mind.  Thus, we again gave him carte blanche regarding discussion topics.  He brought us up-to-date on current technical regulatory topics, spectrum allocations, and broadcast auxiliary spectrum issues, including:

  1. The status of the 2 GHz Department of Transportation transition.
  2. The Navy and CubeSat uplink telemetry at 2 GHz.
  3. SBE's plan for refarming the 2.5 GHz BAS band and our negotiations with Globalstar so far.
  4. Wireless microphone UHF band availability during and after the repack.
  5. The status of the TAC ambient noise study.
  6. FCC enforcement going forward after the bloodletting in the field.

Chris Imlay, Managing Member, Booth, Freret & Imlay, LLC, has practiced Federal Communications Law for the bulk of his professional career to date. His other communications clients include the American Radio Relay League, the national association of broadcast and communications technical professionals; JVC Kenwood USA Corporation; the National Football League; Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Robert Bosch, GmbH; Broadcast Sports, Inc.; numerous television and radio broadcast, common carrier, and private wireless licensees of the FCC; video production companies and manufacturers of communications and electronic equipment.  His work for the amateur and broadcast engineering associations include preparation of materials in FCC rule making and adjudicatory proceedings, consultation with local chapters and members, extensive representation of communications users, and consulting with local counsel for those users, in connection with Federal, state and local regulation of Federally-licensed communications facilities.

Thanks to our friends from Gates Air for sponsoring dinner and for Radio One for allowing us to use their meeting room. 

Meeting Attendees

Mr. Sam Brown
Mr. Roger DuFault
Mr. David Garner
Mr. John Garziglia
Mr. J. Eric Hoehn
Mr. Christopher Imlay
Mr. John Jordan
Mr. David Kolesar
Mr. Kent Kramer
Mr. Anthony Moreno
Mr. Brian Oliger
Mr. Art Rose
Mr. Daniel Ryson
Mr. Thomas Shedlick
Mr. Mike Song
Mr. Richard Sweitzer
Mr. Brian Szewczyk
Mr. Tu Vu
Mr. Fred Willard