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March 2015

MARCH 2015 VOL. 30 NO. 3

FCC needs broadcasters’ spectrum Local TV stations enticed by potential windfall for selling portion of their airwaves to large mobile companies through incentive auctions By Phil Yacuboski

Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission began meeting with local broadcasters in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, as well as throughout the state, about selling some of their spectrum space. The move comes as the FCC

announced incentive auctions in May of 2014, the first such time it’s ever happened. “I think the big question is: How do we take care of the growing need for spectrum and how do we satisfy that need in the Scranton area,” said Please see SPECTRUM page 24

ALSO INSIDE: Pennsylvania’s inequality The

commonwealth has a healthy 1%, but three NEPA counties rank among ‘least unequal’ ................................. 6

When freshmen drop out Study finds colleges could reap a healthy profit if they focus on freshmen retention ....................................... 13

UM Tech team members, from left Geoff Speicher, Daniel Sputa, Karen Tomaine and Matt Artz.

U.S. News in January released its ‘Best Jobs’ rankings. The publication offered this definition of best jobs: The best jobs pay well. They challenge you without stressing you out too much. There’s room to grow and advance. Maybe most importantly, the best jobs are ones that are hiring. It’s no surprise that most of the best jobs were in health care, but three of the top 10 are in IT. This month we’ll take a look at those jobs and at a company anxious to find local talent in the field.

Billion-dollar pipeline Mariner

The ‘best jobs’ of 2015 are right in NEPA’s own backyard

Governor expands Medicaid Who

By Dave Gardner

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), last year’s top Information Technology (IT) job – software developer — is destined to

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grow and add 139,000 new jobs by 2022. Software developers must understand the operation of all devices working in a computer system and that interface with the Internet. The

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software developer must also be creative and a problem-solver who understands company-wide implications created by different software systems Please see BEST JOBS page nine

East pipeline project expected to infuse billions into Pennsylvania’s economy ...................................... 16 qualifies and how the news has been received .......................................47

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