The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance believes that Microsoft’s push for reversing channels in the broadcast band for unlicensed use for promoting rural broadband would “destroy” hundreds of LPTV and translator stations.
T-Mobile has committed to covering the costs for local public television low-power facilities required to relocate to new channels in the post-incentive auction repack, according to PBS and Americas Public TV Stations.
An email from T-Mobile to one of his members signaling it wanted to start testing in Q4 2017, which could displace more than 45 stations that would go dark since that is before any displacement channels are being awarded.
Low-power TV stations and translator licensees displaced in the incentive auction will be able apply for leftover channels early next year, according to the timeframe described in a May 12 Public Notice from the FCC.
The date was published today in the Federal Register, reflecting the March 23 unanimous vote by the Federal Communications Commission to allow channel-sharing arrangements, or “CSAs,” to be hammered out after the auction, and to include low-power TV licensees and translators.
The TV channel repack software has once again been updated. TV Study, the software that based on OET Bulletin No. 69, is now in version 2.2, which the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology released today.
The Federal Communication Commission’s incentive auction point man took to the airwaves Tuesday to discuss the auction process and emphasize that it was mandated by the president and crafted in large part by Congress—not the FCC.