TV Spectrum Auction Update for Public Radio Stations
The FCC’s Broadcast Spectrum Auction may bring changes to your station, even if your licensee did not (or could not) participate in it. The “mandatory repack” of spectrum following the auction may involve some big changes on the towers used by television stations that took part in the auction. In some cases, these are the same towers being used by some radio-only stations. (For more information about the spectrum auction, please visit CPB’s website: http://www.cpb.org/spectrum)
If your antenna is on – or near – a tower used by a television station that took part in the auction, there are a variety of temporary or permanent challenges your station may encounter, ranging from losing tower space to needing to plan around downtime as technicians do work on public television equipment that shares a tower with your radio equipment. There may be some unexpected challenges for all stations, such as a likely scarcity of technicians to work on your antenna during the repack period, as the demand for public television antenna work will be high. In the spirit of no surprises, it is important for every station to understand whether its antenna may be affected.
To help you, we have gotten permission to share a report on this topic that was commissioned by the CPB and completed by the firm of Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace, LLC. It has been posted to PRSS.org along with a helpful FAQ that covers some of the main points:
Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace Report: http://www.prss.org/sites/prss/files/documents/CPB/CPB_REPORT_AUCTION_IMPACT_RADIO_020217.pdf
Please look at the documentation along with your engineering staff and feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns that these materials do not address. We will continue to update you on spectrum auction matters as needed, and hope you keep us in the loop on developments related to your station and your signal.
Michael Beach, VP for Distribution, NPR
Michael Riksen, VP for Policy and Representation, NPR
Posted: February 14, 2017