CPB Updated Report Finds More Stations May Be Affected by Repack

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Significantly more PRSS stations may be affected by the FCC's Broadcast Spectrum Auction than was originally reported a month ago, according to CPB in a follow-up to its report, Potential Impacts To Public Radio Transmission Facilities From TV Band Repacking.

The new, updated report, dated March 6, 2017 and which includes a list of potentially affected stations, can be found at: http://prss.org/sites/prss/files/documents/CPB/cpb-report-impacts_030617.pdf

*4/13/17: The PRSS has issued an updated FAQ for this report: http://prss.org/sites/prss/files/documents/CPB/TV-Repack-FAQs_4-13-2017.pdf

In this revised edition of the report, the consulting firm Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace found that:

- A new total of 191 CPB-eligible radio stations may be affected, which means they share transmission towers with one or more TV stations. This is an increase of 96 impacted stations from the original 95 stations identified in the February report.

- Fifty-three of these 191 stations share a tower with one or more TV stations currently operating on channels 38-51. According to the report, these stations are most likely to be impacted as the TV stations will either be repacked or go off the air.

- There are 304 CPB-eligible radio stations that are "near co-located" within 250 meters of one or more TV stations, which is double the number of stations identified in the February edition of the report. These "near co-located" stations may be affected by repacking to a lesser extent, but some may be required to eventually reduce their transmission power.

The remainder of the report remains the same between the February and March editions.

As before, the PRSS urges station management to review the documentation along with engineering staff and feel free to reach out to the PRSS with any questions or concerns that these materials do not address. We will continue to update you on spectrum auction matters as needed. 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the PRSS Help Desk and your inquiry will be routed to the appropriate person. You can reach the help desk at 800.971.7677 or prsshelp@npr.org.


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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

Report FAQ: http://prss.org/sites/prss/files/documents/CPB/TV-Repack%20FAQs-3-31-17.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: March 14, 2017