FCC Freezes Channel Changes By Digital TV Stations While Evaluating Reallocation

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FCC Freezes Channel Changes By Digital TV Stations While Evaluating Reallocation of Television Spectrum for Broadband Use
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FCC Freezes Channel Changes By Digital TV Stations While Evaluating Reallocation of Television Spectrum for Broadband Use : Broadcast Law Blog
In another example of how seriously the FCC is considering the reallocation of portions of the TV spectrum for wireless broadband use, the Commission today issued a Public Notice freezing any new petitions for changes in the channels of television stations. Since the DTV transition, almost 100 stations have changed channels - mostly moving from VHF to UHF channels, as television operators have in determined that VHF channels are subject to more interference and viewer complaints about over-the-air reception. Many predict that these problems with the remaining VHF stations will be worse when the new mobile DTV devices roll out later this year. Yet, as the FCC is looking at implementing its plan to recapture portions of the television spectrum for use by wireless broadband, this freeze has now been adopted. No new Petitions for channel changes will be accepted, though requests already on file will be processed.
It is also interesting that this freeze is implemented across the country, not just in the major markets where the FCC has acknowledged that the principal spectrum crunch lies. This implies that the spectrum block that the FCC seeks to recapture is a nationwide block, not one isolated to the large markets. Thus, while small market TV stations may have thought that they did not need to worry about broadband reallocation issues, some stations in rural areas may well face the worst of all worlds - no mobile company may be willing to pay for their spectrum as there is plenty of empty spectrum in these rural areas, but these stations may nevertheless be forced to change channels to clear a nationwide swath of spectrum for broadband use. Who will be paying for these channels changes? That, so far, is unclear.
 

MrPogi

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That's interesting. This past December, the last remaining analog translator in my area was approved to move from channel 62 to channel 51.​
So, it will move to 51 (expense) only to have to move again (expense) when the FCC rules that "wireless internet tubes" are more important? (Read: make more profit for the commissions future employers)

Nice.
And in line with the Master Plan:

FCC "resident scholar" Benjamin Stuart recommends the FCC impose onerous "broadcast regulations that seem undesirable on their own terms but that may result in such harms to broadcasting that broadcasting leaves the [radio-TV] spectrum."
 
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