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FCC Proposes Reimbursement Rules for LPTV, TV Translator, and FM Stations Under 2018 Reimbursement Expansion Act

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[Source: Broadcast & CableSat] …When Congress authorized the incentive auction in 2012, it required the Commission to reimburse certain costs incurred by full power, Class A, and MVPD entities.  The 2018 Reimbursement Expansion Act (REA) expanded the list of eligible entities to include LPTV, TV translator, and FM stations, provided additional funds to be used…

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RF Specialist Henry Fries Joins Dielectric as Manager of RF Systems and Products

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[Source: Radio Magazine] …Fries and [Chuck] Thompson join Dielectric at a time when the manufacturing demand is rapidly expanding to keep pace with antenna orders from broadcast TV stations impacted by the spectrum repack. Beginning July 23rd, the company officially added a second shift at its Raymond, Maine facility to boost productivity and the delivery…

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WDIO/WIRT Temporarily Off Air in International Falls

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[Source: WDIO 10/WIRT 13 ABC] WDIO/WIRT and other TV stations are temporarily off the air in Koochiching County as a result of a national sale of some TV frequencies to wireless companies. A network of low-power transmitters, known as “translators,” relays regional TV programming to viewers in Koochiching County and other rural parts of northern…

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Dish: We Can Meet Wireless Buildout Schedule

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[Source: Light Reading] …[Chairman Charlie Ergen] also said the timing of everything, including Dish’s future plans for a more comprehensive wireless network, is not solely under Dish’s control. With respect to critical uplink spectrum to be used in the 600MHz band, for example, it won’t be fully cleared by the broadcasters until July 2020. Dish…

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T-Mobile US confirms 600MHz LTE now available in 992 towns/cities

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[Source: TeleGeography] T-Mobile US has confirmed that its 600MHz Extended Range LTE network is now live in 992 cities and towns across 33 states. The cellco notes that it already has ‘a dozen [600MHz] capable smartphones across all price points’ available for end-users. CTO Neville Ray commented: ‘In many of these locations, we’re deploying 5G-ready…

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$50M Of TV Repack Money For FM Stations

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[Source: Radio Ink] The FCC on August 2, 2018, adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) under which FM stations and FM translators (along with LPTV and TV translators) will be reimbursed from a $50M Congressional-authorized fund, for costs incurred in being collocated with, adjacent to, or in close proximity to a repacked TV station’s…

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FCC approves compensation for low-power entities regarding incentive spectrum auction

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[Source: Converge! Network Digest] Responding to a recent Congressional directive, the FCC announced rules to reimburse certain Low Power TV (LPTV), TV translator, and FM stations for costs incurred as a result of the spectrum incentive auction. Full power, Class A, and MVPD already receive compensation for certain costs incurred by the incentive auction. The…

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T-Mobile US CEO: Building 5G in 30 cities this year, nationwide in 2020

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[Source: RCR Wireless News] T-Mobile US executives… provided details on plans to launch mobile 5G, millimeter wave spectrum auction participation, 600 MHz deployment and plans related to the acquisition of TV provider Layer 3. T-MO CEO John Legere said the carrier’s LTE networks covers 323 PoPs “and we continue to aggressively roll out low-band spectrum with…

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FCC OKs Ownership Diversity Incubator Program, More Money For Reimbursing FMs For TV Repack

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[Source: All Access Music Group] …The repack reimbursement offers $1 billion in additional money for FM stations (full-power and translators) that were licensed and transmitting on APRIL 13, 2017 which must permanently relocate, temporarily or permanently modify their facilities, or buy or modify auxiliary facilities to stay on the air while the repack work is…

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FCC Proposes Rules on LPTV Repack Reimbursement

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[Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission today proposed rules to reimburse some low-power TV stations, TV translators and FM stations for costs resulting from the 2017 spectrum incentive auction, following up on a recent Congressional directive known as “The 2018 Reimbursement Expansion Act.” The act “expanded the list of eligible entities to include LPTV, TV translator…

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