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FCC says 600 MHz clearing is ahead of schedule

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[Source: RCR Wireless News] The clearing and repacking of 600 MHz spectrum in the wake of the incentive auction is ahead of schedule, according to the Federal Communications Commission. The commission made another $68.1 million available to support broadcasters’ transition costs, as they either go off-air, share channels or shift to different ones. The FCC’s…

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FCC Frees Up More Money for TV Station Repack

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[Source: Multichannel News] The FCC has released its status report on the post-broadcast incentive auction TV station repack, which involves most of 1,000 full powers and 2,000 low powers in a 10-phase plan, and as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai signaled last week, the commission is ahead of schedule. It is also freeing up more money for the TV…

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Rep. John Dingell Dies

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[Source: Multichannel News] Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)…was one of broadcasters’ most stalwart defenders in Congress. He pushed to ensure broadcasters were treated fairly in the first DTV transition in 2009 and what would be the second one—the TV station repack—following the incentive auction. Tributes began pouring in as the news spread around Washington Thursday night….

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FCC’s Pai: TV Station Repack Is Ahead of Schedule

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[Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told a conference of tower-erectors in Texas Wednesday (Feb. 6) that he thinks the post-incentive auction repack of almost 1,000 full power TV stations, and twice as many low powers, is on track, and even ahead of schedule so far. The transition is being achieved in 10 phases, though some stations are…

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T-Mobile US updates on ‘transformative’ 600 MHz deployment on record FY 2018

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[Source: RCR Wireless News] T-Mobile US executives, speaking today on an earnings call, reiterated the importance of the operator’s 600 MHz spectrum portfolio to its plan to offer nationwide 5G service in 2020. According to the company, its 600 MHz spectrum is deployed in more than 2,700 cities and is supported by 29 devices. Chief…

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Remarks Of Chairman Ajit Pai At The National Association Of Tower Erectors Annual Conference

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[Source: FCC / Benton] I’m constantly meeting with the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and its members for… two practical reasons: One is the race to 5G and the other is the broadcaster repack stemming from the FCC’s incentive auction. [In regards to 5G, we] reformed our historic preservation and environmental regulations so that small cells don’t have…

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Some TV viewers need to rescan channels to have continued service

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[Source: Chillicothe News] Kansas City-area NBC affiliates KMCI-TV and KSHB-TV will change frequencies on Feb. 11, as part of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spectrum repack, which requires nearly 1,000 TV stations across the country to change frequencies over the next two years to make room for wireless broadband services. More than 72 million people…

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The Economic Impacts of Mid-Band Spectrum in the United States

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[Source: CTIA] Summary of Key Findings:  The next generation of wireless technology (5G)… will rely on a much wider range of spectrum (from 600 MHz to millimeter wave) than current 4G LTE networks. To achieve this significant leap forward, two things need to happen: policymakers must reallocate spectrum for 5G uses and service providers will…

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The FCC – Back In Business

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[Source: All Access Music Group] …Finally, any STAs that would have expired from January 3rd, 2019, through January 29th, 2019, are extended until January 30th, 2019, except to the extent that such STAs relate to the post-incentive auction transition or other activities authorized under section 309(j). In a new Public Notice (Revisions to Deadlines Following…

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Broadcasters Scramble as FCC Reopens and Announces New Filing Deadlines

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[Source: JD Supra / CommLawCenter] …As noted in an earlier post, the shutdown did not affect the post-incentive auction broadcast repack, and any filings related to the repack should have been filed as scheduled. On a related note, now that the FCC is open for business again, the January 30 Open Meeting will take place in…

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