Most US TV stations are in the process of altering their broadcast spectrum licenses, resulting in channel changes, shared tech, and, in some cases, buyouts

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2017.10.16, Monday

Hill Pushes Pai to Hold to TV Station Repack Timeline

[Source: Broadcasting & Cable]

A letter from almost five dozen members of Congress, including from both parties, calls on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai not to move off the FCC’s current timeline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction and freeing up spectrum for wireless broadband.

“We write to urge you to ensure the 600 MHz spectrum…is cleared no later than July 3, 2020, as currently scheduled they wrote Monday.

They said clearing the band of broadcasters as quickly as possible was a critical component of deploying high-speed broadband, including to rural areas, a particular concern of the FCC’s, as well as many of the letter signatories, including Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.).

They said freeing up that spectrum and connecting homes across the country to broadband is not just about jobs or economic growth, but is a necessity in a connected world.

They praised Pai’s work to date to boost broadband deployment in underserved communities and said they supported a “robust” waiver process for stations who need flexibility in making their channel moves, and want stakeholders to work together to find creative solutions. But the bottom line is: Wrap it up by that 2020 date.

Fox, for example, is working with T-Mobile on speeding its station channel moves. Among the others signing on to the letter are Democrats Doris Matsui (also of California) and Peter Welch of Vermont, and Republicans Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Darrell Issa of California.

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