In a Public Notice released yesterday, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announced that the final version of the TVStudy software, which calculates television stations’ coverage areas for use in the Incentive Auction and subsequent repacking, is now available on the Commission’s LEARN website. OET also released a preliminary table showing the baseline coverage area and population served by all full-power and Class A television stations currently eligible for protection in the repacking process and participation in the Incentive Auction, as calculated using this final version of the TVStudy software,.
We emphasize, however, that the list of stations included in the table is not the final list of stations eligible to participate in the auction and receive protection in the post-auction repack. The table just provides the baseline data for those stations that were included in last month’s preliminary list of auction-eligible stations (see our earlier post here), based upon the technical information currently in the FCC’s databases. This technical information is subject to update based on licensees’ Pre-Auction Technical Certifications (Schedule 381), which are due by July 9, 2015. The table may also be updated with any previously omitted stations who are successful in petitioning the FCC for inclusion. Such petitions are also due by July 9.