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What to Expect When You’re Expecting (to be repacked)

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
The FCC’s confidential letters to television stations that did not submit successful bids to relinquish their spectrum in the reverse auction could arrive in broadcaster mailboxes any day now.  For some stations, this letter will confirm that it’s business as usual, and that they will continue to operate on the same channel after the auction.… Continue Reading

So Your Station Submitted a Successful Incentive Auction Bid, Now What?

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
Now that television stations can openly discuss the results of their participation in the Incentive Auction, it is an appropriate time for all television stations to assess their market position and think about what comes next.  In this space, we will discuss how stations with various auction outcomes should approach their post-auction transaction.  Today, we… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment on Updated Catalog of Post-Auction Reimbursement Expenses

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
On October 13, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Media Bureau released an update to the Catalog of Eligible Expenses (the “Catalog”) that it will use as a guide when processing requests for reimbursement from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund.  Comments on the proposed updates are due by November 14, 2016 and reply comments are due… Continue Reading

Join Us for Destination Repack: A Multi Industry Roadmap

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Broadcast Technology, Spectrum
On October 19, 2016, Wiley Rein’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice will be partnering with The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) to host an educational program on the challenges faced by broadcasters post the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Spectrum Auction. Join us to discuss approaches to the post-auction repacking process, including: ◾Repack 101: Defining… Continue Reading

FCC to Reimburse Repacking Expenses Incurred Before Auction Close — But With a Catch

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Broadcast Technology
The FCC has some good news for broadcasters that want to get a jump on the repacking process.  In a Declaratory Ruling issued today, the Commission announced that “costs reasonably incurred” by broadcasters prior to the close of the Incentive Auction and the issuance of the Channel Reassignment Public Notice may be eligible for reimbursement… Continue Reading

Auction Update: Confirm Your Station Coverage and Population Data

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
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… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Preliminary List of Auction-Eligible Facilities; Asks Stations to Certify Accuracy of Technical Data By July 9, 2015

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
On June 9, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued a Public Notice identifying a preliminary list of 2,202 full power and Class A television stations that are eligible to participate in the Incentive Auction and receive protection in the post-auction repack.  Specifically, the list includes those stations found to be subject to… Continue Reading

The Auction is Coming . . . Make Sure Your Station is Protected

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
As the Federal Communications Commission continues to move toward an Incentive Auction in early 2016, the Commission is reminding full power and Class A television stations that there are certain actions they should take to make sure their facilities are subject to protection in the repacking process or eligible for relinquishment in the auction. All… Continue Reading

FCC Extends Deadlines for Comments About Proposed Procedures for Incentive Auction

Posted in Spectrum
UPDATE 1/30/2015: The FCC has once again extended the comment deadline.  Comments are now due on 2/20/2015; replies are still due on 3/13/2015. The FCC’s Wireless Bureau today announced that it is providing parties with two additional weeks to submit their comments in response to the Auction Comment Public Notice.  You can read our summary… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Public Notice Proposing Starting Prices, Repack Optimization Factors, and Other Incentive Auction Details

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has released its Auction Comment Public Notice (Comment PN), which the Commission adopted by a 3-2 party-line vote at its December 11, 2014 open meeting.  The Comment PN proposes certain procedures that the FCC will follow in the forthcoming broadcast incentive auction and the subsequent repacking of broadcast… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment on Draft TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund Reimbursement Form

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Broadcast Technology, Spectrum
The FCC’s Media Bureau issued a Public Notice today seeking comment on a draft TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund Reimbursement Form (“Reimbursement Form”), which broadcasters and MVPDs will use to submit information necessary to get reimbursed for their expenses incurred during the post-auction repacking process.  Comments on the Reimbursement Form are due October 27, 2014. Congress allocated… Continue Reading

Federal Register Publication Begins Flurry of Activity In Incentive Auction Proceeding

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
The FCC’s Report and Order in the incentive auction proceeding was published today in the Federal Register—the first in a series of events that will occur over the next several months in advance of the incentive auction of broadcast spectrum. Based on today’s publication date, petitions for reconsideration of the Incentive Auction Report and Order… Continue Reading

The Incentive Auction Report and Order Is Coming: What Broadcasters Need to Know

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote to adopt a Report and Order in the broadcast spectrum incentive auction proceeding.  The Report and Order will establish the framework for the incentive auction and the subsequent repacking of television stations.  Although some details of the Report and Order were still unresolved last week, when the… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment on Repacking Timeline and Expenses

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Broadcast Technology, Spectrum
If hundreds of television stations had to modify their facilities and change their broadcast channels at roughly the same time, how long would it take and how much would it cost?  The FCC wants to know, and it is seeking input from broadcasters and other stakeholders to find out. On March 20, 2014, the FCC’s… Continue Reading

The Auction Block: Options for Broadcasters in the TV Incentive Auction

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
This is the first part in a multi-part series about what the forthcoming incentive auction of broadcast spectrum means for broadcasters. In one of the first major pronouncements of his Chairmanship, new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler blogged that the incentive auction of broadcast spectrum will be delayed – from 2014 to mid-2015.  Most observers commended… Continue Reading

FCC Releases New Information About Broadcaster Repacking

Posted in Broadcast Regulation
In what it describes as an effort to further transparency, the FCC has released a Public Notice providing information that it believes will give television broadcasters some insight into the incentive auction repacking process.  The material the Incentive Auction Task Force has made available reflects the results of a staff analysis of whether a television… Continue Reading