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.
In addition to ensuring that their Pre-Auction Technical Certifications are submitted by July 9, stations should carefully review their baseline coverage area and population served data contained in the table to confirm that nothing is amiss. Comments on the table are due by July 30, 2015. Based upon the July 9 submissions noted above and any comments received on the preliminary baseline data, OET will eventually release a final list of auction-eligible stations, along with the final baseline data to be used in the auction and subsequent repacking process.
For each station listed in the table, the baseline data includes the station’s noise-limited, terrain-limited and interference-free coverage area and population served. The noise-limited data reflects the coverage area within the station’s contour that will be replicated and the interference-free population data reflects the population served by the station that will be protected from interference and used to calculate the station’s volume as part of the FCC’s proposed pricing formula.