FCC Releases Pre-auction TVStudy


FCCThe FCC Office of Engineering and Technology has released key software related to calculating coverage area prior to station repacking, as well as baseline data for all auction eligible stations.

The software can be found on the Commission’s LEARN website under the Repacking Section at http://wireless.fcc.gov/incentiveauctions/learn-program/repacking.html

Further, as per the rules, “OET is releasing a set of baseline data of the coverage area and population served to be protected in the repacking process of all full power and Class A television stations eligible for protection in the repacking process and participation in the incentive auction. The baseline data released includes the noise-limited, terrain-limited and interference-free coverage area and population served of these stations. 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.”

OET said the list is not final and is open for public comment. The deadline to weigh in is 7/30/15.


  1. Auctioning broadcast spectrum is wrong. We need to keep all the UHF broadcast TV spectrum that we have now. Let the phone companies learn to give subscribers no more than 3.0 Mbps. Why would anyone need more than 3.0 Mbps for a phone? Channel 5 and 6 should be used for digital audio broadcast to allow the little “AM” stations to move away from the noise and interference of an overpacked medium wave band.

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