ATBA Expresses Muted Praise for T-Mobile’s LPTV Move

From Broadcasting & Cable

The Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance says it is encouraged by T-Mobile’s offer to pay for the moves of some LPTV stations and translators in the post-incentive auction repack but suggests that is cold comfort for stations that were sacrificed to the incentive auction.

“T-Mobile and others spent millions to lobby Congress to sell them prime spectrum under the guise of a ‘spectrum crunch,’ which was proven not to exist,” said ATBA following T-Mobile’s announcement of its Supplemental Reimbursement Program. “As a result of the auction, hundreds of LPTV and translators with specific, unique and local programming will go off the air permanently.”

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