Inside the Incentive Auction NPRM (Part 4): TV Repacking – The Practical Side

Once the final participants in the repacking of the TV band have been identified through the “reverse” auction process, the shuffling of stations necessary to accomplish the repacking will raise a number of practical considerations and conundrums.

Once the auctions have been completed, the Commission and the TV industry will have to grapple with the practical implementation of repacking: who gets what channels, how will stations moving from one channel to another effectuate that transition, what (if any) reimbursement of transition costs will be available, and to whom. This phase of the process will affect all TV broadcasters, whether or not they opted to participate in the “reverse” auction. [Read More…]

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