The Nitty Gritty Details of Repack, Displacement for LPTV/TV Translators

The FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau announced procedures for low power television, television translator and replacement translator stations during the post-auction television channel spectrum repack.

LPTV/translator stations were not eligible to participate in the incentive auction and were not protected in the repacking process. That means up to about 4,000 LPTV/translator stations will be displaced, according to the LPTV Spectrum Coalition. In order to mitigate this impact, the FCC says these stations may file to move to another channel in the repacked TV band or to channel share. The Media Bureau will use software to help identify potential channel assignments.

In the Notice, the FCC addresses:

  • the filing window for operating LPTV/translator stations subject to displacement because of the auction and repack;
  • the displacement process for LPTV/translator stations;
  • the special filing window for operating LPTV/translator stations that are subject to displacement as a result of the incentive auction and repacking process, including the Bureau’s release of data on channel availability in advance of the window;
  • the displacement process for LPTV/translator stations;
  • LPTV and TV translator station channel sharing and
  • the procedures to apply for new digital-to-digital replacement translator stations.
  • LPTV and TV translator stations can remain on their existing channels in the 600 MHz Band until they are notified of likely interference to a new licensee on that band that’s ready to begin operations or conduct its first field testing. The Commission extended the deadline for analog LPTV and TV translator stations to complete their transition to digital until July 13, 2021.

May 16, 2017

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