Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Widelity Report and Catalog OfPotential Expenses and Estimated Costs

The Spectrum Act establishes a $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund to be used for reimbursement of eligible relocation costs. In the Broadcast Television Incentive Auction NPRM, the Commission sought comment on the types of costs broadcasters and MVPDs are likely to incur and how to determine whether such costs are “reasonable” for purposes of reimbursement under the statute.  Comments in response to the NPRM suggested that the Commission establish cost estimates for categories of reimbursable expenses.  The Commission engaged Widelity Inc. to aid the Commission in understanding the process and costs associated with the post incentive auction transition.

The Report concludes that, despite the significant challenges that the industry will face,“[w]ith cooperation as well as patience, creative problem solving, and guidance from the FCC and industry groups such as the National Association of Broadcasters, Association of Public Television Stations, and state broadcast associations, the transition can be achieved with the desired outcomes.”

The FCC seeks additional input from interested parties on the report and particularly on the Catalog of Potential Expenses and Estimated Costs.

Comments Due: April 21, 2014   Reply Comments Due: May 6, 2014

Attachments:

Public Notice [142 KB PDF]
Widelity Report and Catalog Of Potential Expenses [28180 KB PDF]