LPTV and TV Translators must protect white-spaces and wireless microphones

The Commission recognized that following the incentive auction and repacking of the television bands there would likely be fewer unused television channels available for use either by unlicensed “white space” devices or wireless microphones. Given the importance of white space devices and wireless microphones to businesses and consumers, in order to achieve this objective, we propose to require applicants for low power television (“LPTV”), TV translator, and Broadcast Auxiliary Service (“BAS”) facilities to demonstrate that their proposed new, displacement, or modified facilities would not eliminate the last available vacant UHF television channel for use by white space devices and wireless microphones in an area.

On June 9, 2015 the FCC released an Eligible Facilities Public Notice announcing the full power and Class A stations that will be considered eligible for repacking protection and participation in the reverse auction.

The Public Notice includes an Appendix listing all eligible facilities and establishes a process for stations that are not listed in the Appendix to file a petition with the Media Bureau requesting that their facility be deemed an “eligible facility.” Such Petitions will be due no later than July 9, 2015. Continue reading “On June 9, 2015 the FCC released an Eligible Facilities Public Notice announcing the full power and Class A stations that will be considered eligible for repacking protection and participation in the reverse auction.”