More flexibility in Channel Sharing Agreements

In this Order, the FCC provides more flexibility to broadcasters interested in the channel sharing option by clarifying that back-up channel sharing agreements (“CSAs”) are permitted under our rules and providing more time for successful bidders to transition to shared facilities after the auction. They also provide guidance regarding how the CSA exception to the prohibited communications rule applies with respect to back-up CSAs. By providing greater flexibility and certainty in connection with CSAs, the objective is to encourage voluntary participation by broadcasters in the incentive auction.


Second Order on Reconsideration [129 KB PDF]