AUCTION PROPONENTS NOW SCARED THAT "HARMONIZING" ATSC 3.0 WITH THE REPACK WILL SLOW DOWN THE PROCESS, AND THEIR ALREADY DELAYED PAYDAY
WHAT THEY FAIL TO ACKNOWLEDGE IS THAT THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE THE FULL 144-MHZ CLEARING, AND CREATE AS MUCH UN-IMPAIRED SPECTRUM AS POSSIBLE IS TO REPACK WITH ATSC 3.0, WHICH CAN PROVIDE FIRST ADJACENT CHANNEL ASSIGNMENTS FROM CHANNEL 27 AND BELOW
So obviously, none of the above parties care a hoot about the future of broadcasting, or about LPTV and TV translators at all. Without a total, complete, and unequivocal "harmonizing" of 3.0 and the repack, there will simply not be a successful auction. Now, the ATSC Committee has to get the candidate standard submitted, but the FCC has to just agree to the "transport layer", which will utilize OFDM. This is the ONLY way to have a tight successful repack which yields the most un-impaired spectrum. And this can be done before the repack starts in late 2016.
A "catch-22" you say? Yes, the FCC is now caught in a web of it's making. In order to "maximize" the revenues to the Treasury, and to clear as much spectrum as the industry and the designated entities want, with the least amount of impaired spectrum, they literally have to repack with 3.0.
The good news is this will NOT slow down the process, since the LPTV and TV translator legal cases will. So not only are we providing the bulk of the spectrum for the auction, our legal fight will make it possible to clear out as much spectrum as possible.