241 Days Until The Auction Starts...
Vice Chairman of the FCC Incentive Auction Task Force admits in public for the first time that...
"We did look at
the impact on LPTV."
Quoted from a 45-minute appearance by Howard Symons, Vice-Chair of the FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force, on the Kojo Nnamdi FM-Radio show Tech Tuesday, here in Washington, DC, which included Mike Gravino (me) also as a guest.
What makes this simple and seemingly obvious statement a HUGE DEAL, is that for almost two years now, our Coalition has been asking in the Proceedings for just such an impact study on LPTV. We even have as part of our Petition for Reconsideration the demand for just such a study. The FCC just denied our Petition, and the next stop in the process is filing with the Court of Appeals about it. NAB has also asked for the study, as well as other groups representing LPTV and TV translator broadcasting interests.
What really gets me is when, as Symons above did in the interview, is to say that all that the FCC is doing is following what Congress had directed them to do. What nonsense! Congress also passed every other law and regulation on the books about LPTV and TV translators, and the FCC can not just ignore them while it tries to make new rules for the auction. Congress specifically said to the FCC to not alter the spectrum usage rights of LPTV and translators, but that is just what it is doing.
Why? Because the FCC has Congress over a $40-$80 billion dollar barrel. There is no one in Congress who wants to upset the Incentive Auction process, with all that already budgeted dough ready to help reduce the debt in 2016/2017. So the FCC is doing a spectrum grab using twisted logic worthy of a summer trashy novel. And Congress can not do anything about it because they need that auction cash to flow next year no matter what.
So now the FCC has restarted the comments clock on setting aside two channels now, not one, but two channels for unlicensed which would have a priority over licensed LPTV and translators. And in every market, not just those impaired in the duplex gap.
Release The Impact Analysis!
What Will Happen To LPTV and Translators
As A Result Of Each Band Plan!!!!
Many of you closely following the process will understand that the FCC is dumping so much data and rule makings into the calendar, which LPTV and TV translator licensees can not hope to make meaningful or considered comments on, without knowing what the 3rd LPTV NPRM Report and Order says!