Originally Posted by tylerSC
Originally Posted by jspENC
Repacking should be interesting to say the least.
When is this repacking issue expected to finally be decided? And if UHF is reduced, where is the cut off expected to be? RF35? And will broadcasters somehow be forced to share an RF channel?
The final rules are not complete yet. There are still some very large questions the FCC has yet to answer. There are already some owners who have said they will sell their spectrum and either go out of business as a broadcaster or share spectrum with another station. Many have said they will not sell.
As far as which spectrum will go, that is still up in the air. One proposal is to fill in the unused spectrum. Another is to do away with all TV 37 and above (since there are no TV stations on 37 nationwide due to it being use for some radio telescopes. Another has it ending at channel 31. The FCC wants to start the process in 2014 and have all stations repacked within a couple of years. They do NOT want to drag it out like the digital transition did. The FCC has said they want to clump stations together from an RF standpoint as much as possible. If you have several stations within a channel range in a market, they want to move all the stations in that area to that range. As an example, here in Greensboro, most stations are between 29 and 35 with only 4 stations out of that range and two of those stations out of core. There would be spectrum available to move those 4 stations close to that range if they move other stations to different ranges. They also will be pushing stations to VHF high band. It is thought that they will give some kind of incentives for stations to move to VHF low and high band. At this point, the LP's haven't been figured in yet. They would get whatever left overs there are, if they are available.
Until the FCC comes out with the procedures, no one really knows what will actually happen. That is why the FCC isn't allowing anyone to move anywhere while they figure it out.