Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Finally Concludes
FCC Auction Update – April 2017
The 600MHz band auction, which began last spring, has finally come to a long awaited conclusion.
On April 13, 2017, the FCC published the final CRPN, (Channel Reallocation Public Notice), which outlines the move of the TV stations in the upper 600MHz spectrum to new channels below 608MHz in a process called "repacking”. Some stations chose to go off the air (for a cash payout), and some will begin sharing a channel with other stations. We now know not only how much spectrum is to remain and where the "duplex gap” and guard band will be (see diagram below), but also the exact channel lineup your city or town is going to end up with.
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This news is heartening. Much less spectrum is being lost than we had originally feared. The original goal of the auction, had it been successful, would have taken away 126MHz of the UHF spectrum. We are grateful that the final loss of only 84MHz will be much less harmful to the operation of wireless microphones and other wireless gear.
The final Channel Reassignment Public Notice triggers a 39 month "clock” during which the TV stations must either go off the air or move to their new assigned channels. This will proceed in 10 “phases” beginning this July and continuing until October 2020. Once the new wireless services begin operation in a particular city on their assigned channel, wireless operation in that channel must cease. So the changeover will be different for every city.
We will continue to update this page as news from the FCC is published.
The diagram below shows the resulting TV band spectrum with detail on the 11MHz Duplex Gap and 3MHz channel 37 Guard Band.
Lectrosonics is very concerned about these issues, and we hope to do everything possible to make you aware of what is happening and help you with the transition. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.