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Broadcast 'spectrum auction' ends with Wyo PBS in favorable position

Mar 8, 2017 - From staff reports

"This is a major boon for us," Wyoming PBS general manager Terry Dugas said in a memo to the Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees.

None of the Wyoming Public Broadcasting Service's three full-power transmitters was affected by a voluntary spectrum incentive auction recently completed by the Federal Communications Commission.

"This is a major boon for us," Wyoming PBS general manager Terry Dugas said in a memo to the Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees.

"The cost of changing frequencies would have been substantial, with no guarantee of better service or full reimbursement of the costs."

ARRA

Wyoming PBS did not participate in the auction, with the approval of the CWC board.

The FCC organized the auction in an effort to reallocate some radio frequencies from broadcast to wireless broadband services.

During the auction, television stations were able to bid to surrender their spectrum licenses, moving from a high-frequency channel to one in the lower ranges in exchange for cash.

The initiative began in 2008 with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which sought in part to develop and expand broadband networks across the country.

Through the ARRA, the FCC was charged with developing a plan to ensure all Americans have access to broadband.

In March 2010, the FCC unveiled its National Broadband Plan, which suggested that additional channels of spectrum would be required within 10 years to meet the growing need for mobile broadband.

The FCC planned to use the auction to aggregate the spectrum from broadcasters in order to reclaim it and sell it.
 

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