AGL Magazine – The post-incentive auction transition schedule depends on avoiding interference, coping with limited tower crew availability and limiting a safety risk that a tight time frame might pose.
Broadcasters have waited patiently to discover if and when the FCC will announce an official scheduling methodology for the post-auction repack. However, it is difficult to see how the schedule can meet all of the requirements listed above while addressing the FCC’s No. 1 priority of avoiding interference between stations (what the FCC refers to as linked-station sets). Timing presents a major challenge as stations prepare to meet unknown repack deadlines and obtain proper reimbursement for their efforts. But stations do not control the repack schedule. This control lies entirely with the FCC.