FCC Upholds Class A Auction Decision

By on Feb, 13 2016 with Comments 0

GavelThe FCC is holding firm to an earlier decision not to allow two Class A-eligible low power television stations to take part in the incentive auction or protect them in the subsequent repack.

Only those that can upgrade to Class A or had filed for a CP by Feb. 22, 2012 can take part, ruled the commission.

Abacus and Videohouse and Latina Broadcasters of Daytona Beach had “in-core” status but had not filed for Class A status by the date and had challenged the agency’s original decision to exclude them and then appealed.

The commission originally made the cut-off so as to ensure there’s enough spectrum for the repack. The three argued they were the same as eligible Class As and should be included; the commission disagreed again, and stuck to its original decision.

About The Author: Leslie Stimson has been a reporter for 35+ years, starting in radio news. She’s spent the last 20 years reporting for radio trades.

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