November 14, 2016
Comments regarding the FCC’s Catalog of Reimbursement Expenses requesting that additional line items be added to the Catalog.
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October 31, 2016
Comments regarding the Post-Incentive Auction Transition Scheduling Plan that urge the FCC to consider the impact of state procurement requirements applicable to many public television stations and request that the FCC schedule of the translator now.
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June 24, 2015
Letter to Marlene Dortch, Secretary of the FCC, informing her of a June 22, 2015 meeting between APTS, CPB, PBS, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and key FCC staff, as well as other representatives of the broadcast industry and members of the Commission staff to discuss the upcoming Incentive Auction Procedures Public Notice.
May 28, 2015
Letter to Marlene Dortch, Secretary of the FCC, informing her of a May 26, 2015 meeting between APTS, CPB, PBS, and key FCC staff members to discuss adopting preventative measures to ensure that the broadcast spectrum incentive auction does not create unserved areas in major markets where millions of Americans could lose access to noncommercial educational service.
September 15, 2014
A letter urging the FCC to reconsider and revise rules of the spectrum auction. It proposes that a noncommercial educational TV station may sell all of its spectrum rights only if there is another similar station in the community or if at least one reserved channel is preserved during the repacking process to allow a new station to offer noncommercial educational TV to the community.
January 27, 2014
A letter to the FCC Chairman from CPB CEO and President Patricia Harrison and Brent Nelsen, the board chair of the CPB spectrum committee, regarding the upcoming spectrum auction and the effects it could have on the public broadcasting system.
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February 22, 2010 - in GN Docket No 09-51
A letter to the FCC providing supplemental information and context on how public media can play an integral role with respect to the three prongs of the National Broadband Plan: improving broadband access and infrastructure; increasing adoption of broadband; and utilizing broadband to serve national purposes.
May 7, 2010 - in GN Docket No 10-25
The paper, submitted by CPB, APTS, PBS, and NPR, lays out the extraordinary and invaluable contribution that public media will make in meeting the country’s information needs in the digital age.
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Innovation in Broadcast Television Bands - Channel sharing - APTS CPB NPR PBS comments filed with FCC
March 18, 2011 - in ET Docket No 10-235
Comments regarding the FCC’s notice of proposed rulemaking on changes to the broadcast television bands and the potential effect each could have on public broadcasting. These proposed changes would impact: allocations, channel sharing, and improvements to very high frequency (VHF) reception.
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January 25, 2013 - in GN Docket No 12-268
Comments regarding the upcoming spectrum auction that urge the FCC to help preserve public broadcasting, as well as suggestions on how to do that.
March 12, 2013 - in GN Docket No 12-268
Comments regarding the incentive auction and repacking process that stress the importance of ensuring all viewers continue to have universal access to services that public television stations provide.
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April 5, 2013 - in GN Docket No 12-268
Comments explaining why using TVStudy, software used to provide analysis of coverage and interference of full-service digital and Class A TV stations, will significantly alter the coverage area and population served for many public TV stations.
May 2, 2013 - in GN Docket No 12-268
Letter to Marlene Dortch, Secretary of the FCC, informing her of an April 30, 2013 meeting between CPB, PBS, APTS, NPR and key FCC staff members to discuss issues of importance to public TV stations in connection with the upcoming spectrum auction.
July 1, 2013 - in GN Docket No 12-268
Letter to Marlene Dortch, Secretary of the FCC, informing her of a June 27, 2013 meeting between Patricia S. Harrison, President and CEO of CPB, Anne Brachman, CPB Director of Government relations, and Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn regarding the upcoming the spectrum auction.
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September 17, 2013 - in GN Docket No 12-268
Letter to Marlene Dortch, Secretary of the FCC, informing her of an April 30, 2013 meeting between CPB, PBS, APTS, NPR and key FCC staff members to discuss issues of importance to public TV stations in connection with the upcoming spectrum auction, including the importance of universal service as it relates to TV translators and white areas.
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November 4, 2013 - in GN Docket No 12-268
Comments to the FCC encouraging the Commission to adopt reimbursement policies and suggested procedures that ensure noncommercial educational television stations are not harmed or burdened by the auction.
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March 18, 2014
Comments to the FCC urging it not to vary the incentive auction by market due to potentially harmful interference between broadcast and wireless operations.
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This report details the CPB-eligible television stations impacted by the repacking of digital television stations following the FCC’s Incentive Auction. The study indicates that approximately 22 CPB-Eligible television stations are co-located with another Full Power TV station or Class A TV station that will be repacked as part of the FCC’s repacking process. These “bystander” stations are impacted, but are not changing channels as part of channel re-assignment and repacking. There are several possible impacts to these stations, ranging from having to go off-air or operate at reduced power for a period of time, to loss of tower space and possible relocation to accommodate the new DTV antennas on the tower structure.
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Potential Impacts To Public Radio Transmission Facilities From Post Auction TV Band Repacking (Updated)
This report details the CPB-eligible radio stations impacted by the repacking of digital television stations following the FCC’s Incentive Auction. The study indicates that approximately 92 CPB-eligible radio stations are co-located with a Full Power TV station or Class A TV station that will be repacked as part of the FCC’s repacking process. There are several possible impacts to these public radio stations, ranging from having to go off-air or operate at reduced power for a period of time, to loss of tower space and possible relocation to accommodate the new DTV antennas on the tower structure.
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Facing the Spectrum Incentive Auction and Repacking Process: A Guide for Public Television Stations and Governing Boards
This guide provides background information on spectrum management, usage and regulation while detailing the effect the spectrum auction could have on the public broadcasting system. The guide also includes issues that each public television station will face when deciding whether or not to participate in the spectrum auction.
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A collection of slides presented to the CPB Board of Directors in December 2013 that address auction context, station decision-making, auction impact drivers, and expected results and potential outcome scenarios of the spectrum auction.
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The memo describes what spectrum is and how it is used. It also explains the upcoming spectrum auction and the implications for public television stations.
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A short description of the rationale for and history of FCC actions related to the planned spectrum incentive auction, with hyperlinks to the FCC’s LEARN program (see below).
A guide to the FCC’s “Learning Everything About Reverse Auctions Now” program for broadcasters, with hyperlinks to many related information resources.
Where Chairman Tom Wheeler and FCC staff members leading the Incentive Auction Task Force have announced the commission’s plans and timetables for key actions related to the spectrum incentive auction and repacking process.
Automatically search the FCC’s online filing system for comments, petitions, oppositions, ex parte filings, etc. concerning the planned spectrum incentive auction (results will display in reverse chronological order, with the most recent listed first).
A partnership between PBS, CPB, APTS, and the AGC to ensure that station insight and effective practices can be shared across the system and that station leaders have an opportunity to learn from, communicate, and collaborate with one another. (This site requires user registration, which is available free to all managers in public television.)
Collected resources on the planned broadcast spectrum incentive auction, including recorded webinars on various topics, contact information for knowledgeable staff at the national organizations, and a list of potential consultants and advisers.