The Federal Communications Commission unveiled details today on its recently concluded broadcast incentive auction, including the announcement that almost 1,000 stations will have to change channels, TVNewsCheck reports.
“More than $10 billion will go to 175 winning broadcasters that elected to participate in the incentive auction and repurpose their airwaves for mobile use,” the story reports.
Of the non-participating stations, 957 will have to change channels to clear spectrum that was sold to wireless carriers.
“The first group of stations to move channels is scheduled for Nov. 30, 2018,” TVNewsCheck reports. “Stations are required to provide 30 days’ notice, and the FCC is offering information for over-the-air viewers on how to ‘rescan’ their receivers to find new channels at www.fcc.gov/incentiveauctions/consumers.”
The auction reportedly raised $19.8 billion for the government.
“Of the winners, 30 stations will receive money for agreeing to move to a lower channel and 133 others will relinquish their licenses and indicated their intent to remain on air through channel-sharing agreements with non-winning stations,” TVNewsCheck notes.