• TV Repacking to Impact Land Mobile UHF Licensees
  • May 7, 2018 | Author: Timothy A. Doughty
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • TV station licensees are beginning the repacking process following the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction in 2016. The auction was designed to repurpose spectrum in the 600 MHz band, an underutilized UHF-TV band. With the auction complete, TV station licensees are being moved by the FCC from their current channels in the 600 MHz band to channels in the T Band (470-512 MHz), which are adjacent to UHF Land Mobile users operating systems operating on 450-470 MHz frequencies. The ten-phase repacking process will begin with testing on September 14, 2018 and will end on July 3, 2020. TV station licensees must take steps to mitigate any potential interference. These mitigation efforts will include contacting Land Mobile licensees over the next two years in order to do so. Despite these safeguards, the repacking process could still cause interference to incumbent Land Mobile licensees.