UPDATE Broadcasters urged the FCC this week to be flexible in how the agency reimburses FMs, low-power TV stations and TV translators for repacking expenses. Reply comments were recently due to docket 18-214 on the agency’s proposed catalog of reimbursable expenses, including tower mapping, rigging and new tower construction.
Broadcasters in phase one of the repack must be moved to their new channel by this Friday.
NPR suggested the FCC maximize relief and
minimize obstacles for “innocent bystander” FMs so they can avoid or
reduce the duration of service disruptions to listeners. NPR seeks
flexibility to provide reimbursement for costs not listed in the catalog and expenses that are higher than the suggested ranges.
Some stations may incur costs beyond
the typical purchase of new equipment and tower rigging and
installation, says NPR. Some stations are buying used gear to lower
their Auxiliary site costs while their primary tower sites are
disrupted. NPR is also exploring the possibility of loaning equipment
for this purpose and would like the costs of testing, maintenance and
re-tuning reimbursed. Continue Reading