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William Lake, Chief, Media Bureau - Channel Sharing Workshop

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Released: May 22, 2012

Federal Communications Commission

Channel Sharing Workshop


Bill Lake
Chief, Media Bureau
May 22, 2012

What Is Channel Sharing?

“FCC Shares Channel-Sharing Details” TVTechnology, May 1, 2012

Incentive Auctions Implementation

“Spectrum Act”

Part of Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012,

signed by the President on February 22

Creates incentive auction authority (ability to share auction


Consistent with the vision we laid out in our proposal:

Spectrum contributions will be voluntary

Three options for contributing are included

All 6 MHz

Channel Share

Move from UHF to VHF


Incentive Auctions Implementation

Policy Objectives of Channel Sharing

A way for broadcasters to

Contribute spectrum to the auction

Share auction proceeds

Stay on the air

Channel sharing


Provides a way to help meet our need for spectrum, and


Acknowledges that broadcasting plays an important role in our
nation’s communication infrastructure

Still many unknowns, including how to incorporate channel sharing into

the auction design, but that work is underway and will be shared
publicly as part of our forthcoming NPRMs


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Channel Sharing Order: The Fundamentals

Channel Sharing Order Released on April 27, 2012.


Voluntary arrangements


Flexible capacity sharing


Channel sharers remain separate FCC licensees


Only in connection with the incentive auction at this time


Full power and Class A stations


Applicants and permittees that have completed facility construction


Commercial and NCE stations may channel share


Must carry rights preserved


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