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William Lake, Chief, Media Bureau - Channel Sharing Workshop

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Released: May 22, 2012

Federal Communications Commission
INCENTIVE AUCTION IMPLEMENTATION

Channel Sharing Workshop

Introduction

Bill Lake
Chief, Media Bureau
May 22, 2012

What Is Channel Sharing?

“FCC Shares Channel-Sharing Details” TVTechnology, May 1, 2012 www.tvtechnology.com
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“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

proceeds)

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

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Policy Objectives of Channel Sharing

A way for broadcasters to


Contribute spectrum to the auction


Share auction proceeds


Stay on the air

Channel sharing

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

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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.

1.

Voluntary arrangements

2.

Flexible capacity sharing

3.

Channel sharers remain separate FCC licensees

4.

Only in connection with the incentive auction at this time

5.

Full power and Class A stations


Licensees


Applicants and permittees that have completed facility construction

6.

Commercial and NCE stations may channel share

7.

Must carry rights preserved

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