Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
Washington, D.C. 20554
September 9, 2013
FCC ANNOUNCES WORKSHOP ON ISSUES SURROUNDING THE REASSIGNMENT OF TV
STATIONS AFTER THE INCENTIVE AUCTION
GN Docket No. 12-286
As part of the Learn Everything About Reverse Auctions Now Program (LEARN), the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) will host a workshop on Monday, September 30, 2013, in
Washington, D.C. Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the two-panel session will focus on issues
surrounding the reassignment of television stations after the incentive auction authorized by Congress in
the Spectrum Act of 2012 (Act).1
The Act establishes a $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund for the Commission to
reimburse costs reasonably incurred by broadcasters who are relocated to new channels when broadcast
spectrum is repacked following the auction.2 In the workshop, panelists will discuss: 1) the categories of
reimbursable costs broadcasters might incur as a result of the repacking; and 2) how broadcasters can
coordinate among themselves to mitigate costs and ensure the most efficient transition to new
The workshop will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters and is free
and open to the public. It also will be streamed live at http://www.fcc.gov/live
. More details about the
event will be provided as the date approaches.
For further information, contact: Kim Matthews at (202) 418-2154 or Kim.Matthews@fcc.gov;
Mary Margaret Jackson at (202) 418-3641 or MaryMargaret.Jackson@fcc.gov; or Pamela Gallant at
(202) 418-0614 or Pamela.Gallant@fcc.gov
. Press contact: Justin Cole at (202) 418-8191 or Justin.Cole@fcc.gov
. For additional information about the broadcast television incentive auction, visit: http://www.fcc.gov/learn
1 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-96, 6402, 6403, 125 Stat. 156 (2012).
2 "Repacking" refers to the process of reorganizing the broadcast television bands in order to free up a portion of the
ultra high frequency (UHF) bands for other uses. See
Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of
Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
, 27 FCC Rcd 12357 (2012) (NPRM).