EOBC: FCC Needs to Fix Class A Calculation Problem

Says TVStudy Software Underestimates Coverage Areas
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The Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition has told the FCC it has identified a problem with its TVStudy software inputs that appears to lowball the coverage areas of Class A TV stations, the low-power TV stations that are allowed to participate in the broadcast incentive auction and whose coverage areas and interference protections the FCC must strive to preserve.

EOBC represents TV stations who are willing to offer up spectrum at the right price, which will be determined in part by the size of their coverage area and its impact on other stations in the repacking, part of the FCC's Rubik's cube of calculations.

In "informal" comments to the FCC, the coalition says the FCC calculations of antenna patterns are off base, and so much so that it will have "a tremendous negative impact on certain Class A TV stations both in the auction and the subsequent repack," says EOBC Executive Director Preston Padden in the filing. "First, it will unfairly reduce compensation for affected stations considering auction participation. Second, it will result in a failure to identify many unacceptable repacking scenarios—leading to real world interference after the auction that will, in some cases, greatly exceed the predictions in TVStudy."

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