NAB: FCC Lowballed Population Losses in Repacking

Look Beyond Interference Protections to Viewership Losses Due to Channel Moves
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National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith and other NAB execs met with FCC Commissioners and FCC staffers  to argue that the post-incentive auction population coverage losses TV stations would experience according to FCC scenarios "does not represent the true impact of repacking on broadcasters and their millions of viewers."

That is according to an ex parte notice of the Oct. 10 meetings and an accompanying presentation NAB made in those meetings ( in advance of Friday's planned vote on interference protections related to TV station repacking after the broadcast incentive auctions.

Specifically, the item is a Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking "to address aggregate broadcaster-to-broadcaster interference and the methodology for predicting interference between broadcast and wireless operations in the same or adjacent channels in nearby markets during and following the Incentive Auction."

An FCC spokesperson had no comment on the presentation or NAB's suggestion the commission's numbers were off.

Read more at B&C here.