NAB: FCC Trying to Put Lipstick on Repacking Pig

Tells Commission to Address Key Auction Framework Problems
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In a filing Wednesday, the National Association of Broadcasters told the FCC there are three "threshold" issues the commission must address as it considers petitions to reconsider its May broadcast incentive auction framework.

NAB did not file a petition, instead going directly to court with its challenge. But affiliate associations, broadcast groups and the Radio-Television Digital News Association did file petitions, and NAB used the opportunity to comment on the petitions to make its voice heard.

NAB said the three big problems with the order are:

1, "The Commission currently is taking no upfront steps – literally not one – to ensure that it does not repack more stations than it can reimburse. In fact, the FCC’s repacking simulations show an average of more than 1300 stations being repacked to clear 84 MHz of spectrum. By any calculation, that means that broadcasters will easily deplete the $1.75 billion fund established by Congress." NAB says it will probably cost more like $2.6 billion to repack that many stations that 84. And the FCC has targeted as much as 120 MHz for reclamation, though that is an outside estimate not likely a realistic one. Partial reimbursement won't cut it, he says.

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