FCC auction will open up TV frequencies to auction – for wireless providers

Minnesota Public Radio reports…

Tuesday was the deadline for TV stations to apply to have the broadcast frequencies they use sold at auction at the end of March.

The FCC would buy the frequencies and resell them to wireless companies that need more bandwidth. The television stations would then move their transmissions to less desirable frequencies or drop out of the broadcast business entirely.

We don’t know which TV stations in Minnesota have applied, because the FCC is keeping that confidential but a representative from the Minnesota Broadcasters Association thought there were probably a lot.

The auction will open the opportunity for wireless providers to buy spectrum for expansion. (And for TV stations to make money.)

This entry was posted in Policy, Vendors, Wireless by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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