Post-Incentive Auction – 2nd Priority Window Announced

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

The FCC has announced a second priority filing window for all stations making a post-auction channel change. Eligible stations may make pattern changes and increase power in this window, subject to the interference rules. In addition, stations that were not re-packed to different channels have an opportunity to make a filing to modify their facilities if the interference received from post-auction stations exceeds certain levels.

The filing window will open October 3rd and close on November 2nd at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Although situations will vary by market, it is very likely that this window will be the only opportunity for stations to seek substantial facility modifications (including increases in power) for the next several years. Equipment and facility needs that go beyond replicating a station’s pre-auction facility will not be reimbursable.