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PBS Encourages FCC to Disperse Additional Repack Funds to Stations

March 13, 2019

by Current

PBS has asked the FCC to give public broadcasters additional financial assistance for repacking channels without “burdensome” added paperwork.

More than 38 million Americans in rural and remote areas watch public television over the air, according to an ex parte letter submitted to the FCC by PBS Assistant General Counsel Talia Rosen. The translators and low-power stations delivering public TV’s signals were initially ineligible for reimbursements for channel repack work following the FCC’s spectrum auction. Wireless provider T-Mobile agreed in June 2017 to cover those costs.