Article: The "wheels are coming off" the repack

Tower Guy

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Nov 1, 2005
Here in Albany, NY three UHF stations were running less than 10% power for almost two months. This was followed by several weeks of 25%. The STA’s (special temporary authority) do not always reflect the exact power that stations were running. They also shut down completely when the tower crew was working on the tower.
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Oct 19, 2004
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The gubmint just can't resist all that money from the cell phone carriers.


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Aug 7, 2008
Lehighton, Pennsylvania
It is not accurate in many cases to equate interim facilities with poor coverage or with transition delays. Some stations that have not entirely completed their construction may be using interim facilities with little or no decreased coverage or population loss but instead closely match their permitted facilities. Some station’s interim facilities have coverage that is better than the station’s pre-repack facilities and the remaining work to be done is to complete post-auction maximization.
So what the FCC is basically saying is that as long as they're close to full coverage, even though using temp facilities, the FCC includes those stations in the "Completed" figures. How nice. That's what you call "fudging the numbers" or "smoke blowing". :rolleyes:
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Nov 30, 2011
I hope the experiences that broadcasters and the FCC have had during this repack are taken into consideration when deciding to reduce or repack the C-band spectrum.

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