Your TV Station Channels May be Moving.
Here’s What You Should Know.
Courtesy of the National Association of Broadcasters
What is happening?
Because of government action , many local stations in your state and district may be moving channels beginning next year and continuing through 2020. This impacts your constituents who watch their local channels over the air with an antenna. These viewers will need to rescan their TV sets at the appropriate times to continue watching TV for free. Some TV stations may go off the air entirely as early as this fall, impacting all viewers.
Why is it happening?
In 2012, Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold an auction to reallocate broadcast airwaves for wireless broadband services. During this process, local TV stations were encouraged to relinquish their airwaves and in turn, the government sold those airwaves to wireless companies and shared a portion of the proceeds with participating TV stations.
The auction recently concluded and the FCC has determined nearly 1,000 remaining TV stations must move channels to make room for wireless carriers. The broadcast stations that relinquished their airwaves may go off the air entirely.
For More Information go to www.nab.org/TVStationMoves/