thenewdc, I would not count on that...
Here are several other scenarios I can think of which can play out for LPTV stations across the country...
1. FCC notifies an LPTV station that they have to move. Assumption here is the FCC deems some other station will experience unacceptable interference by whatever the criteria they use.
a.) upon notification they can have the FCC find them a new channel with acceptable interference levels.
b.) Or upon notification they can mitigate predicted interference on their existing channel, by making changes to technical parameters.. Such as reducing Power, Reducing antenna height, changing antenna patterns, or changing physical location altogether to another location (up to 30 Miles). Basically any combination of above that reduces the interference to an acceptable level.
c) They can also choose a new channel on their own without the FCC's assistance. As long as they can "show their work", proving
it won't cause unacceptable interference.
2. FCC Never notifies them, which would imply there is no risk of unacceptable interference. In which case they would do nothing and remain where they are.
There are probably more options, those are just some things that come to mind.
The key here is that unlike Full Power and Class A stations, LPTV stations are under no obligation to replicate their existing coverage.
They can pretty much do whatever they want (or can afford) within the regulations, they may even choose to accept interference from some other full power stations as long as it doesn't harm a Full Power or Class station.
Side note... I have not seen or heard of a list of displaced LPTV stations yet, has anyone else?
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