By letting broadcasters share channels and not relinquish must-carry rights, the commission hopes to entice weak stations to double up (or even triple up) on channels, turn over spectrum to the FCC and participate in the voluntary “incentive” auction.
By Kim McAvoy
TVNewsCheck, April 27, 2012 11:45 AM EDT
The FCC took its first step today toward shifting a large swatch of spectrum from TV broadcast to wireless broadband.
It unanimously approved rules allowing TV stations to share channels while retaining must-carry and other rights that come with owning a full channel.