In spectrum auction decisions, weigh the value of public service | Current.org

Under an uneasy truce with broadcasters ahead of the FCC’s 2015 spectrum auctions, government leaders, spectrum dealers and wireless industry promoters are dangling projections of huge cash infusions for public TV stations that opt to sell some or all of their channel capacity.

There’s no doubt that stations in some of the top 10 markets may reap big payoffs if they opt to participate, or that the public TV system could benefit from channel repacking that reduces duplicative signals. But as visions of sugarplums dance in the heads of station executives and their board members, I hope that these stewards of the nation’s noncommercial spectrum also see the bright-red flag that signals “Seller Beware” (caveat venditor in Latin).

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