FCC's 39-month channel repack timeline is too short, say insiders

Tower crewWireless operators like AT&T (NYSE: T), T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) may be anxious to get their hands on 600 MHz of spectrum that will become available in the upcoming incentive auctions of TV broadcasters' spectrum, but industry experts are concerned that the FCC's 39-month timeframe won't be long enough for the tower workforce to safely complete the antenna installation job.

In its new special report, "Incentive auction channel repack offers big risk, big reward," FierceInstaller looks at the opportunities and potential risks this transition will mean for the tower installation community.

After the TV stations move to new channels following the auctions, a recent Digital Tech Consulting study, commissioned by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), revealed this transition will require 800 to 1,200 stations to install new antennas and RF equipment. What the channel repacking process translates into is a new wave of work for tower crews and equipment manufacturers, a workload that hasn't been seen since the digital TV transition took place in 2009. Check out FierceInstaller's new feature here. 


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