FCC Broadcast Station Totals for 2017
The FCC released year ending broadcast station totals for 2017 last month. Overall, the station counts have been fairly consistent throughout the year for all of the categories in the report. UHF and VHF Low Power TV stations licensed have decreased slightly at year end, from 1,964 at the end of September to 1,938 at year end 2017.
Musings on Spectrum
AT&T Sells Remaining 600 MHz Spectrum AT&T recently filed a document with the FCC to transfer its 600 MHz holdings to LB License Company, a subsidiary of Columbia Capital. As you may recall, AT&T was the fourth largest bidder - over $910M - during the recent auction of TV Broadcasters’ 600 MHz spectrum licenses. Was the sell-off of the 600 MHz spectrum related to AT&T’s winning of the First Net contract for government first responders? That deal gave AT&T 20 MHz of 700 MHz