[opendtv] Re: Transition Begins?

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 14:49:51 -0400

Dale Kelly wrote:

>Bob wrote:
>>Why did they bother with 55? And I wonder if they will now find a 
>>station to move to in the core since it is that or bye bye.
>>John says nothing is available now, are you suggest there may be?
>This is known as a "displacement allocation". Most LPTV licenses are
>secondary to full power allocations, therefore, if an LPTV channel is 
>filed upon and subsequently allocated a full power analog or DTV 
>construction permit, the displaced LPTV owner can file for a 
>replacement channel. Channel 55 was available under the current 
>rules for such allocations, therefore it was issued.
>However, when the DTV transition actually occurs and analog is 
>turned off, other channels will be available for a second wave of 
>low power/full power displacement actions which will occur across 
>the country. Qualicom will then take "operating" ownership of 
>Ch.55 in Santa Barbara.
>This is generally how things work and the FCC follows current rules, 
>however illogical they may sometimes appear to non broadcasters.

Qualcomm is taking 55 NOW! A LPTV station is not protected from 
Qualcomm. There is no wait for anything.

Bob Miller

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