FCC to accelerate Puerto Rico, USVI 600MHz switchover

Monday 15 January 2018 | 14:29 CET | News

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a request from 20 broadcast TV stations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to accelerate the frequency reassignment timetable relating to last year’s 600 MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction. The aim is to assist TV broadcasters in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria by allowing them to vacate the spectrum as of 01 August 2018 instead of the initial deadline of 21 June 2019 so that they can use their post-auction channel more quickly. “The bottom line is that residents of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will be able to access emergency communications and other valuable broadcast content sooner as a result of this decision,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

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