Wireless Industry News » T-Mobile Pledges to Cover Repack Costs for PBS TV Translators
T-Mobile, PBS and America's Public Television Stations (APTS) reached an agreement whereby the carrier pledged to pick-up repack costs for local public television low-power translators. T-Mobile did not name a specific cost figure yesterday, however PBS and APTS said the money could go towards keeping service for up to 38 million viewers in rural markets.
Commercial and non-commercial television stations must give their cost estimates to change channels and also file construction permit applications by July 12. TV translators displaced by the auction that must move are not covered in the $1.75 billion the FCC has set aside for repack reimbursement funds. PBS and APTS call TV translators “critical infrastructure” that’s “essential for extending the reach of TV broadcast signals deep into rural America.” Read More