Lawmakers Hear That Pubcasters Need Additional $50M For Auction Repack
Lawmakers hear that pubcasters need additional $50M for auction repack
Pat Butler, president of America’s Public Television Stations, told a Capitol Hill subcommittee Thursday that Congress is “our only hope” for an additional $50 million to help noncommercial stations repack after this year’s spectrum auction.
Public broadcasters have requested $336.6 million from the FCC for repacking, which is affecting 148 public stations. All broadcasters asked for a total of $2.1 billion, exceeding the $1.75 billion initially allocated by Congress for the work.
“As we now know, and as both public and commercial broadcasters predicted at the time, that’s still not enough,” Butler told the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the …