T-Mobile is partnering with FOX Television Stations (FTS) to accelerate the repacking of its 600 MHz spectrum by 16 months and reducing overall costs for the Incentive Auction Relocation fund by tens of millions.
As part of the agreement, WWOR-TV will repack in early 2018, over a year sooner than the originally proposed FCC deadline of August 2019, and will do it for less money. This agreement ensures WWOR-TV viewers maintain access to the programming while T-Mobile enhances wireless coverage and capacity in the New York City area.
This agreement is part of T-Mobile’s broader commitment to work with broadcasters occupying 600 MHz spectrum to assist them in moving to new frequencies. Earlier this year, PBS and America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) announced a partnership with T-Mobile to assist rural translators in the move to new airwaves.
“We’re committed to working with broadcasters across the country to clear 600 MHz spectrum, so we can preserve programming and bring increased wireless choice and competition across the country!” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer at T-Mobile.