FCC Spectrum Auction

To free up spectrum space on the airwaves for the growing needs of wireless broadband, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is conducting a Broadcast Television Incentive Auction in Spring 2016 to reallocate a portion of the spectrum from TV broadcasters to mobile providers.

Owners of commercial and non-commercial TV stations across the nation, including Michigan State University as the holder of the broadcast license for WKAR-TV, are being given the opportunity to relinquish the spectrum used by their station in exchange for a payment from the FCC of a portion of proceeds generated from the sale of that spectrum to wireless companies.

Information about Michigan State University, WKAR-TV, and the FCC Spectrum Auction is gathered here as a resource for WKAR members, supporters, viewers and community members.

Lou Anna Simon photo
Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

WKAR-TV will stay on the air in mid-Michigan. MSU President Lou Anna Simon disclosed that yesterday while announcing a new initiative with Detroit Public TV. We talk with President Simon about the factors that led to the decision to keep WKAR-TV and about the proposal involving Detroit Public Television and what it may involve.


MSU Will Not Sell WKAR-TV Spectrum

Jan 12, 2016
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WKAR File Photo

A  movement opposing a possible sale of WKAR-TV spectrum has strengthened noticeably in recent days.

Participants are upset over the chance Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon will decide to participate in a federal auction of that broadband spectrum that could lead to an end of over-the-air WKAR-TV broadcasting.  

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with two members of that opposition.

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w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

On Jan. 4, 2016, WKAR-TV hosted the first of two public forums to provide the community with information about the upcoming FCC Broadcast Television Incentive Auction, and the possible impact for WKAR-TV and mid-Michigan viewers. Here in two parts* is the audio from that forum.

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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions MSU and WKAR have received about the FCC auction and WKAR-TV.

Rich Weingartner in radio studio
Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

Viewers of WKAR-TV learned recently there’s a chance the station could stop broadcasting in 2016. MSU will decide soon whether to offer the station’s broadband spectrum in a federal auction that could make millions of dollars for the University. We talk with stakeholders about the upcoming decision.


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FCC

Here is a collection of links related to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadcast Incentive Auction. Please check this page periodically, as we'll add relevant links when appropriate.

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WKAR-MSU

WKAR hosts public forums to provide the community with information about the upcoming FCC Broadcast Television Incentive Auction, and the possible impact for WKAR-TV and mid-Michigan viewers.

tower seen against blue sky and clouds
WKAR-MSU

WKAR will host public forums on Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 to provide the community with information about the upcoming FCC Broadcast Television Incentive Auction, and the possible impact for WKAR-TV and mid-Michigan viewers.

Lou Anna Simon in radio studio
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University has the opportunity to auction off valuable broadband spectrum and make millions of dollars, but it could mean fewer options for viewers of WKAR-TV channels. Current State talks with President Lou Anna Simon about her considerations before deciding whether to participate.