WASHINGTON – December 6, 2013 – Patrick Butler, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), made the following statement in response to the blog posted by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding the Commission’s plans to release the incentive auction rules in the spring of 2014, with the expectation of an auction occurring in mid-2015:
“We are pleased that Chairman Wheeler and the Commission staff will take the time to thoroughly test the proposed operating systems and software associated with the complicated and unprecedented incentive auction. We also appreciate the Chairman’s transparency in sharing this timing with the affected industries.”
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research and communications activities in order to achieve strong and financially sound noncommercial television and advanced digital services for the American people. APTS provides consistent leadership and information that helps our members better accomplish their own missions and goals. Through its affiliate APTS Action, APTS promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy, and grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner congressional support. For more information, visit www.apts.org.