WASHINGTON - September 30, 2016 - America's Public Television Stations (APTS) president and CEO Patrick Butler issued the following statement today on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) draft plan for post-auction repacking:
"America's Public Television Stations appreciate the FCC's timely release of a draft plan for post-auction repacking. We look forward to reviewing the draft plan in detail and providing constructive comments to the Commission. We remain concerned that a 39-month deadline for completion of the repacking process is quite challenging, given the limited number of engineers, tower companies and other expert personnel required to make this transition, but we commend bureau chief Bill Lake and his colleagues for their thoughtful approach to a difficult set of issues."
America's Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct - in concert with member stations - strategic planning, research, communications, advocacy and other activities that foster a strong and financially sound public television system providing essential public services to all Americans. Its affiliate APTS Action, Inc. promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy and through grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner bipartisan political support. For more information, visit www.apts.org.