Expert: Rural TV service is threatened by repacking plan

06/10/2013 | Broadcast Engineering

The repacking of TV stations after the federal incentive spectrum auction has strong potential to disrupt over-the-air reception, especially for viewers in the mountainous West, where full-power stations get a boost from translators and low-power outlets. "We believe that under the best of circumstances, some service is going to be lost, and if it isn't the best of circumstances, quite a lot of service will be lost in rural areas," said Byron St. Clair, president of the National Translator Association.

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