In March of 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started an auction designed to repurpose public airwaves for new uses. The intent being to align the airwaves with consumer demands for faster, higher capacity mobile video and broadband services. The bidding ended in March of 2017 and since then the FCC has released a public notice closing the auction and beginning a 39-month transition period. During that time, some broadcast television stations will change their channels, share channels with another television station, or go off the air. The transition, for the stations involved will be done over 10 phases, see below for phase schedule. Note - this is for over-the-air stations where service is received via an antenna.