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TELEVISION STATIONS ARE MOVING FREQUENCIES.
FIND OUT HOW.
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By law, TV stations must move frequencies to make room for wireless services. How does this happen? It’s not as easy as you may think...
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To move, a station must assess what new hardware and construction is needed, and determine if the current tower can support the new hardware.
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Coordinate with other stations that may share its tower.
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Order and pay for the hardware. Submit for reimbursement from the government.
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Reinforce its tower if necessary, requiring zoning permits, time and money.
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Have a new antenna designed, manufactured and delivered.
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Contract with one of the few qualified tower crews to make infrastructure improvements.
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Go off air for a short period of time) and hope for good weather (no wind, rain or snow) so tower work can be completed.
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All of this must happen in a short period of time designated by the government or the station may go dark.
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