Constraint Files for Repacking

The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology and the International, Media, and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus and the Incentive Auction Task Force have released a preliminary set of constraint files, which represents the results of staff analysis of whether a television station could be assigned to particular channels in the incentive auction repacking process, consistent with statutory and other requirements, based on certain preliminary assumptions. The constraint files consist of two separate files, the “domain file” and the “interference_paired file.” In addition, preliminary data about incumbent licensees in the broadcast television bands has been culled from FCC databases and posted as five separate data files. We are releasing the information in the interest of transparency and to give interested parties the opportunity to provide input regarding aspects of the repacking process.