RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2007--Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and the Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc. (MSTV), the television industry leader in broadcasting technology and spectrum policy issues, announced a new program that reimburses broadcasters for costs associated with relocating eligible secondary broadcast auxiliary service (BAS) facilities from the 1990-2025 MHz band. Under the terms of the agreement, Sprint will voluntarily reimburse the reasonable expenses of those secondary station licenses, including low power television stations, television translators, and stations operating under the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) so-called 720-hour rule, that establish their eligibility and comply with a series of milestones designed to promote swift transition to the BAS band plan.
"This new program between Sprint Nextel and MSTV demonstrates our shared desire to accomplish this relocation as quickly as possible," said Michael Degitz, Sprint vice president Spectrum Allocation. "Sprint voluntarily agreed to reimburse these additional costs to promote timely completion of the BAS relocation process."
"We are pleased that Sprint has agreed to voluntarily reimburse for costs associated with the relocation for eligible secondary stations and are convinced this step will speed the completion of BAS station relocations. Of course, each station or group must contract individually with Sprint. For many stations, we anticipate this will become part of their current frequency relocation agreement," said David Donovan, president of MSTV.
The FCC recently affirmed that while Sprint is not required to reimburse the costs of relocating secondary broadcast auxiliary service station licenses, it may choose to at the company’s discretion. The agreement between Sprint and MSTV provides specific criteria under which broadcasters can become eligible to receive compensation from Sprint for costs associated with relocating operations to comparable facilities in the revised channel plan.
Broadcasters can review detailed information on the eligibility requirements and intermediate milestones that secondary BAS licensees must meet at www.2ghzrelocation.com. Among other things, low-power television and television translator licensees must submit inventories to Sprint no later than Sept. 14, 2007 and then submit a "deal package" to Sprint no later than Jan. 12, 2008. Additionally, stations operating under the 720-hour rule that do not receive individual licenses from the FCC must provide documentation to Sprint no later than Oct. 30, 2007 that establishes their equipment was purchased before Nov. 22, 2004. The relocation obligations of primary BAS licensees do not change as a result of this new program for secondary BAS licensees.
The 1990-2110 MHz band (2 GHz BAS band) is currently used extensively by the BAS for mobile TV pickup (TVPU) operations, including electronic newsgathering (ENG) operations to cover news and sporting events. In cooperation with the broadcast industry, Sprint Nextel has committed to funding the cost of relocating eligible primary BAS incumbents nationwide from the 1990-2025 MHz band to ensure a timely transition to the new BAS configuration and pave the way for new advanced wireless services.
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Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.6 million customers at the end of the first quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
The Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc. (MSTV) is the leading technical trade association for the television broadcasting industry. With more than 550 members, it has been a leader in the transition from analog to digital television. MSTV has been actively involved in the BAS relocation process. For more information, please visit www.mstv.org.
CONTACT: Sprint Nextel Media: Scott Sloat, 301-951-2816 Scott.Sloat@sprint.com or MSTV David L. Donovan, 202-966-1956 email@example.com SOURCE: Sprint Nextel