We know you have a lot of questions about the recent announcement about the outcome of the FCC Spectrum Auction and how that will impact local broadcasters. We have compiled a list of some of the most common questions below. If you do not find an answer to your specific question, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

 

WEDU PBS Contact Information

Contact WEDU locally at (813)254-9338, toll-free at (800)354-9338, or via our online contact form. Visit our contact page for additional information.

 


General Questions

Why is WUSF TV going off the air?

The University of South Florida determined that WUSF TV services did not align with the primary mission of the University and successfully participated in the FCC Spectrum Auction. WUSF TV will go off the air later this year.

WEDU PBS hopes to pick up the PBS programs that WUSF TV currently airs and add them to our schedule over time.  The expanded WEDU schedule will efficiently serve the West Central Florida community with a full array of public television programming.

What will happen to WUSF and WSMR radio?

The FCC Spectrum Auction has no impact on the radio services.

What is a FCC Spectrum Auction?

The incentive auction is a new tool authorized by Congress to help the Commission meet the nation’s accelerating spectrum needs. The broadcast incentive auction itself was comprised of two separate but interdependent auctions ‒ a reverse auction, which determined the price at which broadcasters will voluntarily relinquish their spectrum usage rights; and a forward auction, which determined the price companies are willing to pay for flexible use wireless licenses to deliver high-speed data services. TV stations had a number of options by which they could participate: they could choose to go off the air, share a channel with another station, or move from their current channel to a channel in a different band.

The auction began March 29, 2016. As of January 18, 2017, the auction satisfied the conditions of the “final stage rule,” assuring that the auction will close in the current stage. This means that the auction has repurposed 84 MHz of low-band spectrum, including 70 MHz of licensed spectrum and 14 MHz for unlicensed use.

How will the FCC Spectrum Auction benefit consumers?

Americans’ demand for wireless broadband continues to grow each year. Today, there are more connected devices than there are people living in the U.S., and about 70 percent of Americans use data-hungry smartphones. The incentive auction will align the use of broadcast spectrum with 21st century consumer demands for video and broadband services. At the same time, it will preserve a robust broadcast TV industry while enabling stations to generate additional revenues that they can invest into programming and services to the communities they serve. And by making additional airwaves available for wireless broadband, the incentive auction will benefit consumers by easing congestion on wireless networks, laying the groundwork for “fifth generation” (5G) wireless services and applications, and spurring job creation and economic growth.

We now know that the auction has successfully repurposed 84 MHz of low-band spectrum, including 70 MHz of licensed spectrum and 14 MHz for unlicensed use. Winning broadcasters will receive more than $10 billion while American taxpayers will benefit from the more than $6 billion deposited to the U.S. Treasury for deficit reduction.

Did WEDU PBS participate in the FCC Spectrum Auction?

No. WEDU PBS exists to serve the public good and to aid in the creation of an informed citizenry through quality programming using new technologies and community outreach. WEDU fulfills the needs of individuals for education, information, and culture enabling people and communities to connect, to grow, and to lead more fulfilling lives. WEDU educates, informs and enriches lives and in consideration of this mission, WEDU and WEDU’s board of directors determined participation in the FCC Spectrum Auction was not in the best interest of serving the organization’s mission.

Will I have to do anything in order to continue watching free over-the-air television during or after the transition?

In most cases, no. You will not need to purchase a new receiver as you did during the analog to digital television transition that ended in 2009. If you receive your programming over-the-air, you may need to “rescan” for available TV stations that have moved to a new frequency. The Commission’s transition scheduling plan is designed to limit the number of times viewers in a market would have to rescan to two.

When will these changes take effect?

Some changes will happen quickly and others will happen later in the year. To keep up-to-date, sign up for WEDU’s weekly e-newsletter at www.wedu.org/subscribe. As specific news becomes available, we will also update this FAQ page.

Programming

Will I have to do anything in order to continue watching free over-the-air television during or after the transition?

In most cases, no. You will not need to purchase a new receiver as you did during the analog to digital television transition that ended in 2009. If you receive your programming over-the-air, you may need to “rescan” for available TV stations that have moved to a new frequency. The Commission’s transition scheduling plan is designed to limit the number of times viewers in a market would have to rescan to two.

How will WEDU’s program schedule change?

WEDU hopes to add some of the WUSF TV programs to its current 4 digital channels including a new 24/7 PBS Kids Channel later this year. To keep up-to-date, sign up for WEDU’s weekly e-newsletter at www.wedu.org/subscribe.

How can I find a copy of the new WEDU schedule?

The WEDU channel schedules are available at www.wedu.org/schedule.

What will happen to Doc Martin and the other British programs I enjoyed on WUSF TV?

In order to best serve viewers, WEDU PBS hopes to add these programs and others that WUSF currently airs to the WEDU schedule. To keep up-to-date, sign up for WEDU’s weekly e-newsletter at www.wedu.org/subscribe or visit the online schedule listing available at www.wedu.org/schedule.

My kids love the WUSF Kids Channel! Will WEDU PBS have something similar for them?

Yes. WEDU PBS will add the new 24/7 PBS KIDS channel later this year.

Donor, Membership Questions

I'm a current member of WUSF TV. Will my membership transfer to WEDU PBS?

Yes. WEDU PBS will welcome current WUSF TV members with a complimentary 3 month membership to WEDU. Contact Donor Services for details at 1-800-354-9338, option 2.

What are the different ways I can support WEDU PBS?

As a community-owned and supported public television station, WEDU PBS relies on your support to keep the programming you know and love on the air.

There are many ways to give your financial support from memberships and vehicle donations to designating a planned gift. Visit www.wedu.org/support for complete details or call us at 1-800-354-9338.


Sponsorship Questions

My company sponsors WUSF TV. What will happen to my on-air messages?

If you would like to reach the audience that is served by PBS in West Central Florida by sponsoring programming or community outreach with WEDU PBS, please contact the WEDU PBS Marketing Department at 1-800-354-9338, option 6.

If you have more in-depth questions about your sponsorship of WUSF TV, please contact them at 1-813-974-8623.