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Some public TV stations may put their frequencies up for auction

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Wireless companies in the U.S. are hungry for more bandwidth. So the federal government is holding a big auction, and inviting TV stations to sell off their broadcast frequencies.

Several Michigan broadcasters are considering it, like WKAR-TV in the Lansing area.

They're holding public forums about what selling their broadcast spectrum frequency could mean for the 1.6 million people in their viewing area.

WKAR-TV could get up to $206 million in the auction, but some concerned viewers say the station is a public service that shouldn't be sold off.

Central Michigan University and Delta College are also considering the auction.  

Tom Bennett, the General Manager at Delta College's WDCQ, sent the following statement through the college's spokesperson:   

"Delta College will reserve its right to participate in the auction by submitting an application to the FCC by January 12. The College can then determine whether it will continue in the process by March 29. Submitting an initial application in January does not commit the College to participate in the auction in March, but it is a necessary step to preserve that option, as well as options for channel sharing and channel frequency changes."

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently covering public health and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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