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No end in sight for blacked-out viewers of local broadcast TV stations

Local broadcast channels never want to lose local viewers, but it may be difficult to convince over-the-air viewers of WISC-TV (Ch. 3) and WMSN-TV (Ch. 47) of that.

While some channels, like WIFS (Ch. 57) and WHA-TV (Ch. 21) are no longer affected by an effective blackout, viewers have been unable to watch the local CBS and Fox affiliates for months as the stations complete FCC-mandated work. Frustrations are growing, according to a Wisconsin State Journal story.

The changes were originally supposed to be completed in September and later the completion date was pushed back to early December, but now University Research Park, which is overseeing the project at 453 S. Pleasant View Road, is apparently no longer working with the original power crew and is actively looking for a replacement.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required the channels to change their frequencies on Oct. 18 to make room for new wireless services, namely 5G.

Related: https://www.ibmadison.com/In-Business-Madison/October-2019/Over-the-air-TV-viewers-struggling-with-tower-work/

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Jan 2, 2020 04:18 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

July 2017 the FCC bench-marked the project in ten phases with national completion by July 2020.
The Channel 'Repacking' schedule may have looked good on paper.....not going to happen. It's one thing to 'assign/award' new frequencies....another to build and transition new transmitters and towers.
No problem.....I hear the FCC is all over this :-) .
Badgers are done now......but will we miss another Packer game on the 12th?.....looks like it may be on Fox 47 which would make it unwatchable (again) for many of us.

Jan 15, 2020 12:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

At the rate the tower work for channels 3 and 47 are going, I guess we'll have to wait for the annual progress update, unless viewers of channels 15 or 27 can coax them into doing a little investigative reporting of their semi-muted competitors...

Any chance of someone nearby setting up a 24/7 "Progress Cam" live feed? :)

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