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TV Station Moves


Your Local TV Stations May be Moving.
Here's What You Should Know.

What is happening?
Because of government action , many local stations in your state and district may be moving channels beginning next year and continuing through 2020. This impacts your constituents who watch their local channels over the air with an antenna. These viewers will need to rescan their TV sets at the appropriate times to continue watching TV for free. Some TV stations may go off the air entirely as early as this fall, impacting all viewers.

Why is it happening?
In 2012, Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold an auction to reallocate broadcast airwaves for wireless broadband services. During this process, local TV stations were encouraged to relinquish their airwaves and in turn, the government sold those airwaves to wireless companies and shared a portion of the proceeds with participating TV stations.

The auction recently concluded and the FCC has determined nearly 1,000 remaining TV stations must move channels to make room for wireless carriers. The broadcast stations that relinquished their airwaves may go off the air entirely.

Who is affected?

Seventy million Americans rely on an antenna for free, over-the-air TV and are at risk of losing access to their local channels when TV stations move. Many of these are rural, minority, lower income, senior and millennial viewers. For these viewers broadcast television remains an indispensable source of news, emergency information and entertainment.

Some radio listeners may also be impacted. Radio stations that share a tower with TV stations that are moving may need to reduce power levels or go off the air entirely while tower work is being performed.

How can you help?
Due to the high number of TV stations being relocated, the work and time necessary to complete the moves will far exceed the budget allocated by the Broadcaster Relocation Fund authorized by Congress. Congress should pass legislation to ensure your constituents do not lose access to local television and radio stations during this mandated station relocation due to a lack of funds or unreasonable time constraints for station relocation.

Questions? Email advocacy@nab.org .



Learn how government-mandated TV station moves beginning next year could impact 70 million viewers – including those in your congressional district.




Find out which stations in your congressional district are moving.


Information based on most recent data available from the Federal Communications Commission.




TV Station Moves

Your TV Stations May be Moving.
Here's What You Should Know.

Learn how government-mandated TV station moves beginning next year could impact 70 million viewers – including those in your state and congressional district.


What is happening?
Because of government action , many local stations in your state and district may be moving channels beginning next year and continuing through 2020. This impacts your constituents who watch their local channels over the air with an antenna. These viewers will need to rescan their TV sets at the appropriate times to continue watching TV for free. Some TV stations may go off the air entirely as early as this fall, impacting all viewers.

Why is it happening?
In 2012, Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold an auction to reallocate broadcast airwaves for wireless broadband services. During this process, local TV stations were encouraged to relinquish their airwaves and in turn, the government sold those airwaves to wireless companies and shared a portion of the proceeds with participating TV stations.

The auction recently concluded and the FCC has determined nearly 1,000 remaining TV stations must move channels to make room for wireless carriers. The broadcast stations that relinquished their airwaves may go off the air entirely.

Who is affected?

Seventy million Americans rely on an antenna for free, over-the-air TV and are at risk of losing access to their local channels when TV stations move. Many of these are rural, minority, lower income, senior and millennial viewers. For these viewers broadcast television remains an indispensable source of news, emergency information and entertainment.

Some radio listeners may also be impacted. Radio stations that share a tower with TV stations that are moving may need to reduce power levels for tower work to be completed.

How can you help?
Due to the high number of TV stations being relocated, the work and time necessary to complete the moves will far exceed the budget allocated by the Broadcaster Relocation Fund authorized by Congress. Congress should pass legislation to ensure your constituents do not lose access to local television and radio stations during this mandated station relocation due to a lack of funds or unreasonable time constraints for station relocation.

Questions? Email advocacy@nab.org .

Find out which stations in your congressional district are moving.


Information based on most recent data available from the Federal Communications Commission.