MSU holding a public meeting to discuss possible WKAR spectrum sale

EAST LANSING, MI. (WLNS) – The whole world is going wireless and that’s creating a greater need for space on the wireless broadband spectrum.

Much of that space is taken up by television broadcasts and typically the Federal Communication Commission doesn’t allow that space to be bought and sold.

However the FCC will hold an auction in the spring that will allow TV broadcasters to sell off their space on the spectrum to mobile providers.

Monday evening Michigan State University will talk to the public as it decides whether to participate.

According to the university, the MSU Board of Trustees has given President Lou Anna K. Simon the power to decide whether to put WKAR’s television spectrum up for sale.

Selling the spectrum could bring in more than $200 million.

This would mean WKAR television would go off the air but would still have the option of producing content online. WKAR radio would not be affected.

Before the decision is made President Simon plans to hold two meetings to get feedback from the public.

The first is meeting is Monday night in room 147 of the MSU Communication Arts Building on Wilson Road at 7p.m.

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