- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California public broadcasting station will receive $72 million for changing its channel.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/2lLNzb2 ) that Sonoma County’s station KRCB announced Monday that it will receive the windfall under an agreement that is part of a national effort to free up airwaves for the wireless telecom industry.

When the agreement takes effect next year, KRCB will continue to broadcast on Channel 22 but will stop doing so by UHF transmission, meaning it will only reach Sonoma County, not larger portions of the North Coast.

The money comes from a 10-month auction organized by the Federal Communications Commission. Participating commercial and public stations agreed to give up their spots on the broadcast spectrum to wireless providers such as AT&T; and Verizon.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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