Convergence Services Inc., (CSI) worked closely with the executive team at KPBS to provide a 360º due diligence review of its options for participating the the FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction to its governing body, the Board of Trustees of The California State University (CSU) for San Diego State University (SDSU).

CSI produced an extremely detailed white paper, which laid out all of the options available to KPBS for participating in, or abstaining from, the upcoming spectrum auction.

CSI’s white paper looked at a multitude of issues including:

  • The rise in over-the-air (OTA) viewership and the symbiotic relationship that OTA has with over-the-top (OTT) viewership – watching via an online streaming service.
  • The contour signal map for the KPBS station and the issues regarding the Mexican border – both important aspects for repacking purposes and potential channel sharing options.
  • Channel sharing options.
  • Relinquishment options.
  • Disenfranchisement of San Diego and Southern California residents.
  • New and next-generation broadcasting technologies, and how these can and will affect KPBS in the future.
  • Advanced emergency alerting.

CSI enlisted the services of Rajiv Hazaray of Business Analytix to provide detailed business modeling for KPBS. His in-depth analysis produced results that found a strong upside for retaining the spectrum that is currently licensed to  KPBS.

CSI also produced a detailed PowerPoint deck and a high-level executive summary for KPBS to share with the SDSU and CSU respective boards.

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