South Carolina's ETV Network gets millions from sale

May 25, 2017 - 9:27 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's public broadcasting network is getting at least $35 million for its building needs.

The State newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2rkGF2D) the money comes from the sale of airwave space associated with ETV's Greenville station to the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC then sold the space to wireless and telecommunications companies for $43 million.

ETV plans to use the money for projects over the next several years, including building improvements and transmission tower upgrades.

Legislators working on a compromise version of the $8 billion state budget are considering whether to allow ETV to spend the entire $43 million, or settle for $35 million with the rest going to schools and to buy school buses.

ETV manages 11 TV stations, eight radio stations and an extensive microwave system to connect the stations.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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