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MUNCIE, Ind. (November 22, 2015) — Ball State University officials are considering whether to take part in a federal auction of broadcast frequencies that could lead to its public television station going off the air.

The Federal Communications Commission is planning an auction process to free up frequencies for use by wireless broadband companies.

The agency set a maximum of $277 million that the government would pay Ball State to give up WIPB-TV’s license, although experts tell The (Muncie) Star Press (http://tspne.ws/1Nc9js4 ) it is unlikely the university would receive that much.

Ball State spokeswoman Joan Todd says the university isn’t obligated to join the auction despite a Board of Trustees vote this fall authorizing administrators to review their options. The university has until Dec. 18 to submit an application to participate in the auction process.