A good article from the Gran Diario de México, El Universal, about the new plans for the Radio Centro package and an interview with Alejandro Navarrete of the IFT. Some highlights:
Different processes for different concession types: "What we have to remember is that public and social [use concessions] are not auctioned off, they are direct assignments, so they use a different mechanism; when we talk about bidding processes, we're only talking about commercial concessions."
And yes, we could get new noncommercial stations from this: "So government institutions and other organizations can participate? That's correct. We'll make the evaluation and depending on the availability of the channels that we have, we will decide how to assign them, if they will be for commercial, public or social use.
If it's a very concentrated market, it will probably be more attractive to bring in new commercial competition; if it's a market that's more diversified in competition and we have public or social use requests, there the evaluation could tilt in favor of those last two types."
A national network, under the IFT's definition, reaches 30% of the population in each of Mexico's 32 federal entities. Navarrete explains that can be done with fewer than 40 stations, depending on the combinations utilized.
New border stations are a possibility: "Have you thought about including the country's largest cities, including border areas? Yes; in fact, it's part of what we've been negotiating, a very complicated negotiation with the FCC in the United States, exactly to allow for the possibility of having more than one available channel in big cities including those on the border."