As a result of the Commission’s successful expedited processing efforts, they have completed our review of, and have granted all applications, except for those requiring international coordination or additional information from the applicant. As a result, they can lift the freeze on the filing of maximization applications twelve weeks earlier than originally anticipated.
Accordingly, we will lift the freeze on the filing of maximization applications immediately, and we encourage stations to file promptly. We believe that the public interest is also served by lifting the freeze on the filing of petitions for rulemaking to allow requests for channel substitutions to the DTV Table at the same time. We will not, at this time, accept petitions for allotment of DTV channels for new stations, or for changes in community of license.