Public Safety And Homeland Security Bureau Provides Instructions On How To Register For The 2017 EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) Using The FCC’s Commission Registration System (CORES)

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) notifies all Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants that they must create an FCC Username (Username) within the FCC’s Commission Registration System (CORES) to access the 2017 EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS). This Public Notice provides information on how to create a Username and associate FCC Registration Numbers (FRNs) to that Username within CORES.The Bureau will release a Public Notice in July announcing the availability of Form One of the ETRS, and the date by which EAS Participants will be required to have updated their Form One information in the ETRS.

Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Set Forth Tools Available To LPTV/Translator Stations Displaced Prior To The Special Displacement Window.

In the LPTV Procedures Public Notice , the Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau described procedures for a Special Displacement Window for operating low power television, analog-to-digital replacement translator, and TV translator stations (referred to collectively as “LPTV/translator stations”) that are displaced as a result of the broadcast incentive auction (Auction 1000) and repacking process.

  1. This Public Notice sets forth tools available to LPTV/translator stations that are displaced prior to the opening of the Special Displacement Window. Such displacement could occur as a result of new 600 MHz Band wireless licensees commencing operations or conducting first field application (FFA) testing on their licensed 600 MHz spectrum prior to the opening of the Special Displacement Window. The tools listed below can be used to permit displaced stations to continue providing service to viewers with as little disruption as possible.

Incentive Auction Task Force and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Grant 600 MHz Licenses.

On April 13, 2017, the FCC completed the auction for new 600 MHz licenses. This auction, which was designated Auction 1002, raised (in net bids) a total of $19,318,157,706, with 50 bidders placing winning bids for a total of 2776 licenses. The FCC long-form applications (FCC Form 601) of 11 applicants were accepted for filing on May 18, 2017.

FCC Regional Coordinators to support broadcasters in the repacking effort.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau announce the assignment of Regional Coordinators to support broadcast television stations moving to new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction transition period. The Bureau is committed to ensuring a smooth and efficient post-auction transition. To enhance its ability to closely monitor the progress of the repack and to facilitate coordination among stations, each station that will transition to a new channel has been grouped into one of 10 geographically-based regions.

Each Regional Coordinator is listed in the Public Notice along with the list of stations in their region. 

Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines for Main Studio Rule NPRM

On May 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission adopted and released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Matter of Elimination of Main Studio Rule(the NPRM). In the NPRM, the Commission proposes to eliminate its rule requiring each AM, FM, and television broadcast station to maintain a main studio located in or near the station’s community of license. The Commission set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments at 30 and 45 days, respectively, after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register.

FCC Announces Filing Window for New FM Translators for AM Broadcasters

The FCC announces the next step in the AM revitalization efforts that began in the Commission’s 2015 First Report and Order. Starting on July 26, 2017, we will open an auction filing window to allow the licensees of Class C and D AM stations – those having the least power and/or the most limited (or nonexistent) nighttime service, and which did not participate in either of the 2016 modification windows – to file applications to establish new FM translator stations to re-transmit their signals on a full time basis.