On November 20, 2017, the FCC released the Next Gen TV Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Next Gen TV Order and Next Gen TV Further Notice). In the Next Gen TV Further Notice, the Commission seeks comment on additional issues related to exceptions to and waivers of the local simulcasting requirement, seeks comment on whether they should let full power broadcasters use channels in the television broadcast band that are vacant to facilitate the transition to ATSC 3.0, and tentatively concluded that local simulcasting should not change the significantly viewed status of a Next Gen TV station. The Federal Register published a summary of the Next Gen TV Further Notice on December 20, 2017. Accordingly, comments must be submitted no later than February 20, 2018, and reply comments must be submitted no later than March 20, 2018. Commenters must follow the filing instructions provided in the Next Gen TV Further Notice, which is available on the FCC’s website.
Posted: December 21, 2017