The Media Bureau opens MB Docket No. 18-121, which is captioned “Amendment of Parts 0, 1, 5, 73, and 74 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding Posting of Station Licenses and Related Information.”
Ex Parte Rules. Presentations are subject to “permit-but-disclose”ex parte rules. See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1206, 1.1200(a). Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules.
The FCC announced the issuance of a further allocation of the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund in the amount of $742 million to reimburse eligible full power and Class A broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) for expenses related to the construction of station facilities on reassigned television channels. With this further allocation, Eligible Entities have access to a total of $1.742 billion. This represents approximately 92.5 percent of their currently verified cost estimates, but the FCC stressed that individual invoices that are approved for payment are being paid in full (i.e. 100 percent), up to the total amount of the station or MVPD’s allocation.
Technical Amendments and Settlement Agreements Due by June 14, 2018
The FCC identify all proposals for new FM translators filed in the January 25–January 31, 2018, filing window (Auction 100)
that are mutually exclusive with other proposals submitted in the filing window, and announce a limited period for those applicants to enter into settlement agreements or otherwise resolve their mutual exclusivities by means of engineering solutions. This limited settlement period will begin immediately and end on June 14, 2018. Parties seeking to resolve mutual exclusivities must file a technical resolution amendment or a joint request for approval of their settlement agreement between May 24–June 14, 2018 and otherwise comply with the terms of the public notice.