In keeping with the FCC’s policy to keep information on non-winning bids in the reverse auction private for two-years, it has now released certain information related to the non-winning bids. The information can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/auction/1001. For additional information see the Public Notice.
Month: April 2019
FCC Proposes To Modernize The Rule For OTARD
The FCC is proposing to modernize the rule for over-the-air reception devices (OTARD) to facilitate the deployment of modern fixed wireless infrastructure. See Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for additional details.
Media Bureau Implements LMS Electronic Filing For Radio Stations
Media Bureau announces it is commencing the transition of electronic filing of radio station applications and pleadings from the current Consolidated Data Base System (CDBS) to the LMS online electronic filing system. During this transition, the Media Bureau will convert all existing CDBS forms to an LMS format, will transition the filing of comments and pleadings to LMS and will initiate the release of public notices for radio station applications and pleadings through LMS.
Although the Media Bureau intends to transition all applications and pleadings for radio stations to LMS over the next several months, the first phase of this transition commencing May 1, 2019, only applies to radio station license renewal applications to be filed during the upcoming license renewal cycle. That cycle will commence on June 1, 2019, for radio stations in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. See Public Notice for further details.
Media Bureau Waives Certain Quarterly Post-Auction Transition Progress Report Filing Requirements
Stations assigned to new channels as part of the post-Incentive Auction repacking process are required to file Post-Auction Transition Progress Reports using FCC Form 2100, Schedule 387, electronically in LMS at various times during the transition process. Reports must be filed quarterly (Quarterly Report) no later than January 10, April 10, July 10, and October 10 each year. Reports must also be filed 10 weeks before a station’s phase completion date (10-Week Report). The 10-Week Report filing deadline for stations in Phases 3, 5, and 8 are April 12, 2019, June 28, 2019, and January 3, 2020, respectively. As a practical matter, the close proximity of the Quarterly Report and 10-Week Report deadlines during Phases 3, 5, and 8 renders them duplicative. The Media Bureau therefore waived the filing of Quarterly Reports for stations whose phase completion date falls within those three phases. Specifically, we waive the filing of the Quarterly Report due on April 10, 2019, for Phase 3 stations, the Quarterly Report due on July 10, 2019, for Phase 5 stations, and the Quarterly Report due on January 10, 2020, for Phase 8 stations. Such stations will continue to be required to file their 10-Week Reports on the applicable due