FCC Announces Effective Date Of Rule Governing Notification Of All-Digital Operation On FCC Form 335-AM.

On October 27, 2020, the Commission adopted a Report and Order in its proceeding to allow AM radio licensees to broadcast using an all-digital signal. The All-Digital AM Order was released on October 27, 2020, and published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2020. In the All-Digital AM Order, the Commission amended sections 73.402-406 of the rules to permit AM stations to operate using all-digital broadcast signals. Section 73.406 of the new rules requires licensees to notify the Commission using a Digital Notification form, FCC Form 335-AM, when commencing, making certain changes to, or ceasing all-digital operation. The All-Digital AM Order, and the rules adopted therein, became effective January 4, 2021, with the exception of section 73.406, which contains new information collection requirements and therefore had to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).

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FCC Announces NCE New Station Application Filing Window, November 2, 2021 to Novemeber 9, 2021.

The FCC announces a filing window for applications for noncommercial educational (NCE) FM new station construction permits. The filing window will open at 12:01 am EDT on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, and close at 6:00 pm EST on November 9, 2021. The window is available for FM reserved band (channels 201 – 220) proposals. New applications must be filed electronically on FCC Form 2100, Schedule 340 in the Bureau’s Licensing Management System (LMS). The FCC recently amended its rules and procedures for filing NCE FM applications and selecting and licensing competing NCE FM applications. The Bureau will provide detailed information about filing procedures and requirements by public notice in advance of the filing window.

Minor Change Filing Freeze. A limited application filing freeze will commence on October 5, 2021, and continue until the close of the window. The freeze will include all reserved band minor change applications and amendments, and, due to their potentially preclusive impact on window filings, Channels 221, 222, 223, and (IF channels) 254 – 274 non-reserved band minor change applications and amendments.

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Invoice Filing Deadlines For TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund Reimbursements Begin On October 8, 2021.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau (Bureau) remind eligible entities that filing deadlines to submit all remaining invoices for reimbursement from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund (Reimbursement Fund or Fund) will begin in six months. Entities are strongly encouraged to submit all remaining invoices and initiate close-out procedures as early as possible and are not required to wait for their assigned final invoice filing deadline to initiate close-out procedures. The deadlines help ensure that all eligible invoices are processed and paid, and that entities have sufficient time to complete the Fund close-out procedures prior to July 3, 2023, when any unobligated amounts in the Fund will be rescinded and deposited into the U.S. Treasury. The final invoice filing deadlines are as follows:

October 8, 2021 for Full power and Class A TV stations assigned transition completion dates in phases 1-5

March 22, 2022 for Full power and Class A TV stations assigned transition completion dates in phases 6-10

September 5, 2022 for Low Power TV and TV translator (LPTV/translator) stations, FM stations, and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

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