FCC News

FCC no longer requires broadcasters to post licenses.

The Commission adopts a Report and Order that eliminates certain rules which require local posting and maintenance of broadcast licenses and related information in specific locations. See Report and Order for details.

Second further notice of proposed rulemaking in the revitalization of AM radio service.

This Second Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making, as part of the FCC’s ongoing effort to assist AM broadcast stations in providing full-time service to their local communities, sets forth revised alternative proposals regarding interference protection to Class A AM radio stations. The Commission, in the Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making in this proceeding, … Continue reading “Second further notice of proposed rulemaking in the revitalization of AM radio service.”

Media Bureau announces information webinar for Broadcast Incubator Program.

The Media Bureau announced an upcoming webinar to provide information about the Commission’s recently implemented radio broadcast incubator program. The Commission’s novel incubator program is designed to support new and small entrants in the radio broadcasting industry by pairing potential new entrants or struggling small broadcasters with larger more experienced broadcasters. The free webinar will … Continue reading “Media Bureau announces information webinar for Broadcast Incubator Program.”

Two-week extension of filing window for earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band.

The FCC announced a two-week extension, through October 31, 2018, to the filing window for fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations currently operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz frequency band. The Bureau had previously announced that the filing window for earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band would close on October 17, 2018. However, due to the … Continue reading “Two-week extension of filing window for earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band.”

Reminder for Earth Station Operators in 3.7-4.2 GHz band, application filing window closes October 17, 2018.

The FCC’s International Bureau is reminding operators with fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band that were constructed and operational as of April 19, 2018 that the filing window to license or register such earth stations closes on October 17, 2018. Additionally, the Bureau encourages operators who were licensed or registered as … Continue reading “Reminder for Earth Station Operators in 3.7-4.2 GHz band, application filing window closes October 17, 2018.”

Post-Auction transition requirements and deadlines reminder.

The FCC released a Public Notice reminding involved broadcasters of the the approaching testing period start date of September 14, 2018 for the initial transition phase of the post-incentive auction transition. The Media Bureau is also reminding repacked stations of upcoming deadlines, application filing obligations, and notice requirements, and provide additional guidance concerning transition matters, … Continue reading “Post-Auction transition requirements and deadlines reminder.”

Media Bureau extends deadline for Auction 83 long form filing window.

The Media Bureau announces that the deadline for filing Form 349 applications for winning bidders from Auction 83 will be extended from August 8, 2018, until August 10, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EDT. The Auction 83 long-form application window is currently open and scheduled to close August 8, 2018. This comes after technical issues occurred with … Continue reading “Media Bureau extends deadline for Auction 83 long form filing window.”

Comment and reply comment dates set for update to Kid Vid Rules

On July 13, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to update the children’s television programming rules.  The Commission set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments at 60 and 90 days, respectively, after publication of the NPRM in the Federal Register. Those dates are: Comment Deadline: September 24, … Continue reading “Comment and reply comment dates set for update to Kid Vid Rules”

Media Bureau seeks comment on the status of competition in the marketplace for delivery of audio programming.

The FCC is requited to compile a Communications Marketplace Report to assess the state of competition in the communications marketplace, including competition to deliver audio service among broadcast stations, satellite radio, and entities that provide audio content via the internet and to mobile devices.The FCC is seeking input on the state of competition in the … Continue reading “Media Bureau seeks comment on the status of competition in the marketplace for delivery of audio programming.”

FCC proposes streamlined FM translator interference complaint and remediation procedures

Update: Media Bureau extends comments and reply comments deadline to September 5, 2018. See attached Order for additional details. The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to streamline FM translator interference complaint and remediation procedures. FM translator stations simultaneously rebroadcast the signal of a primary AM or FM station or another FM translator … Continue reading “FCC proposes streamlined FM translator interference complaint and remediation procedures”

19 bidders qualified to bid in Auction 99

The FCC identifies 19 applicants found to be qualified to bid in the upcoming auction of up to 12 new cross-service FM translator construction permits (Auction 99). Bidding in Auction 99 is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. See Public Notice for further information.

FCC Opens Docket Regarding Rules For Posting Of Station Licenses

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 … Continue reading “FCC Opens Docket Regarding Rules For Posting Of Station Licenses”

Media Bureau Opens Docket Regarding Commission’s Rules For FM Translator Interference

The Media Bureau opens MB Docket No. 18-119, which is captioned “Amendment of Part 74 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding FM Translator Interference.” 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 … Continue reading “Media Bureau Opens Docket Regarding Commission’s Rules For FM Translator Interference”

Temporary Freeze On Satellite Earth & Fixed Microwave Station Applications

TEMPORARY FREEZE ON APPLICATIONS FOR NEW OR MODIFIED FIXED SATELLITE SERVICE EARTH STATIONS AND FIXED MICROWAVE STATIONS IN THE 3.7-4.2 GHz BAND. 90-DAY WINDOW TO FILE APPLICATIONS FOR EARTH STATIONS CURRENTLY OPERATING IN 3.7-4.2 GHz BAND The FCC announced a temporary freeze effective on April 19, 2018, on the filing of new or modification applications … Continue reading “Temporary Freeze On Satellite Earth & Fixed Microwave Station Applications”

Media Bureau Announces Additional $742 Million Post-Auction Repack Funds For Eligible Broadcasters

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 … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces Additional $742 Million Post-Auction Repack Funds For Eligible Broadcasters”

Settlement Period Announced For Cross-Service FM Translator Mutually Exclusive Applications For Auction 100

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 … Continue reading “Settlement Period Announced For Cross-Service FM Translator Mutually Exclusive Applications For Auction 100”

Media Bureau Announces Auction 99 FM Translator Filing Window For Long-Form Applications.

The Media Bureau announced a window, open from March 14, 2018, to March 28, 2018, for the filing of FM translator new station construction permit applications for the 165 “Tech Box” proposals listed in Attachment A. This window is limited to timely filed Tech Box proposals that the bureau has identified as not mutually exclusive … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces Auction 99 FM Translator Filing Window For Long-Form Applications.”

Comment & Reply Dates Extended For The National TV Audience Reach Cap.

Comment and Reply Dates Extended for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Modify or Eliminate the National Television Audience Reach Cap and UHF Discount. The Media Bureau extends the deadlines for comments and reply comments in the above-captioned rulemaking proceeding until March 19, 2018, and April 18, 2018. On December 14, 2017, the Commission adopted a … Continue reading “Comment & Reply Dates Extended For The National TV Audience Reach Cap.”

Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce Post-Incentive Auction Special Displacement Window April 10 2018 Through May 15, 2018 And Make Location And Channel Data Available.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau has provided sixty days advance notice of the opening of a displacement application filing window for low power television (LPTV), TV translator stations, and analog-to-digital replacement translators (DRT) (referred to collectively as “LPTV/translator stations”) that were displaced by the incentive auction and repacking process (Special Displacement … Continue reading “Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce Post-Incentive Auction Special Displacement Window April 10 2018 Through May 15, 2018 And Make Location And Channel Data Available.”

Incentive Auction Task Force Announce Site Visit Validation Of TV Station Baseline Equipment

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau hereby announced a program to visit the facilities of a statistically valid sample number of broadcast television stations that are eligible for reimbursement from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund to validate the existence and functionality of baseline equipment. This program supports the Commission’s responsibility as a prudent … Continue reading “Incentive Auction Task Force Announce Site Visit Validation Of TV Station Baseline Equipment”

John Kean presents at the 2017 IEEE Broadcast Technology Symposium

John Kean of Cavell Mertz & Associates presented a paper on Antenna Radiation Pattern Measurement with a Drone at the 2017 IEEE Broadcast Technology Symposium in Washington DC on October 12,2017. The presentation focused on the history of RF signal strength measurements and the recent advances in technology allowing the use of Unmanned Arial Systems … Continue reading “John Kean presents at the 2017 IEEE Broadcast Technology Symposium”

Media Bureau Freezes The Filing Of Minor Change Applications For LPTV/Translator Stations.

Effective immediately, the FCC Media Bureau will no longer accept for filing applications for minor changes for low power television and TV translator stations (referred to collectively as “LPTV/translator stations”). This action will help to provide a stable database for eligible LPTV/translator stations to identify and apply for available channels in an upcoming displacement window.

Media Bureau Announces Comment Dates For Next Generation Television Further Notice. Comments Must Be Submitted No Later Than February 20, 2018.

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 … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces Comment Dates For Next Generation Television Further Notice. Comments Must Be Submitted No Later Than February 20, 2018.”

The FCC Adopts An NPRM Seeking Comment On Whether To Modify, Retain Or Eliminate The 39 percent National Audience Reach Cap And/Or The UHF Discount Used By Broadcast Television Station Groups To Calculate Compliance With The Cap.

The FCC is seeking comment on the national television audience reach cap, including the discount afforded to UHF stations. The national television audience reach cap limits entities from owning or controlling television stations that, in the aggregate, reach more than 39 percent of the television households in the country. Earlier this year, the FCC reinstated … Continue reading “The FCC Adopts An NPRM Seeking Comment On Whether To Modify, Retain Or Eliminate The 39 percent National Audience Reach Cap And/Or The UHF Discount Used By Broadcast Television Station Groups To Calculate Compliance With The Cap.”

Freeze On FM Translator And Low-Power FM Station Minor Change Applications And FM Booster Applications January 18 – January 31, 2018.

The Media Bureau (MB) and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) announce details and filing instructions for the second filing window opportunity to apply for new cross-service FM translator station construction permits. This filing window will be open to any AM station licensee that did not participate in either of the 2016 FM translator modification windows … Continue reading “Freeze On FM Translator And Low-Power FM Station Minor Change Applications And FM Booster Applications January 18 – January 31, 2018.”

FCC adopts a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking authorizing television broadcasters to use the Next Generation television transmission standard (ATSC 3.0) on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

The FCC authorizes television broadcasters to use the “Next Generation ” broadcast television (Next Gen TV) transmission standard, also called “ATSC 3.0” or “3.0 ,” on a voluntary, market-driven basis. This authorization is subject to broadcasters continuing to deliver current-generation digital television (DTV) service, using the ATSC 1.0 transmission standard, also called “ATSC 1.0 ” … Continue reading “FCC adopts a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking authorizing television broadcasters to use the Next Generation television transmission standard (ATSC 3.0) on a voluntary, market-driven basis.”

Media Bureau Temporarily Lifts The Freeze On The Filing Of Minor Modification Applications That Expand The Contour Of Full Power And Class A Television Stations From November 28 Through December 7, 2017.

The Media Bureau is temporarily lifting the freeze imposed on April 5, 2013 on the filing and processing of minor modification applications that would increase a full power television station’s noise – limited contour or a Class A station’s protected contour in one or more directions beyond the station’s authorized facilities.

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to relieve certain television broadcasters of a reporting obligation relating to ancillary or supplementary services and to update rules requiring public notice of broadcast applications.

The FCC is seeking comment on how to modernize two provisions in Part 73 of the Commission’s rules governing broadcast licensees:Section 73.624(g), which establishes certain reporting obligations relating to the provision of ancillary or supplementary services, and Section 73.3580, which sets forth requirements concerning public notice of the filing of broadcast applications. First, the FCC … Continue reading “The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to relieve certain television broadcasters of a reporting obligation relating to ancillary or supplementary services and to update rules requiring public notice of broadcast applications.”

FCC Eliminates Main Studio Rule

The Federal Communications Commission has eliminated the broadcast main studio rule. The rule required stations to maintain a local or toll-free telephone number to ensure consumers have ready access to their local stations and required each AM radio, FM radio, and television broadcast station to have a main studio located in or near its local … Continue reading “FCC Eliminates Main Studio Rule”

Freeze On The Filing Of Modification Applications To Be Lifted Temporarily To Permit Filing Of Applications To Expand The Contours Of Full Power And Class A Television Stations That Are Not Part Of The Post Incentive Auction Repack Process

The Media Bureau will temporarily lift a freeze imposed on the filing and processing of certain full power and Class A station applications. This action will help ensure the utility of an upcoming application filing window for secondary stations displaced by the incentive auction repacking process by reducing the likelihood that facility modifications awarded in … Continue reading “Freeze On The Filing Of Modification Applications To Be Lifted Temporarily To Permit Filing Of Applications To Expand The Contours Of Full Power And Class A Television Stations That Are Not Part Of The Post Incentive Auction Repack Process”

Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce The Initial Reimbursement Allocation For Eligible Broadcasters and MVPDs.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau (Bureau) announced the issuance of an initial allocation of the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund (Fund) in the total amount of $1 billion to begin to reimburse eligible full power and Class A broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs ) (together, Eligible Entities ), for expenses … Continue reading “Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce The Initial Reimbursement Allocation For Eligible Broadcasters and MVPDs.”

Revitalization Of The AM Radio Service, Third Report And Order. The Commission adopted a Third Report and Order that relaxes or eliminates certain rules pertaining to AM broadcasters employing and maintaining directional antenna arrays.

This Third Report and Order is the latest in a series of orders designed to further the Commission’s efforts to assist AM broadcasters in providing vital radio service to consumers through out the country. By identifying ways to streamline the technical requirements imposed upon AM broadcasters, we free up resources to allow those broadcasters better … Continue reading “Revitalization Of The AM Radio Service, Third Report And Order. The Commission adopted a Third Report and Order that relaxes or eliminates certain rules pertaining to AM broadcasters employing and maintaining directional antenna arrays.”

Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce The Opening Of The Second Filing Window For Eligible Full Power And Class A Television Station — October 3 Through November 2, 2017.

Upon conclusion of the incentive auction (Auction 1000), the Commission initiated a transition period during which the facilities of broadcast television stations that received new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction repacking process will be reauthorized and relicensed. As directed by the Commission, this transition period includes two filing windows for eligible full power and Class … Continue reading “Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce The Opening Of The Second Filing Window For Eligible Full Power And Class A Television Station — October 3 Through November 2, 2017.”

The Media Bureau Opens MB Docket No. 17-231, Amendment of Parts 74, 76 and 78 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding Maintenance of Copies of FCC Rules.

By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau opens MB Docket No. 17-231, which is captioned “Amendment of Parts 74, 76 and 78 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding Maintenance of Copies of FCC Rules.”  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 … Continue reading “The Media Bureau Opens MB Docket No. 17-231, Amendment of Parts 74, 76 and 78 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding Maintenance of Copies of FCC Rules.”

Public Safety And Homeland Security Bureau Reminds EAS Participants Of Upcoming Dates And Deadlines Related To The 2017 Nationwide EAS Test.

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) reminds all Emergency Alert System (EAS) Participants that, as the Bureau announced on July 24, 2017, they are required to participate in a nationwide test of the EAS that is scheduled for September 27, 2017, at 2:20 p.m. EDT. … Continue reading “Public Safety And Homeland Security Bureau Reminds EAS Participants Of Upcoming Dates And Deadlines Related To The 2017 Nationwide EAS Test.”

Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau announce the opening of the first priority filing window for eligible full power Class A television stations from August 9 through September 8, 2017

Upon conclusion of the incentive auction (Auction 1000) , the Commission initiated a transition period during which the facilities of broadcast television stations that received new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction repacking process will be reauthorized and relicensed. As directed by the Commission, this transition period includes a first priority filing window available to certain … Continue reading “Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau announce the opening of the first priority filing window for eligible full power Class A television stations from August 9 through September 8, 2017”

Office of Engineering and Technology Announces Release of Version 2.2.3 of TVStudy.

OET announces the release of updated TVStudy software (Version 2.2.3).  The TVStudy Version 2.2.3 software installation package, the TVStudy 2.2.3 Installation and Upgrade Guide, and the post – auction template XML file (TVStudy 2.2.3 Template) are all available on the TVStudy website at http://www.fcc.gov/oet/tvstudy. As with prior updates, the full list of changes since the … Continue reading “Office of Engineering and Technology Announces Release of Version 2.2.3 of TVStudy.”

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 … Continue reading “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)”

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

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 … Continue reading “Incentive Auction Task Force and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Grant 600 MHz Licenses.”

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 … Continue reading “FCC Regional Coordinators to support broadcasters in the repacking effort.”

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 … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines for Main Studio Rule NPRM”

FCC Proposes To Eliminate Main Studio Rule. Action Would Reduce Regulatory Burdens And Costs For Broadcasters.

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to eliminate the main studio rule, which requires each AM, FM, and television broadcast station to have a main studio located in or near its local community. The FCC also proposes to eliminate the requirement that the main studio have full-time management and staff present during normal business hours, … Continue reading “FCC Proposes To Eliminate Main Studio Rule. Action Would Reduce Regulatory Burdens And Costs For Broadcasters.”

Commission Launches Modernization Of Media Regulation Initiative.

The FCC has initiated a review of its rules applicable to media entities, including television and radio broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite television providers. The objective of this proceeding is to eliminate or modify regulations that are outdated, unnecessary or unduly burdensome. By initiating this review, the Commission takes another step to advance the public … Continue reading “Commission Launches Modernization Of Media Regulation Initiative.”

The Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce Procedures For Low Power Television, Television Translator And Replacement Translator Stations.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau (Bureau), has provided guidance for low power television (LPTV), television translator (TV translator) and analog-to-digital replacement translator (DRT) stations (referred to collectively as “LPTV /translator stations”) regarding the post-auction transition period , which began on April 13, 2017, with the completion of the broadcast television spectrum incentive … Continue reading “The Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce Procedures For Low Power Television, Television Translator And Replacement Translator Stations.”

Amendment Of Section 73.3555(e) Of The Commission’s Rules, National Television Multiple Ownership Rule.

The UHF discount allows commercial broadcast television station owners to discount the audience reach of UHF stations when calculating their compliance with the national television ownership rule. It is thus inextricably linked to the national ownership cap. When the Commission voted to get rid of the discount, however, it failed to consider whether this defacto tightening … Continue reading “Amendment Of Section 73.3555(e) Of The Commission’s Rules, National Television Multiple Ownership Rule.”

FCC Reinstates Pre-August 2016 Status Quo In Broadcaster Marketplace

The Federal Communications Commission voted to reinstate the so-called “UHF discount ” until the Commission can address its national television ownership rule more holistically, in a proceeding to be launched later this year. The action effectively returns the marketplace to the status quo that existed prior to August 2016, whereby stations broadcasting in the UHF … Continue reading “FCC Reinstates Pre-August 2016 Status Quo In Broadcaster Marketplace”

FCC Announces Results Of World’s First Broadcast Incentive Auction

Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the closing of the broadcast incentive auction, which created a first-of-its kind market for repurposing valuable broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use. At $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70MHz of spectrum, the incentive auction is among the highest grossing auctions ever conducted by the FCC. The Commission … Continue reading “FCC Announces Results Of World’s First Broadcast Incentive Auction”

File Formats Available For the Incentive Auction Reverse And Forward Auction Results; Online Tutorial Available For The Immediate Post-Auction Process For The Forward Auction

The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announce the availability of educational materials regarding incentive auction data files for both the reverse auction (Auction 1001) and forward auction (Auction 1002), and the immediate post-auction process for the forward auction. Specifically, the FCC has posted to the Auction 1001 and Auction 1002 websites … Continue reading “File Formats Available For the Incentive Auction Reverse And Forward Auction Results; Online Tutorial Available For The Immediate Post-Auction Process For The Forward Auction”

Procedures For Submitting Financial Information Required For The Disbursement Of Incentive Payments After The Incentive Auction Closes.

This Public Notice provides instructions to full power and Class A broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) who anticipate receiving incentive and/or reimbursement payment(s) following the incentive auction (collectively, Payment Applicants). These instructions describe essential steps that Payment Applicants must take before receiving incentive payments based on winning reverse auction bids or payments from … Continue reading “Procedures For Submitting Financial Information Required For The Disbursement Of Incentive Payments After The Incentive Auction Closes.”

Channel Sharing By Stations Outside The Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Context.

In implementing Congress’s mandate to conduct a broadcast television spectrum incentive auction, the FCC previously established rules to allow full power and Class A stations that relinquish licensed spectrum usage rights in the reverse auction to share a channel with another station. These rules, however, confine channel sharing to auction-related agreements. The FCC also authorized … Continue reading “Channel Sharing By Stations Outside The Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Context.”

FCC Expands Channel Sharing Opportunities For Broadcasters

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order that expands broadcast stations’ ability to share a single TV channel so viewers can continue to receive their broadcast programming. The ability to channel-share is an important component of the FCC’s incentive auction, mandated by Congress in 2012, which provides a voluntary opportunity for full … Continue reading “FCC Expands Channel Sharing Opportunities For Broadcasters”

The Federal Communications Commission expands the site locations where FM translators can rebroadcast AM radio stations effective April 10, 2017

The FCC today expanded the site locations where FM translators can rebroadcast AM radio stations. The amended rule provide s greater flexibility for an AM station to place a rebroadcasting FM translator in a location where it will better serve its AM station’s listeners. AM radio stations that want to improve their service area with … Continue reading “The Federal Communications Commission expands the site locations where FM translators can rebroadcast AM radio stations effective April 10, 2017

The FCC proposes to authorize television broadcasters to use the “Next Generation” broadcast television (Next Gen TV) transmission standard associated with recent work of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (“ATSC 3.0”)

The FCC proposes to authorize television broadcasters to use the “Next Generation” broadcast television (Next Gen TV) transmission standard associated with recent work of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (“ATSC 3.0”) on a voluntary, market -driven basis, while they continue to deliver current -generation digital television (DTV) broadcast service, using the “ATSC 1.0 standard,” to … Continue reading “The FCC proposes to authorize television broadcasters to use the “Next Generation” broadcast television (Next Gen TV) transmission standard associated with recent work of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (“ATSC 3.0”)”

The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announce a workshop on post-auction procedures.

On Monday, March 13, 2017, the Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau will host a public workshop to review procedures related to the post-auction broadcast transition. Following the auction, the Commission will issue a public notice beginning the 39-month period during which some full power and Class A broadcast television stations must … Continue reading “The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announce a workshop on post-auction procedures.”

The Incentive Auction Task Force, with the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus, releases a public notice concerning; Confidential Letters regarding Post-Incentive Auction channel assignments; Limited waiver of prohibited communications rules.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announce that, within the next few days, they will send to each eligible full power or Class A television station that was not a provisionally winning bidder to go off -air at the end of Stage 4 of the reverse auction (Auction 1001) of the broadcast … Continue reading “The Incentive Auction Task Force, with the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus, releases a public notice concerning; Confidential Letters regarding Post-Incentive Auction channel assignments; Limited waiver of prohibited communications rules.”

Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau finalize catalog of reimbursement expenses.

The Commission delegated authority to the Media Bureau to, among other things, develop a catalog of eligible reimbursement expenses (Catalog) to facilitate the process of reimbursing eligible broadcasters and Multi-channel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) from the $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund (Fund). The Catalog is a non-exhaustive list, organized by category, of the equipment … Continue reading “Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau finalize catalog of reimbursement expenses.”

Comments sought on the filing of the transition progress report forms and filing requirements for stations that are not eligible for reimbursement from the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund. Filing deadlines extended.

The Media Bureau extends the filing deadlines for public comment in the pending proceeding proposing to require certain broadcast television stations that are not eligible to receive reimbursement from the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund but must transition to new channels during the post-auction transition period to provide progress reports. The deadlines are extended to provide … Continue reading “Comments sought on the filing of the transition progress report forms and filing requirements for stations that are not eligible for reimbursement from the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund. Filing deadlines extended.

Rescission of March 12. 2014, broadcast processing guidance relating to sharing arrangements and contingent interests.

This Public Notice rescinds, in its entirety and effective immediately, earlier guidance provided in a March 12, 2014, Public Notice, DA 14 -330, “Processing of Broadcast Television Applications Proposing Sharing Arrangements and Contingent Interests.” This action is taken by the Acting Chief, Media Bureau, pursuant to authority delegated by 47 C.F.R. § 0.283 of the … Continue reading “Rescission of March 12. 2014, broadcast processing guidance relating to sharing arrangements and contingent interests.”

Office of Engineering and Technology announces release of Version 2.1 of TVStudy for processing construction permit applications filed with the Media Bureau implementing the results of the repacking process.

For purposes of the repacking process, the Commission adopted use of new software developed by the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) (called TVStudy ) and updated input values. OET releases today aversion of the TVStudy software (Version 2.1) intended to facilitate the processing of applications that implement the results of the repacking process.For example, Version … Continue reading “Office of Engineering and Technology announces release of Version 2.1 of TVStudy for processing construction permit applications filed with the Media Bureau implementing the results of the repacking process.”

Post-Incentive Auction Transition Scheduling Plan

The Media Bureau adopts a methodology to establish construction deadlines for full power and Class A television stations that are transitioning to new channels following the incentive auction. The Media Bureau established transition deadlines within the 39-month post-auction transition period.  In consultation with the Incentive Auction Task Force, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the Office … Continue reading “Post-Incentive Auction Transition Scheduling Plan”

Post-Incentive Auction Broadcast Transition Procedures

The Media Bureau, addresses the transition of full power and Class A television stations to post-auction channel assignments in the reorganized television bands following the conclusion of the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction. In order to provide guidance to broadcasters assigned to new channels, we summarize and clarify the process established in the Incentive Auction … Continue reading “Post-Incentive Auction Broadcast Transition Procedures

Beta Test of the Incentive Auction Broadcaster Relocation Reimbursement System

Media Bureau announces a limited beta test of the Incentive Auction Broadcaster Relocation Reimbursement System (FCC Form 2100, Schedule 399, commonly known as Form 399). Television stations reassigned to new channels and MVPDs that carry those stations will file Form 399 to claim reimbursement from the $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund for expenses they … Continue reading “Beta Test of the Incentive Auction Broadcaster Relocation Reimbursement System”

FCC Adds New Warning Codes to the Emergency Alert System

The Federal Communications Commission has updated its rules so that Americans can receive more specific – and potentially life-saving – warnings through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) before extreme weather strikes. The amended rules add three new “event codes” to signify an “Extreme Wind Warning,” “Storm Surge Watch,” and “Storm Surge Warning” – so that … Continue reading “FCC Adds New Warning Codes to the Emergency Alert System”

Expanded Opportunities for Radio Experimentation for RF-based medical devices

The FCC  proposed to modify its Part 5 experimental licensing rules to permit program experimental radio licensees (program licensees) to operate on the restricted bands of operation listed in Section 15.205(a)of its rules. More specifically, the FCC proposed to permit program licensees to experiment on those frequencies with RF-based medical devices, if the device being … Continue reading “Expanded Opportunities for Radio Experimentation for RF-based medical devices”

AM and FM Lab and Testbed Now Available

Cavell, Mertz & Associates is pleased to announce the RF Testbed we designed and constructed for the NAB Labs/PILOT test series is now available in our suburban Washington, DC location on a limited rental basis for individuals and organizations interested in experimenting with digital and analog AM and FM band radio systems.

New FCC filing deadline for all broadcast licensees that participate in the EAS

In order for the FCC to more readily receive feedback on the effectiveness of its nationwide EAS tests, it is now requiring all EAS participants to register in their new “EAS Test Reporting System” (or “ETRS”) by August 26, 2016. This is being required in anticipation of the FCC’s next Nationwide test (“NPT”), which will … Continue reading “New FCC filing deadline for all broadcast licensees that participate in the EAS”

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment On Proposed Amended Nationwide Programmatic Agreement For The Collocation Of Wireless Antennas

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) seeks public comment on the attached proposed Amended Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas(Amended Collocation Agreement) to address the review of deployments of small wireless antennas and associated equipment under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). The Bureau proposes to amend the current Nationwide … Continue reading “Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment On Proposed Amended Nationwide Programmatic Agreement For The Collocation Of Wireless Antennas

New User-Specific Id Requirements to Access The FCC’s Commission Registration System (CORES)

This Public Notice announces and describes the Commission’s upcoming plans to modify the Commission’s Registration System (“CORES”). These modifications, which will take effect on or about September 1, 2016, will implement several user-specific identification requirements designed to enhance security and makes CORES more user friendly.Specifically, these changes will:

Media Bureau Announces Effective Date of Modified Rule Governing AM Station MDCL Operation

On October 21, 2015, the Commission adopted a Report and Order in the Matter of Revitalization of the AM Radio Service. The AM Revitalization Order was released on October 23, 2015, and published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2016. In the AM Revitalization Order, the Commission amended Section 73.1560 of the Commission’s rules … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces Effective Date of Modified Rule Governing AM Station
MDCL Operation”

Broadcast Incentive Auction Updates and Supplemental Information

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau updated and supplements information provided in the Auction 1000 Application Procedures Public Notice. Specifically, they announced that the pre-auction process tutorial for the forward auction will be available by January 19, 2016; provide additional information concerning access to the Commission’s bidding system for the reverse and forward auctions; provide additional details … Continue reading “Broadcast Incentive Auction Updates and Supplemental Information

FCC Post-Auction LPTV Rules

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday unanimously adopted several measures to help low power television (LPTV) and TV translator stations to continue serving their viewers following next year’s Incentive Auction. “The Commission’s action is designed to preserve the vital services LPTV and TV translator stations provide – particularly in rural areas,” Media Bureau Chief William Lake … Continue reading “FCC Post-Auction LPTV Rules

New FAA Marking & Lighting Circular 70/7460-1L

On December 4, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) released Advisory Circular for Obstruction Marking and Lighting 70/7460-1L (AC 70/7460-1L), which cancels and replaces Advisory Circular 70/7460-1K.1 This release effectively amends the lighting requirements applicable to towers that must be registered in the Commission’s Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) system.

John Kean joins Cavell Mertz team

John Kean joins consulting firm, Cavell, Mertz & Associates as a Senior Engineer following 11 years of service as Senior Technologist for NPR Labs.

Secondary 600 MHz Band Users Sunset Timeline Defined

By this Report and Order, the FCC defines when and in what areas 600 MHz Band wireless licensees will be deemed to “commence operations” for the purpose of establishing when the secondary and unlicensed users must cease operations and vacate the 600 MHz Band in those areas.

Spectrum Auction Inter-Service Interference 3rd R&O

In this Order the FCC resolves the remaining technical issues affecting the operation of new 600 MHz wireless licensees and broadcast television stations in areas where they operate on the same or adjacent channels in geographic proximity. Specifically, they adopted the methodology and the regulatory framework for the protection of both wireless services and broadcasting … Continue reading “Spectrum Auction Inter-Service Interference 3rd R&O

FCC Releases AM Revitalization Order

In this First Report and Order, the FCC adopts six proposals intended to assist AM broadcasters to better serve the public. They also set out further proposals believed to further enhance the viability of AM.

Application Procedures for Broadcast Incentive Auction

This Public Notice includes an attachment with the final appendices providing the technical details implementing the Commission’s decisions in the Auction 1000 Bidding Procedures PN regarding the clearing target determination procedure, the final television channel assignment plan, and the assignment of frequency-specific licenses to forward auction clock-phase winning bidders, as well as algorithms for reverse … Continue reading “Application Procedures for Broadcast Incentive Auction”

LPTV and TV Translators must protect white-spaces and wireless microphones

The Commission recognized that following the incentive auction and repacking of the television bands there would likely be fewer unused television channels available for use either by unlicensed “white space” devices or wireless microphones. Given the importance of white space devices and wireless microphones to businesses and consumers, in order to achieve this objective, we … Continue reading “LPTV and TV Translators must protect white-spaces and wireless microphones

On June 9, 2015 the FCC released an Eligible Facilities Public Notice announcing the full power and Class A stations that will be considered eligible for repacking protection and participation in the reverse auction.

The Public Notice includes an Appendix listing all eligible facilities and establishes a process for stations that are not listed in the Appendix to file a petition with the Media Bureau requesting that their facility be deemed an “eligible facility.” Such Petitions will be due no later than July 9, 2015.

Media Bureau Announces new Form 2100 schedules for Full Power, Class A, Low Power And TV Translator Stations

As of February 23, 2015, existing Class A , LPTV and TV Translator station permittees and licensees will be required to use the LMS to file applications for construction permits and licenses and any amendments to pending construction permit and license applications using Form 2100 Schedules C, D, E or F. These stations will no … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces new Form 2100 schedules for Full Power, Class A, Low Power And TV Translator Stations”

Cindy Hutter Cavell, senior engineer and practice manager at Cavell Mertz & Associates, is the recipient of TVNewsCheck’s fifth annual Women in Technology Leadership Award, which will be presented during the 2015 NAB Show in April.

From TVNewsCheck, February 9, 2015 Lucinda Hutter Cavell, senior engineer and practice manager at Cavell Mertz & Associates, has been selected to receive TVNewsCheck’sfifth annual Women in Technology Leadership Award, it was announced today by Kathy Haley, publisher and managing partner of NewsCheck Media. The award will be presented during the NAB Show on April … Continue reading “Cindy Hutter Cavell, senior engineer and practice manager at Cavell Mertz & Associates, is the recipient of TVNewsCheck’s fifth annual Women in Technology Leadership Award, which will be presented during the 2015 NAB Show in April.”

FCC Identifies 96 Groups of Mutually Exclusive LPFM applications

The Commission considers 96 groups of mutually exclusive (“MX”) applications filed in the recent low power FM (“LPFM”) window and uses a point system to tentatively select applications for grant. The tentative selectees are identified, in bold, in Attachment A. Commencing on December 24, 2014, the first business day after the date of the release … Continue reading “FCC Identifies 96 Groups of Mutually Exclusive LPFM applications

FCC Proposes to Expand Online Public File Requirements

In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), the FCC proposes to expand the requirement that public inspection files be posted to the FCC’s online database to radio broadcasters, cable operators, satellite TV, and satellite radio licensees. In 2012, the FCC adopted online public file rules for broadcast television stations that required them to post public … Continue reading “FCC Proposes to Expand Online Public File Requirements

FCC Proposes to Modernize MVPD Definition

The FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that asks for comment on how to modernize the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor to reflect that video services are no longer tied to a particular distribution technology.

Electronic versions of ULS or ASR authorizations are now official

The Wireless Bureau announced enhancements to the Commission’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) and Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) System to allow all commercial, private and public safety wireless service licensees and ASR registrants electronic access to their current official authorizations in “Active” status.

FCC Suspends Construction Deadlines for LPTV and TV Translators

Effective immediately, the FCC suspended the the expiration dates and construction deadlines for all outstanding unexpired construction permits for new digital low power television (LPTV) and TV translator stations pending the outcome of the Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

LPTV and TV Translator Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The FCC seeks comment on measures to facilitate the final conversion of LPTV and TV translator stations to digital service and consider additional means to mitigate the potential impact of the incentive auction and the repacking process on LPTV and TV translator stations to help preserve the important services they provide.

Media Bureau Announces Completion of First Phase of Licensing and Management System for Full Power TV Stations

The Media Bureau announces the availability of the first phase of a new e-filing system, the Licensing and Management System (LMS).  Although LMS will ultimately replace the Consolidated Data Base System (CDBS) as the e-filing system for all radio and TV broadcasters, this initial phase applies only to full-power TV stations that seek to file … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces Completion of First Phase of Licensing and Management System for Full Power TV Stations”

New FM Class C4 Petition for Rulemaking –
Comment Deadline Extended

On January 22, 2013, SSR Communications, Inc. filed a Petition for Rulemaking to create a new Zone II FM broadcast station class, or C4 allocation, and amend certain technical rules for the FM broadcast service. The Commission released a public notice establishing a 30-day deadline for filing statements supporting or opposing the Petition. Comments are … Continue reading “New FM Class C4 Petition for Rulemaking –
Comment Deadline Extended”

Commission Identifies Tentative LPFM Selectees In 111 Groups Of Mutually Exclusive Applications

The FCC considers 111 groups of mutually exclusive (“MX”) applications comprising the Midwestern and Eastern states of the United States filed in the recent LPFM window and uses a point system to tentatively select applications for grant. The tentative selectees, i.e., the single applicant with the highest point total or the applicants tied for the … Continue reading “Commission Identifies Tentative LPFM Selectees In 111 Groups Of Mutually Exclusive Applications”

FCC Streamlines Part 17 Rules Regarding Antenna Structure Lighting and Marking

The item adopted today is an important step in the Commission’s efforts to facilitate wireless infrastructure deployment. The Order harmonizes Commission rules with FAA guidelines, recognizing that FAA is the expert agency on matters of air safety. The Order also modernizes the Commission’s lighting and marking requirements to reflect technological advancements and current industry standards.

Tentative Selectees and Major Change Window for West Coast LPFM applications

By this Public Notice, the Commission considers 79 groups of mutually exclusive (“MX”) applications in the western US states filed in the recent low power FM (“LPFM”) window and uses a point system to tentatively select applications for grant. The tentative selectees in each MX group, are identified, in bold, in Attachment A. Upon the … Continue reading “Tentative Selectees and Major Change Window for West Coast LPFM applications”

Incentive Auction PEA’s defined

In the Incentive Auction Report and Order, the Commission adopted Partial Economic Areas (“PEAs”) as the service area for 600 MHz Band licenses, with boundaries proposed by a coalition of wireless service providers (“PEA Coalition”). As directed by the Commission in the Incentive Auction Report and Order, this Public Notice provides a list of the … Continue reading “Incentive Auction PEA’s defined

FCC Adopts Rules for First Ever Incentive Auction

The rules adopted today establish the foundation for the Incentive Auction. Based on these rules the FCC will develop and seek additional public input on detailed, final auction procedures in the pre-auction process.

Cavell, Mertz & Associates will be participants in Sessions at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

RF Bootcamp – Gary Cavell, President of Cavell, Mertz & Associates will be joined by John Bisset of the Telos Alliance, Cindy Hutter Cavell of Cavell, Mertz & Associates and Paul Shulins of Greater Media Boston in an all-day NAB session on Wednesday April 8th designed to teach basic RF principles to managers, IT technicians, … Continue reading “Cavell, Mertz & Associates will be participants in Sessions at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas.”

Commission amends its Schedule of Application Fees

Section 8(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (“the Act”), requires the Commission to “assess and collect application fees at such rates as the Commission shall establish or at such modified rates as it shall establish pursuant to” Section 8(b).

Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Widelity Report and Catalog OfPotential Expenses and Estimated Costs

The Spectrum Act establishes a $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund to be used for reimbursement of eligible relocation costs. In the Broadcast Television Incentive Auction NPRM, the Commission sought comment on the types of costs broadcasters and MVPDs are likely to incur and how to determine whether such costs are “reasonable” for purposes of … Continue reading “Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Widelity Report and Catalog OfPotential Expenses and Estimated Costs”

New Closed Captioning Rules for Video Programming

The Commission adopts captioning quality standards and technical compliance rules to ensure that video programming is fully accessible to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing through the provision of closed captioning.

FCC filings – The FCC website and their Public Notices are now providing information regarding how to transact business with them (such as application and comment filing). Check their site (www.fcc.gov) frequently as requirements may change. Your communic

With the end of the government shutdown, the FCC quickly restored its website and started addressing when and how they would be accepting applications, comments and other transactions with them. Since things are still being sorted out, interested parties should frequently check with the FCC’s website for updates. It would also be wise to seek … Continue reading “FCC filings – The FCC website and their Public Notices are now providing information regarding how to transact business with them (such as application and comment filing). Check their site (www.fcc.gov) frequently as requirements may change. Your communic”

FCC CDBS and ULS information still available, even during the government shutdown.

Even though the FCC’s webpages are out of service, CDBS and ULS information is still available on the Cavell-Mertz FREE site – www.FCCInfo.com. FCCInfo provides user searchable CDBS data and ULS data, so you can look up information on microwave links, AM, FM, TV stations, group owners, translators, ASRNs, and more. We regularly update our … Continue reading “FCC CDBS and ULS information still available, even during the government shutdown.

Cavell Mertz & Associates continues its support for the NAB’s Broadcast Leadership Training program.

Cavell Mertz & Associates is in their 11th year as faculty for the NAB’s Broadcast Leadership Training program.  Each year since 2002, the team has been invited back to teach the participants, which consist primarily of broadcast owners and managers, the basic concepts of broadcast engineering, new trends in broadcast engineering and how to find, … Continue readingCavell Mertz & Associates continues its support for the NAB’s Broadcast Leadership Training program.”

Reassessment of FCC’s RF Exposure Limits

Reassessment of FCC’s Radiofrequency Exposure Limits and Proposed Changes in the Commission’s Rules Regarding Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields. 

Cavell Mertz telephone contact information

As reported earlier, our primary phone numbers were temporarily out of service due to hurricane Sandy. We are happy to report that our system has been restored. Our published alternative lines remain in service as well. We also have courtesy lines for the Washington DC and New York City areas, as listed below.

FCC Operations Center is operational to assist in initiating and maintaining communications operations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be available to address emergency communications needs twenty-four hours a day throughout the weekend, especially relating to the effects that Hurricane Sandy may have on the North Atlantic Coastal Region.  The FCC reminds emergency communications providers, including broadcasters, cable service providers, wireless and wireline service providers, satellite service providers, … Continue reading “FCC Operations Center is operational to assist in initiating and maintaining communications operations”

Amendment of Part 101 of the Commission’s Rules

Amendment of Part 101 of the Commission’s Rules to Facilitate the Use of Microwave for Wireless Backhaul and Other Uses and to Provide Additional Flexibility to Broadcast Auxiliary Service and Operational Fixed Microwave Licensees

FCC Launches First-In-The-World Incentive Auction to Repurpose Broadcast Television Spectrum For Mobile Broadband; Auction Set To Unleash Wave Of Economic & Innovation Opportunities For U.S.

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to officially launch the incentive auction process, making the United States the first nation in the world to implement this major policy innovation, which aims to repurpose broadcast television spectrum for mobile broadband use. The concept was first introduced in the National Broadband Plan as part of the Commission’s … Continue reading “FCC Launches First-In-The-World Incentive Auction to Repurpose
Broadcast Television Spectrum For Mobile Broadband; Auction Set To Unleash Wave
Of Economic & Innovation Opportunities For U.S.”

FCC Launches Broadcaster L-E-A-R-N Program

The FCC today announced the official launch of the Broadcaster LEARN (Learn Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now) Program. The LEARN Program is designed to offer broadcasters valuable information about the unique financial opportunities of incentive auctions and engage the broadcaster community throughout the entire incentive auction planning, design and execution processes.

The FCC Media Bureau Announced Deadlines for Filing Comments Regarding FM Asymmetric Sideband Operation.

On November 1, 2011, the Media Bureau released a Public Notice soliciting comment on the request by iBiquity Digital Corporation and National Public Radio that the Commission authorize voluntary asymmetric digital sideband power for FM stations. The Public Notice set deadlines for filing comments and reply comments at 21 and 35 days, respectively, after publication … Continue reading “The FCC Media Bureau Announced Deadlines for Filing Comments Regarding FM Asymmetric Sideband Operation.”

Media Bureau to permit use of Energy-Saving Transmitter Technology by AM Station

By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau (Bureau) announces that it will permit AM stations to use transmitter technologies that reduce power consumption while maintaining both audio quality and licensed coverage areas. Such technologies, known generally as Modulation Dependent Carrier Level ("MDCL") control technologies or algorithms, have long been used by international broadcasters operating high-powered … Continue reading “Media Bureau to permit use of Energy-Saving Transmitter
Technology by AM Station”

Do you Need Emergency Tech Support?

With Hurricane Irene threatening the Washington, DC metro area this weekend, please keep our phone number handy.  We have several engineers on staff and would gladly lend a hand to help local stations with off-air emergencies stemming from this weather related event.  We can be reached at 888-FCC-INFO. 

The FCC Media Bureau Announced Changes to License Renewal Procedures and Form.  Renewals Start May 2, 2011.

The FCC’s Media Bureau announces revisions to FCC Form 303-S for radio and television stations and provides information on the upcoming 2011-2014 radio license renewal cycle. Applications for stations in the first license renewal group (radio stations licensed to communities in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia) may be filed on or … Continue reading “The FCC Media Bureau Announced Changes to License Renewal Procedures and Form.  Renewals Start May 2, 2011.

Facility Activity Reports. Check out a sample here!

Cavell Mertz provides weekly Facility Activity Reports to subscribers via email.  Each report lists recent FCC filing activity in your region, customized to show potential allocation problems to your facility.  Embedded links take you to the detailed FCC data on FCCInfo.com.

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks public comment on whether the role of travelers information stations should be expanded.

TIS stations serve as a local AM radio communications channel that is diverse and reliable particularly for motorists seeking information and updates on traffic congestion, accidents and weather reports. Expansion of TIS’ role to provide travelers with other types of emergency information and alerts may benefit the public interest not only through redundancy, but particularly … Continue reading “The Federal Communications Commission has adopted an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks public comment on whether the role of travelers information stations should be expanded.”

Innovation in the Broadcast Television Bands: Allocations, Channel Sharing and Improvements to VHF

In this Notice, we initiate a process to further our ongoing commitment to addressing America’s growing demand for wireless broadband services, spur ongoing innovation and investment in mobile and ensure that America keeps pace with the global wireless revolution, by making a significant amount of new spectrum available for broadband. Through this Notice, we take … Continue reading “Innovation in the Broadcast Television Bands: Allocations, Channel Sharing and Improvements to VHF”

Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Dates for the LPDTV Transition Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Media Bureau announces that the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) to consider issues that need to be resolved to complete the low power television station digital transition was published in the Federal Register October 18, 2010 starting the pleading cycle for the LPDTV Transition FNPRM, MB Docket No. 03-185. Accordingly, comments are due … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Dates for the LPDTV Transition Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking”

FCC Frees Up Vacant TV Airwaves For “Super Wi-Fi” Technologies

The FCC took steps to free up vacant airwaves between TV channels — called “white spaces” — to unleash a host of new technologies, such as “super Wi-Fi,” and myriad other diverse applications. This particular spectrum has excellent propagation characteristics that allow signals to reach farther and penetrate walls and other structures. This is the … Continue reading “FCC Frees Up Vacant TV Airwaves For “Super Wi-Fi” Technologies”

The FCC has indefinitely postponed the nationwide, first-come, first-served digital LPTV and translator window.

For the reasons detailed in the attached FCC Public Notice, the FCC Media Bureau has announced the postponement of the July 26,2010 date for nationwide DLPTV and digital translator filing window.  The FCC stated this change is necessary in light of the release of the National Broadband Plan, which announced an effort to identify 500 … Continue reading “The FCC has indefinitely postponed the nationwide, first-come, first-served digital LPTV and translator window.”

The FCC Media Bureau, in two Public Notices, has announced a filing window for 67 vacant FM allotments reserved for non-commercial use and a freeze for minor-change FM applications.

The FCC Media Bureau announced a filing window for applications for noncommercial educational FM new station construction permits. The window is available for the existing, vacant FM allotments on Channels 221 through 300 that have been reserved for NCE use (See Attachment A). The window will open on February 19, 2009, and close on February … Continue reading “The FCC Media Bureau, in two Public Notices, has announced a filing window for 67 vacant FM allotments reserved for non-commercial use and a freeze for minor-change FM applications.”

Full-Power TV Broadcasters Go All-Digital

The nation ’s historic switch to digital television by 971 full-power stations Friday prompted hundreds of thousands of consumers to call for assistance but caused no widespread disruption of free, over-the-air television broadcasts. 

Digital Television Station Callsign Procedures

As the DTV transition approaches, the FCC has announced that television stations may elect modify their digital callsign by following the procedures spelled out in the attached PDF.

New! DTV Reception Report Spreadsheet.

June 12th is almost here. This spreadsheet will assist with data collection from callers that are having difficulties getting your station once the analog facility is turned off. Feel free to modify the spreadsheet to suit your needs. Please contact Richard Mertz should you have any questions.

The FCC Has Released Lists of Television Stations that Intend to Terminate Analog Service on or Before June 12.

On March 13,2009, the Commission released its Third Report and Order in response to the Congressional extension of the digital television transition deadline. 927 stations have notified the Commission that they will continue to provide regular analog television broadcast programming to viewers until the end of the transition on June 12. 158 stations intend to … Continue reading “The FCC Has Released Lists of Television Stations that Intend to Terminate Analog Service on or Before June 12.”

The FCC Media Bureau announced the effective date for Rules adopted in DTV Delay Act.

On February 20, 2009, the FCC adopted and released a Second Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rule Making to implement the most time sensitive of the remaining actions necessitated by the delay in the digital television transition deadline.  The attached Public Notice the Media Bureau announces the effective date and comment date of … Continue reading “The FCC Media Bureau announced the effective date for Rules adopted in DTV Delay Act.

The FCC has released lists of TV station responses to requirements for analog termination on February 17, 2009.

On February 11, 2009, the Commission released a Public Notice, FCC 09-7, identifying 123 stations which had indicated their intention to terminate analog service on February 17, 2009, and whose early termination was determined by the Commission to pose a significant risk of public harm. These stations were located in Designated Market Areas (“DMAs”) in … Continue reading “The FCC has released lists of TV station responses to requirements for analog termination on February 17, 2009.

The FCC has announced certain conditions must be met before they’ll approve the termination of analog broadcasting by some analog TV stations.  These stations must respond by February 13, 2009.

On February 5, 2009, the Commission released a Public Notice in which it granted a partial waiver of the Third DTV Periodic Report and Order to permit television broadcast stations to cease analog broadcasting on February 17, 2009, despite the extension of the national DTV transition deadline to June 12, 2009 pursuant to the DTV … Continue reading “The FCC has announced certain conditions must be met before they’ll approve the termination of analog broadcasting by some analog TV stations.  These stations must respond by February 13, 2009.”

The FCC has released a list of TV stations that intend to terminate analog operations on or prior to February 17, 2009.

The Federal Communications Commission issued this Public Notice to provide a list of full-power television broadcast stations that have terminated or will terminate their analog operations prior to February 17, 2009, and those that have notified the Commission that they intend to terminate analog operations on February 17, 2009, the previous deadline for the digital … Continue reading “The FCC has released a list of TV stations that intend to terminate analog operations on or prior to February 17, 2009.

The FCC issued this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to create a new “replacement” digital television translator service to permit full-service television stations to continue providing service to viewers within portions of their co

The NPRM seeks comment on how to implement this new service and tentatively conclude that it should be subject to all other rules for television translators regarding secondary frequency use, application filing and processing, construction and operation.The FCC announces interim filing procedures to begin acceptance of applications for replacement translators and the authorization of temporary … Continue reading “The FCC issued this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to create a new “replacement” digital television translator service to permit full-service television stations to continue providing service to viewers within portions of their co”

Proposed Rulemaking would "encourage and permit" continued analog TV service after the February 17, 2009 DTV transition (by some stations, where feasible) to provide public safety and DTV transition information. 

According to the FCC, the proposed, continued analog service would serve like a “nightlight ” to unprepared viewers,assuring continued access to emergency information.  It would also guide them with information to help with a belated transition to digital service.  See the attached PDFs for more information.

The FCC adopted rules for the use of distributed transmission system by DTV facilities.

The FCC found that DTS will provide broadcasters with an important tool for providing optimum signal coverage for their viewers. For some broadcasters that are changing channels or transmitting locations for their digital service, DTS may offer the best option for continuing to provide over-the-air service to current analog viewers, as well as for reaching … Continue reading “The FCC adopted rules for the use of distributed transmission system by DTV facilities.

FCC seeks comment on increased FM Digital Power

A group consisting of 18 broadcasters that operate over 1200 commercial and noncommercial educational (NCE) FM radio stations throughout the United States and the 4 largest manufacturers of broadcast transmission equipment identifying themselves as “Joint Parties” has filed a request asking the Commission to revise the current technical specifications for FM digital audio broadcasting (DAB).

DTV Filing Freeze lifted, effective immediately

As a result of the Commission’s successful expedited processing efforts, they have completed our review of, and have granted all applications, except for those requiring international coordination or additional information from the applicant. As a result, they can lift the freeze on the filing of maximization applications twelve weeks earlier than originally anticipated.

Media Bureau addresses Petitions for Recon of the DTV Seventh R&O

On August 6, 2007, the FCC adopted a new, and final, Table of Allotments for digital television (DTV) providing all eligible stations with channels for DTV operations after the DTV transition on February 17, 2009. The final DTV Table accommodates all eligible broadcasters, reflects to the extent possible the channel elections made by broadcasters, and … Continue reading “Media Bureau addresses Petitions for Recon of the DTV Seventh R&O”

Media Bureau identifies groups of mutually exclusive NCE applications

In October 2007, the Media Bureau received approximately 3,600 applications to construct new noncommercial educational (NCE) FM stations. The Bureau has processed all of the approximately 800 applications that fall into the following categories: singletons, those that could be accepted for filing, and those that needed to be dismissed pursuant to settlements or as in … Continue reading “Media Bureau identifies groups of mutually exclusive NCE applications”

AM Auction No. 84 applications dismissed

The Media Bureau announces the dismissal of the AM Auction No. 84 window-filed FCC Form 301 tech box singleton applications listed in Attachment D-3 to this Public Notice. Each of the listed applicants failed to timely file a complete FCC Form 301 application and/or the associated application filing fee and FCC Form 159.

FCC DTV Thrid Periodic Review

Congress has mandated that after February 17, 2009, full-power television broadcast stations must transmit only digital signals and may no longer transmit analog signals. With this Report and Order, the FCC resolves issues necessary to complete the conversion of the nation’s broadcast television system from analog to digital television (“DTV”).

FCC Adopts Revision to Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule

The FCC amended the 32-year-old absolute ban on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership by crafting an approach that would presumptively allow a newspaper to own one TV station or one radio station in the 20 largest markets, subject to strict criteria and limitations.

FCC Adopts Rules to Promote the Growth of the Low Power FM Radio Service

The FCC adopted a wideranging series of ownership, eligibility and technical rules and sought comment on additional technical matters in the Low Power FM Third Report and Order and Second Noticed of Proposed Rule. See the Report and Order below adopted 11/27/2007 and released 12/11/2007.

FCC Opens a Window to Expedite Grant Of New NCEFM Station Construction Permits

The Media Bureau announces a 60-day period beginning with the release of this Public Notice and ending January 7, 2008, for applicants to enter into and file settlement agreements and to submit technical amendments to expedite the grant of applications filed in the recent noncommercial educational (“NCE”) FM window. This filing opportunity is limited to … Continue reading “FCC Opens a Window to Expedite Grant Of New NCEFM Station Construction Permits”

FCC Extends the Deadline for 2 GHz Transition

Extended a previously granted waiver of the deadline by which Sprint/Nextel Corporation is required to complete the transition of the broadcast auxiliary service to frequencies above 2025 MHz for an additional 60 days to January 5, 2008.

Media Bureau Provides Guidance For Continued Presunrise And Postsunset Operation During November 2007 By AM Stations In Areas With Daylight Saving Time

In order to permit AM stations currently operating with Presunrise Service Authorizations (“PSRAs”) and Postsunset Service Authorizations (“PSSAs”) to continue to do so in communities with Daylight Saving Time (“DST”) for the period November 1, 2007, through November 3, 2007 (DST ends at 2:00 AM on November 4, 2007), licensees should use the October DST … Continue reading “Media Bureau Provides Guidance For Continued Presunrise And Postsunset Operation During November 2007 By AM Stations In Areas With Daylight Saving Time”

Media Bureau Announces NCE FM New Station and Major Change Filing Procedures For October 12 – October 19, 2007 Window; Limited Application Filing Freeze to Commence on September 8, 2007

This Public Notice announces procedures and filing requirements that will apply to the first noncommercial educational (“NCE”) FM new station and major change filing window. As previously disclosed, the window will open on Friday, October 12, 2007, and close on Friday, October 19, 2007. The window is available for FM reserved band (channels 201 – … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces NCE FM New Station and Major Change Filing Procedures For October 12 – October 19, 2007 Window; Limited Application Filing Freeze to Commence on September 8, 2007”

AM Directional Antenna Performance Reply Comment Deadline Extended until September 7th, 2007

Following the comment period, the AM Directional Antenna Performance Verification Coalition (“Coalition”) requested extension of the reply comment deadline “in order to afford the Coalition adequate time to complete its review of the comprehensive comments filed in response to the Public Notice, respond to the issues raised in those comments, and coordinate with the members … Continue reading “AM Directional Antenna Performance Reply Comment Deadline Extended until September 7th, 2007

Final DTV Channel Table Released

The FCC released a new DTV Table which provides television stations across the country with their final channel assignments for broadcasting following the DTV transition on February 17, 2009.

FCC OET Releases Reports on Initial Measurements of TV White Spaces Devices (WSD)

The Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has released two technical reports on initial measurement studies relating to the above devices that were performed by its Laboratory. Interested parties may file comments on these reports no later than August 15, 2007. Reply comments are due no later than August 27, 2007.

Review of the Emergency Alert System;Second R&O and Further NPRM.

Revised the FCC’s Part 11 Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules as part of our continuing effort to provide the American public a state-of-the-art, next-generation national EAS. Seek to further explore certain EAS-related issues. by Second R&O and FNPRM. (Dkt No. 04-296).

Long FormApplication Deadline for LPTV, TV Translator, and Class A Singleton Proposals

On June 23, 2000, the Media Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureaus) announced a filing window for low power television (LPTV), TV translator, and Class A TV stations. Subsequently, the Bureaus released a Public Notice announcing those proposals that were mutually exclusive (MX) and providing a 60-day settlement period by which interested parties could submit … Continue reading “Long FormApplication Deadline for LPTV, TV Translator, and Class A Singleton Proposals”

Media Bureau Announces Comment And Reply CommentDates For The Third DTV Periodic Review NPRM. (DA No. 07-3073)

On April 25, 2007, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Commission’s Third DTV Periodic Review proceeding (“Third DTV Periodic Review NPRM”), which requested comment on the procedures and rule changes necessary to complete the nation’s transition from analog to digital television (“DTV”). The Third DTV Periodic Review NPRM set deadlines for … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces Comment And Reply CommentDates For The Third DTV Periodic Review NPRM. (DA No. 07-3073)”

Digital Audio Broadcasting Systems And TheirImpact On The Terrestrial Radio Broadcast Service (Docket 99-325)

In the Digital Audio Broadcasting Report and Order, the FCC selected in-band, on-channel (“IBOC”) as the technology enabling AM and FM radio broadcast stations to commence digital audio broadcasting (“DAB”). In the DAB R&O, the FCC adopted notification procedures allowing existing AM and FM radio stations to begin digital transmissions immediately on an interim basis … Continue reading “Digital Audio Broadcasting Systems And TheirImpact On The Terrestrial Radio Broadcast Service (Docket 99-325)

DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING SYSTEMS AND THEIRIMPACT ON THE TERRESTRIAL RADIO BROADCASTING SERVICE

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted a Second Report and Order, First Order on Reconsideration, and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Order) that will advance the offering of digital radio services to American consumers, as part of the broader digital migration that is underway across all media. The Second Report and Order adopts … Continue reading “DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING SYSTEMS AND THEIRIMPACT ON THE TERRESTRIAL RADIO BROADCASTING SERVICE”

COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED RULES PERMITTING ANTENNA MODELING TO VERIFY AM DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA PERFORMANCE (Docket No 93-177)

In late 2006 and early 2007, an ad hoc technical group of radio broadcasters, equipment manufacturers, and broadcast consulting engineers, acting collectively as the AM Directional Antenna Performance Verification Coalition (“Coalition”), convened to assess previous comments and to refresh the record in the Commission’s directional antenna proceeding. On May 4, 2007, the Coalition submitted recommendations to … Continue reading “COMMENT SOUGHT ON PROPOSED RULES PERMITTING ANTENNA MODELING TO VERIFY AM DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA PERFORMANCE (Docket No 93-177)”

THIRD PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES AND POLICIES AFFECTING THE CONVERSION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION (Dkt No. 07-91).

Congress has mandated that after February 17, 2009, full-power broadcast stations must transmit only in digital signals, and may no longer transmit analog signals. With this Notice of Proposed Rule Making (“Notice”), the FCC begins the third periodic review of the transition of the nation’s broadcast television system from analog to digital television (“DTV”). The … Continue reading “THIRD PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES AND POLICIES AFFECTING THE CONVERSION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION (Dkt No. 07-91).”

FCC INITIATES THIRD REVIEW OF DTV TRANSITION.

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) today began its third periodic review of the conversion of the nation’s broadcast television system from analog to digital television (“DTV”).  The DTV transition will increase efficient use of the spectrum, expand consumer choice for video programming, and increase the amount of spectrum available for public safety and other wireless … Continue reading “FCC INITIATES THIRD REVIEW OF DTV TRANSITION.”

MEDIA BUREAU OFFERS EXAMPLES TO CLARIFY THE TREATMENT OF APPLICATIONS AND RULEMAKING PETITIONS PROPOSING COMMUNITY OF LICENSE CHANGES, CHANNEL SUBSTITUTIONS, AND NEW FM ALLOTMENTS.

On November 29, 2006, the Commission released a Report and Order in MB Docket 05-210 amending its rules to permit licensees and permittees of AM and FM stations to request changes in community of license by first-come/first-served minor modification applications. In addition, under new procedures adopted in the Report and Order, non-reserved band FM stations … Continue reading “MEDIA BUREAU OFFERS EXAMPLES TO CLARIFY THE TREATMENT OF APPLICATIONS AND RULEMAKING PETITIONS PROPOSING COMMUNITY OF LICENSE CHANGES, CHANNEL SUBSTITUTIONS, AND NEW FM ALLOTMENTS.”

Media Bureau Announces NCE FM New Station And Major Modification Application Filing Window For New And Certain Pending Proposals; Window To Open On October 12, 2007.

The Media Bureau announces a filing window for applications for noncommercial educational (“NCE”) FM new station and major modification construction permits. The Commission recently directed the Media Bureau to open this NCE FM filing window in October 2007 in connection with the Commission’s tentative selectee determinations for 76 groups of cut-off and mutually exclusive NCE … Continue reading “Media Bureau Announces NCE FM New Station And Major Modification Application Filing Window For New And Certain Pending Proposals;
Window To Open On October 12, 2007.”

COMPARATIVE CONSIDERATION OF 76 GROUPS OF MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS TO CONSTRUCT NEW OR MODIFIED NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL FM STATIONS.

The Commission has before it for comparative consideration approximately 200 mutually exclusive applications for new or modified noncommercial educational (“NCE”) FM station construction permits. Each of these applications is cut off from the filing of new competing applications and is mutually exclusive with at least one other cut-off application.

SUSPENSION OF USE OF RECENTLY RECALCULATEDPRESUNRISE AND POSTSUNSET SERVICE AUTHORIZATIONS AND DIRECTIONS FORCONTINUED PRESUNRISE AND POSTSUNSET OPERATION DURING MARCH 2007 BY AMSTATIONS IN AREAS WITH DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME.

On March 1, 2007, the Media Bureau (the “Bureau”) released a Public Notice, necessitated by the enactment of the US Energy Policy Act of 2005, which increased the effective period for Daylight Saving Time (“DST”), commencing the period earlier and terminating it later than before. The Bureau announced that, with these changes in local time, … Continue reading “SUSPENSION OF USE OF RECENTLY RECALCULATEDPRESUNRISE AND POSTSUNSET SERVICE AUTHORIZATIONS AND DIRECTIONS FORCONTINUED PRESUNRISE AND POSTSUNSET OPERATION DURING MARCH 2007 BY AMSTATIONS IN AREAS WITH DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME.”

MEDIA BUREAU MODIFIES PRESUNRISE AND POSTSUNSET AUTHORIZATIONS FOR AM RADIO STATIONS.

As a result of the enactment of the US Energy Policy Act of 2005, Daylight Saving Time (“DST”) will begin on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. The earlier start date and later termination date for DST will impact all AM licensees operating pursuant to a Presunrise Service … Continue reading “MEDIA BUREAU MODIFIES PRESUNRISE AND POSTSUNSET AUTHORIZATIONS FOR AM RADIO STATIONS.”

AUCTION NO. 70 FREEZES ANNOUNCED FOR FM MINORCHANGE APPLICATIONS AND CERTAIN RULEMAKING FILINGS.

The Media Bureau announces that it will not accept FM commercial and noncommercial educational (“NCE”) minor change applications during the Auction No. 70 Form 175 application filing window. This window will open on December 6, 2006, and close on December 19, 2006. The Media Bureau also announces a freeze, effective immediately, on the filing of … Continue reading “AUCTION NO. 70 FREEZES ANNOUNCED FOR FM MINORCHANGE APPLICATIONS AND CERTAIN RULEMAKING FILINGS.”

The Commission proposed a new DTV Table of Allotments, providing all eligible stations with channels for DTV operations after the DTV transition. (Dkt No. 87-268).

By this action, the Commission under takes the final step in the channel election process established in its Second DTV Periodic Report and Order and begins the final stage of the transition of the nation’s broad cast television system from analog to digital television (“DTV”). Specifically,in this Seventh Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (“Notice” … Continue reading “The Commission proposed a new DTV Table of Allotments, providing all eligible stations with channels for DTV operations after the DTV transition. (Dkt No. 87-268).”

AUCTION NO. 68 FREEZES ANNOUNCED FOR FM MINOR CHANGE APPLICATIONS AND CERTAIN FM TABLE OF ALLOTMENTS RULEMAKING FILINGS.
(DA No. 06-1927).

The Media Bureau announces that it will not accept FM commercial and noncommercial educational (NCE) minor change applications during the Auction No.68 Form 175 application filing window. This window will open on November 6, 2006, and close on November 13, 2006. The Media Bureau also announces a freeze, effective immediately, on the filing of counter … Continue reading “AUCTION NO. 68 FREEZES ANNOUNCED FOR FM MINOR CHANGE APPLICATIONS AND CERTAIN FM TABLE OF ALLOTMENTS RULEMAKING FILINGS.
(DA No. 06-1927).”

THIRD ROUND OF THE DTV CHANNEL ELECTION PROCESS: TENTATIVE CHANNEL DESIGNATIONS. (DA No. 06-1675) Contact: Nazifa Sawez at (202) 418-7059, email:Nazifa.Sawez@fcc.gov or Gordon Godfrey at (202) 418-2193, email:Gordon.Godfrey@fcc.gov (202) 418-7172

In the Second DTV Periodic Report and Order, the Commission adopted a multi-step channel election process for full-power television broadcast licensees and permittees (hereinafter “licensees”) to select their ultimate DTV channel inside the core TV spectrum (i.e., channels 2-51).At the completion of the first two channel election rounds, 1,789 licensees received tentative channel designations (“TCDs”).

MEDIA BUREAU IS PREPARED TO GRANT CERTAIN AUCTION NO. 62 BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS. (DA No. 06-1443)

On January 31, 2006, the Federal Communications Commission completed the auction of 171 FM broadcast construction permits (“Auction No. 62”). By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau, under delegated authority, announces that it is prepared to grant the construction permit applications listed in Attachment A of this Public Notice following the full and timely payment … Continue reading “MEDIA BUREAU IS PREPARED TO GRANT CERTAIN AUCTION NO. 62 BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS. (DA No. 06-1443)”

DTV CHANNEL ELECTION ISSUES-COMPLIANCE WITH THE JULY 1, 2006REPLICATION/MAXIMIZATION INTERFERENCE PROTECTION DEADLINE; STATIONS SEEKING EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE. (DA No. 06-1255)

As part of the transition from analog to digital television (“DTV”), the Commission established deadlines for television broadcast licensees and permittees (hereinafter collectively referred to as “licensees”) to complete the construction of their replicated or maximized facilities or lose interference protection. In this Public Notice we describe the ways in which licensees may demonstrate compliance … Continue reading “DTV CHANNEL ELECTION ISSUES-COMPLIANCE WITH THE JULY 1, 2006REPLICATION/MAXIMIZATION INTERFERENCE PROTECTION DEADLINE; STATIONS SEEKING EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE. (DA No. 06-1255)”

FCC ANNOUNCES IT IS PREPARED TO GRANT LPTV CONSTRUCTION PERMITS AFTER FINAL PAYMENTS ARE MADE. (DA No. 06-1256)

By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau, under delegated authority, announces that it is prepared to grant the construction permit applications listed in Attachment A of this Public Notice following the full and timely payment of the remaining balance of the applicants’ winning bids. Therefore, in accordance with the procedures adopted in the Broadcast First … Continue reading “FCC ANNOUNCES IT IS PREPARED TO GRANT LPTV CONSTRUCTION PERMITS AFTER FINAL PAYMENTS ARE MADE. (DA No. 06-1256)”

MEDIA BUREAU IS PREPARED TO GRANT CERTAIN AUCTION NO. 37 BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS. (DA No. 06-1167)

On November 23, 2004, the Federal Communications Commission completed the auction of 288 FM broadcast construction permits (“Auction No. 37”).  By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau, under delegated authority, announces that it is prepared to grant the construction permit applications listed in Attachment A of this Public Notice following the full and timely payment … Continue reading “MEDIA BUREAU IS PREPARED TO GRANT CERTAIN AUCTION NO. 37 BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS. (DA No. 06-1167)”

FCC ANNOUNCES IT IS PREPARED TO GRANT LPTV CONSTRUCTION PERMITS AFTER FINAL PAYMENTS ARE MADE. (DA No. 06-1136)

By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau, under delegated authority, announces that it is prepared to grant the construction permit applications listed in Attachment A of this Public Notice following the full and timely payment of the remaining balance of the applicants’ winning bids.Therefore, in accordance with the procedures adopted in the Broadcast First Report … Continue reading “FCC ANNOUNCES IT IS PREPARED TO GRANT LPTV CONSTRUCTION PERMITS AFTER FINAL PAYMENTS ARE MADE. (DA No. 06-1136)”

FULL POWER TELEVISION AUCTION NO. 64 WINNING BIDDER APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING. (DA No. 06-1135)

The long-form applications (FCC Forms 301 or 301-DT) for the winning bidders in the Full Power Television Auction No. 64 listed in Attachment A have been found acceptable for filing. The Commission may return or dismiss any application if it is found, upon further examination, to be defective or not in conformance with the Commission’s … Continue reading “FULL POWER TELEVISION AUCTION NO. 64 WINNING BIDDER APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING. (DA No. 06-1135)”

LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR DIGITAL COMPANION CHANNEL APPLICATIONS FILING WINDOW FOR AUCTION NO. 85; REMINDER: FILING WINDOW SEMINAR JUNE 12, 2006. (DA No. 06-1095).

The Federal Communications Commission will hold a filing window seminar for the Low Power Television (LPTV) and TV Translator digital companion channel (Auction No. 85) applicants on Monday, June 12, 2006.Attendance at this seminar is free of charge. Interested parties should pre-register by June 8, 2006, using the attached form or by calling the FCC. … Continue reading “LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR DIGITAL COMPANION CHANNEL APPLICATIONS FILING WINDOW FOR AUCTION NO. 85; REMINDER: FILING WINDOW SEMINAR JUNE 12, 2006. (DA No. 06-1095).”

TENTATIVE DIGITAL CHANNEL DESIGNATIONS FOR STATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS OF THE DTV CHANNEL ELECTION PROCESS. (DA No. 06-1082)

Tentative Digital Channel Designations for Stations participating in the First and Second Rounds of the DTV Channel Election Process In the Second DTV Periodic Review Report and Order, the Commission adopted a multi-step channel election process for full-service television broadcast licensees and permittees (hereinafter“licensees”) to select their ultimate DTV channel inside the core TV spectrum … Continue reading “TENTATIVE DIGITAL CHANNEL DESIGNATIONS FOR STATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST AND SECOND ROUNDS OF THE DTV CHANNEL ELECTION PROCESS. (DA No. 06-1082)”

AM AUCTION NO. 84 MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE APPLICATIONS DISMISSED FOR EITHER FAILING TO FILE OR UNTIMELY FILING OF SECTION 307(B) SHOWING. (DA No. 06-586).

On June 15, 2005, the Media Bureau released a Public Notice containing a list of 802 mutually exclusive AM Auction No. 84 window-filed Form 301 tech box applications. In that Public Notice the Commission defined three categories of mutually exclusive auction applications, detailed the filings required for each mutually exclusive application category, and specified a … Continue reading “AM AUCTION NO. 84 MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE APPLICATIONS DISMISSED FOR EITHER FAILING TO FILE OR UNTIMELY FILING OF SECTION 307(B) SHOWING. (DA No. 06-586).”

AUCTION OF FULL POWER TELEVISION CONSTRUCTION PERMITS; 25 BIDDERS QUALIFIED TO PARTICIPATE IN AUCTION NO. 64.

In this Public Notice, the Media Bureau (“MB”) and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“WTB”) (collectively the “Bureaus”) identify 25 applicants found to be qualified to bid in the upcoming auction for 11 full power television station construction permits (“Auction No. 64”). Bidding in Auction No. 64 is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 15, 2006.In … Continue reading “AUCTION OF FULL POWER TELEVISION CONSTRUCTION PERMITS; 25 BIDDERS QUALIFIED TO PARTICIPATE IN AUCTION NO. 64.”

CLARIFICATION OF RECONSIDERATION PERIOD AND EFFECTIVE DATE FOR TERMINATIONS OF WIRELESS RADIO SERVICE AUTHORIZATIONS.

On February 21, 2005, the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. (SBE) filed a Request for Clarification in reference to the Wireless Bureau’s Declaratory Ruling regarding automatic terminations of wireless radio service authorizations in the Universal Licensing System. The Request specifically concerned how ULS’ automatic termination feature would affect certain Part 74 Broadcast Auxiliary Services (BAS). … Continue reading “CLARIFICATION OF RECONSIDERATION PERIOD AND EFFECTIVE DATE FOR TERMINATIONS OF WIRELESS RADIO SERVICE AUTHORIZATIONS.”

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FILING WINDOW FOR LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR DIGITALCOMPANION CHANNEL APPLICATIONS STARTING MAY 1, 2006.FREEZE ON FILING OF LOW POWER TELEVISION, TV TRANSLATOR AND CLASS AANALOG AND DIGITAL CHANGES STARTING APRIL 3, 2006.

In furtherance of the digital broadcast television (DTV) transition and to enable more viewers to realize the many benefits of DTV, the Commission established rules and policies to facilitate the digital transition for low power television (LPTV), TV translator and Class A TV stations. In its Report and Order, the Commission stated that its new … Continue reading “ANNOUNCEMENT OF FILING WINDOW FOR LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR DIGITALCOMPANION CHANNEL APPLICATIONS STARTING MAY 1, 2006.FREEZE ON FILING OF LOW POWER TELEVISION, TV TRANSLATOR AND CLASS AANALOG AND DIGITAL CHANGES STARTING APRIL 3, 2006.”

MEDIA BUREAU IS PREPARED TO GRANT CERTAIN AUCTION NO. 37 BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS.

On November 23, 2004, the Federal Communications Commission completed the auction of 288 FM broadcast construction permits (“Auction No. 37”). By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau, under delegated authority, announces that it is prepared to grant the construction permit applications listed in the attached files following the full and timely payment of the remaining … Continue reading “MEDIA BUREAU IS PREPARED TO GRANT CERTAIN AUCTION NO. 37 BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS.”

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF "AUTO-TERM,"THE AUTOMATED FEATURE IN ITS UNIVERSAL LICENSING SYSTEM THAT IDENTIFIESUNCONSTRUCTED STATIONS RESULTING IN AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF LICENSES

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) announces it has enhanced the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to include an automated feature, “Auto-Term,” for certain Wireless Radio Services. Auto-Term identifies licenses, and license locations and frequencies (license components) subject to construction or coverage requirements for which a notice of construction or a request for an extension of time … Continue reading “WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF "AUTO-TERM,"THE AUTOMATED FEATURE IN ITS UNIVERSAL LICENSING SYSTEM THAT IDENTIFIESUNCONSTRUCTED STATIONS RESULTING IN AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF LICENSES”

SECOND ROUND DTV CHANNEL ELECTION ISSUES – PROPOSED NEGOTIATED CHANNEL ARRANGEMENTS AND PROCEDURES FOR FILING ASSOCIATED PLEADINGS.

The Media Bureau hereby releases a list of the stations participating in the second round of DTV channel elections that are also participating in negotiated channel arrangements (“NCAs”). The attached list identifies stations proposing an NCA, as indicated on FCC Form 384, Digital Channel Election Form Second Round Election, and the channel the station proposes … Continue reading “SECOND ROUND DTV CHANNEL ELECTION ISSUES – PROPOSED NEGOTIATED CHANNEL
ARRANGEMENTS AND PROCEDURES FOR FILING ASSOCIATED PLEADINGS.”

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Clarification Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that clarifies the Commission’s existing guidelines for stations’ interim use of DTS and initiates a rulemaking.

DTS technology would allow stations to employ multiple synchronized transmitters spread around a station’s service area, rather than a single-transmitter, enabling broadcasters to fill gaps in service coverage.  Each transmitter would broadcast the station’s DTV signal on the same channel, similar to analog TV booster stations but more efficiently.  The major benefit offered by DTS … Continue reading “The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Clarification Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that clarifies the Commission’s existing guidelines for stations’ interim use of DTS and initiates a rulemaking.”

AUCTION OF FM BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMITS, STATUS OF FCC FORM 175 APPLICATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN AUCTION NO. 62.

The Media Bureau and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (collectively the “Bureaus”) of the Federal Communications Commission (“ Commission”) have received 339 FCC Form 175 (short- form) applications to participate in the upcoming auction of 171 FM broadcast construction permits (Auction No. 62) scheduled to begin on Thursday, January 12, 2006. The applications have been reviewed … Continue reading “AUCTION OF FM BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMITS, STATUS OF FCC FORM 175 APPLICATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN AUCTION NO. 62.”

COMMISSION AMENDS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) RULES TO INCLUDE DIGITALMEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AND SEEKS FURTHER COMMENTS ON EAS SYSTEM.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a First Report and Order to help ensure that consumers using digital broadcast and subscription television and radio services have access to emergency alert and warning information. Noting the ever-increasing use of digital technologies by Americans, the First Report and Order expands the Commission’s current EAS rules to include … Continue reading “COMMISSION AMENDS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) RULES TO INCLUDE DIGITALMEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AND SEEKS FURTHER COMMENTS ON EAS SYSTEM.”

MEDIA BUREAU ADOPTS SIMPLIFIED APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR AM NONDIRECTIONAL KINSTAR ANTENNAS.

By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau (“ Bureau”) announces simplified procedures for AM station construction permit applications which specify nondirectional KinStar antennas. Based on its review of the KinStar field tests and submitted reports, the Bureau announces that it will not routinely require the submission of a proof of performance, current distribution measurements, or … Continue reading “MEDIA BUREAU ADOPTS SIMPLIFIED APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR AM NONDIRECTIONAL KINSTAR ANTENNAS.”

Deadline For Filing FCC Form 384, Digital Channel Election Form, Second Round Election Extended Until October 31, 2005.

In the Second DTV Periodic Review Report and Order, the Commission adopted a multi- step channel election process through which the nation’s full- power television licensees and permittees (licensees) will select their ultimate DTV channel inside the core (i. e., channels 2- 51). On October 4, 2005, the Commission announced 1,713 tentative channel designations based … Continue reading “Deadline For Filing FCC Form 384, Digital Channel Election Form, Second Round Election Extended Until October 31, 2005.”

MEDIA BUREAU IS PREPARED TO GRANT CERTAIN AUCTION NO. 37 BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS.

On November 23, 2004, the Federal Communications Commission completed the auction of 288 FM broadcast construction permits (“ Auction No. 37”). By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau, under delegated authority, announces that it is prepared to grant the construction permit applications listed in Attachment A of this Public Notice following the full and timely … Continue reading “MEDIA BUREAU IS PREPARED TO GRANT CERTAIN AUCTION NO. 37 BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS.”

COMMISSION CLARIFIES POLICY REGARDING MULTIPLEAUDIO STREAMS IN IBOC TRANSMISSIONS.

On October 10, 2002, the Commission authorized the commencement of interim operation with the iBiquity hybrid IBOC systems. Under these interim authorization procedures, stations may use only facilities similar to those evaluated by the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC). Since the NRSC’sinitial recommendations, certain modifications to the IBOC system have been introduced and tested. In … Continue reading “COMMISSION CLARIFIES POLICY REGARDING MULTIPLEAUDIO STREAMS IN IBOC TRANSMISSIONS.”

TENTATIVE DIGITAL CHANNEL DESIGNATIONS FOR STATIONS PARTICIPATING INTHE FIRST ROUND OF DTV CHANNEL ELECTIONS AND SECOND ROUND ELECTIONFILING DEADLINE.

Tentative Digital Channel Designations for Stations Participating in the First Round of DTV Channel Elections and Second Round Election Filing Deadline In the Second DTV Periodic Review Report and Order, the Commission adopted a multi- step channel election process through which the nation’s full- power television broadcast licensees and permittees (licensees) will select their ultimate … Continue reading “TENTATIVE DIGITAL CHANNEL DESIGNATIONS FOR STATIONS PARTICIPATING INTHE FIRST ROUND OF DTV CHANNEL ELECTIONS AND SECOND ROUND ELECTIONFILING DEADLINE.”

FCC COMMENCES ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ON-CHANNEL DIGITAL CONVERSIONOF LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR STATIONS AND ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OFREVISED APPLICATION FORMS 346 AND 301-CA.

In the Report and Order establishing rules and policies for digital low power television (LPTV) and television translator stations, the Commission provided for the on- channel digital conversion of existing stations following the effective date of the rule changes in the proceeding and approval of revisions to the related application forms. 1 All of the … Continue reading “FCC COMMENCES ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ON-CHANNEL DIGITAL CONVERSIONOF LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR STATIONS AND ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OFREVISED APPLICATION FORMS 346 AND 301-CA.”

Auction of full Power Television Station Construction Permits Scheduled for MARCH 15, 2006; Comment Sought on Reserve Prices or Minimum Opening Bids and Other Auction Procedures for Auction No. 64

By this Public Notice, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“ WTB”) and the Media Bureau (“ MB”) (collectively referred to as the “Bureaus”) announce the auction of 11 full power television (TV) station construction permits (Auction No. 64) to commence on March 15, 2006. A list of the channels and communities of these proposed stations are … Continue reading “Auction of full Power Television Station Construction Permits
Scheduled for MARCH 15, 2006; Comment Sought on Reserve Prices or
Minimum Opening Bids and Other Auction Procedures for Auction No. 64”

FM Broadcast Auction Start Date Rescheduled for January 12, 2006: New Pre-Auction Dates and Deadlines Established for Auction No. 62

In order to provide additional time for bidder preparation and planning in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the upcoming auction of 171 FM broadcast construction permits (“Auction No. 62”), initially scheduled to commence on November 1, 2005, is rescheduled to begin on January 12, 2006. 1 In addition, certain pre- auction events and deadlines are rescheduled. … Continue reading “FM Broadcast Auction Start Date Rescheduled for January 12, 2006: New
Pre-Auction Dates and Deadlines Established for Auction No. 62”

AUCTION NO. 84
SETTLEMENT PERIOD AND SECTION 307(B) SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 31, 2005.

On June 15, 2005, the FCC’s Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus released a Public Notice 1 providing a list of all proposals received during the AM Auction No. 84 filing window that were determined to be mutually exclusive with other proposals submitted in the filing window. The Bureaus also announced a settlement period ending September … Continue reading “AUCTION NO. 84
SETTLEMENT PERIOD AND SECTION 307(B) SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 31, 2005.”

FCC’S MEDIA BUREAU TO ALLOW NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL STATIONS TO AIRESSENTIAL COMMERCIAL PROGRAMS TO VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA.

In order to get essential information to victims of Hurricane Katrina as quickly as possible, the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau today suspended Commission rules to permit noncommercial educational (NCE) radio and television stations in New Orleans to rebroadcast programming, including commercial matter, received from commercial broadcast stations in a Public Notice.

FCC Media Bureau announces procedures to promote theresumption of radio and television broadcast service to areas impacted byhurricane Katrina

The Media Bureau announces procedures to help radio stations, television stations, and multichannel video programming distributers to resume and maintain broadcast operations to the residents of the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina. For additional information, broadcast stations should contact the Media Bureau staff specified in the attached documents.

FCC Announces Licensing Procedures for BAS, CARS, and LTTS 2 GHz Transition; Addresses SBE Petition for Ruling on Number of Transmitters Permitted Per BAS License.

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU (WTB) AND MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCE LICENSING PROCEDURES TO FACILITATE THE TRANSITION OF BAS, CARS, AND LTTS LICENSES TO THE 2025 – 2110 MHZ BAND AND WTB ADDRESSES SBE PETITION FOR DECLARATORY RULING. (DA No. 05-2223). WTB. Contact: Stephen Buenzow at (717) 338-2687, Email: Stephen. Buenzow@fcc.gov or Wayne McKee at (202) 418-2355

The Creation of a Low Power FM Service is proposed

Creation of a Low Power Radio Service, MM Docket No. 99-25 (February 3, 1999). The Comment period has been extended; comments are due August 2, 1999, and reply comments are due September 1, 1999. Any current "pirate" operators might be interested in the FCC’s inspectionin a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

FCC COMMENCES RULEMAKING TO CONSIDER TERRESTRIAL DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING.

Mass Media Bureau contacts: Peter Doyle 202-418-2780, William Scher 418-2780, Keith Larson 418-2600; Office of Engineering and Technology contacts: Bruce Franca and Alan Stillwell 418-2470; News Media contact: David Fiske 202-418-0500. by NPRM. Action by: the Commission. Adopted: November 1, 1999. Dkt No.: MM- 99-325.

FCC ADOPTS NEW EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) RULES

Promotes anti-discrimination efforts, broad outreach and industry flexibility Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopts new EEO rules which reaffirm the Commission’s long-standing anti-discrimination rule and emphasize broad outreach to all qualified job candidates for positions at radio, television and cable companies.

In the Matter of Creation of Low Power Radio Service

MM Docket No. 99-25, RM-9208, RM-9242. REPORT AND ORDER Adopted: January 20, 2000 Released: January 27, 2000 By the Commission: Chairman Kennard and Commissioners Ness and Tristani issuing separate statements; Commissioner Furchgott-Roth dissenting and issuing a statement; and Commissioner Powell approving in part, dissenting in part and issuing a statement.

FCC Releases Report And Order Establishing a Class A Television Service.

In this Report and Order, the Commission establishes a Class A television service to implement the Community Broadcasters Protection Act of 1999 (CBPA), which was signed into law November 29, 1999. Pursuant to the CBPA and our implementing rules, certain qualifying low-power television (LPTV) stations will be accorded Class A status.

FCC ISSUES BROADCAST OWNERSHIP BIENNIAL REVIEW REPORT; WILLBEGIN RULEMAKINGS ON DUAL NETWORK, RADIO MARKET DEFINITION, EXPERIMENTALSTATION AND NEWSPAPER/BROADCAST CROSS-OWNERSHIP.

The FCC has completed its Biennial Review of its broadcast ownership rules and proposes to retain, but modify three rules: (1) the dual network rule to allow common ownership of an established TV network (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) and an emerging network (WBTN or UPN); (2) the definition of local radio markets and the methods … Continue reading “FCC ISSUES BROADCAST OWNERSHIP BIENNIAL REVIEW REPORT; WILLBEGIN RULEMAKINGS ON DUAL NETWORK, RADIO MARKET DEFINITION, EXPERIMENTALSTATION AND NEWSPAPER/BROADCAST CROSS-OWNERSHIP.”

YEAR 2000 DEADLINE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH COMMISSION’S REGULATIONS REGARDING HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RADIOFREQUENCY EMISSIONS

On August 25, 1997, the Commission adopted the second of two Orders finalizing its rules regarding compliance with safety limits for human exposure to radiofrequency (RF) emissions (FCC 97-303, 12 FCC Rcd 13494, 1997). The effective dates for implementation of the revised rules were August 1, 1996, for devices subject to equipment authorization, such as … Continue reading “YEAR 2000 DEADLINE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH COMMISSION’S
REGULATIONS REGARDING HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RADIOFREQUENCY EMISSIONS”

PUBLIC NOTICE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

On November 29, 1999, the Community Broadcasters Protection Act of 1999 was signed into law. That legislation provides that a low power television station licensee may convert the secondary status of its station to the new Class A status, provided it can satisfy certain statutorily-established criteria.

IN THE MATTER OF SERVICE RULES FOR THE 746-764 AND 776-794 MHZ BANDS, ANDREVISIONS TO PART 27 OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES/CARRIAGE OF THE TRANSMISSIONS OFDIGITAL TELEVISION BROADCAST STATIONS/REVIEW OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES ANDPOLICIES AFFECTING THE.

Affirmed the service rules adopted in the 700 MHz reviewing applications for approval of voluntary agreements accelerating the transition of incumbent analog television licensees and opening these bands for new 700 MHz licensee use, and sought comment on several aspects of the spectrum clearing process. MO&O & FNPRM, Comments Due: August 16, 2000, Reply Comments … Continue reading “IN THE MATTER OF SERVICE RULES FOR THE 746-764 AND 776-794 MHZ BANDS, ANDREVISIONS TO PART 27 OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES/CARRIAGE OF THE TRANSMISSIONS OFDIGITAL TELEVISION BROADCAST STATIONS/REVIEW OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES ANDPOLICIES AFFECTING THE.”

CHAIRMAN KENNARD CALLS FOR MORE BENEFITS TO PUBLIC FROM $70 BILLION GIVE-AWAY OF 2ND DIGITAL TV CHANNEL

Kennard outlines strategy to fulfill broadcasters’ public interest obligation by enhancing democratic process and details plan to jump-start digital TV and wireless web New York. William E. Kennard, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urged the television broadcast industry to ensure that the power of television is put to the service of the American … Continue reading “CHAIRMAN KENNARD CALLS FOR MORE BENEFITS TO PUBLIC FROM $70 BILLION
GIVE-AWAY OF 2ND DIGITAL TV CHANNEL”

MASS MEDIA BUREAU IMPLEMENTS MANDATORY ELECTRONIC FILING OF FCC FORMS 302-FM, 316 AND 347

By this Public Notice the Mass Media Bureau announces mandatory electronic filing for: The Application for FM Broadcast Station License, FCC Form 302-FM; the Application for Consent to Assign Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License or to Transfer Control of Entity Holding Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License, FCC Form 316; and the Application for … Continue reading “MASS MEDIA BUREAU IMPLEMENTS MANDATORY ELECTRONIC FILING OF FCC FORMS
302-FM, 316 AND 347”

1998 BIENNIAL REGULATORY REVIEW.

Amended rules streamling radio technical rules in Part 73 and 74 of the Commission’s rules. (Dkt No. 98-93). Action by: By the Commission. Adopted: 10/12/2000 by R&O. (FCC No. 00-368). MMB

ELIMINATION OF EXPERIMENTAL BROADCAST OWNERSHIP RESTRICTIONS.

Eliminated the experimental broadcast multiple ownership rule, stating that no entity may control more than one experimental license absent a showing of need. (Dkt No. 00-105). Action by: Commission. Adopted: 03/22/2001 by R&O. (FCC No. 01-99). MMB

FCC ADOPTS NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING ON EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) RULES.

Released March 20, 2001. The FCC announced its has adopted a NPRM seeking comment on amendments to the Part 11 Rules governing the EAS requested by the National Weather Service and the Society of Broadcast Engineers. By NPRM, FCC 01-88. News Release. (Dkt No 01-66). News Media Contact: John Winston at (202) 418-7450 ENF. Contact … Continue reading “FCC ADOPTS NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING ON EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS)
RULES.”

FCC ADOPTS REVISED LPFM ORDER; CODIFIES THIRD ADJACENT CHANNEL INTERFERENCE PROTECTION STANDARDS.

The FCC modified its rules for the low power FM service. The modifications 1) prescribe LPFM station third adjacent channel interference protection standards, and 2) prohibit any applicant from obtaining an LPFM station license if the applicant has engaged in the unlicensed operation of a station in violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act … Continue reading “FCC ADOPTS REVISED LPFM ORDER; CODIFIES THIRD ADJACENT CHANNEL
INTERFERENCE PROTECTION STANDARDS.”

EAS ROUTINE TESTING

In connection with the recent terrorist attacks, and in order to avoid potential public confusion or fear, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has requested that broadcast stations suspend their routine weekly and monthly tests of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). In light of FEMA’s request, and after input from the FCC’s EAS National Advisory … Continue reading “EAS ROUTINE TESTING”

For all FCC applications electronically filed on or after December 3, 2001, an FCC Registration Number (FRN) obtained from the CORES System must be included.

For information, see https://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cores/CoresHome.html and Public Notice DA-01-2108A1.pdf. This is the FCC’s method of determining whether there are any outstanding fees due associated with an applicant. Their system will cross-check ALL licenses and filings related to the Taxpayer ID Number, and new applications will not be fully processed until the delinquency is cleared.

FCC REALLOCATES AND ADOPTS SERVICE RULES FOR TELEVISION CHANNELS 52-59

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has adopted allocation and service rules for 48 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in the 698-746 MHz band (Lower 700 MHz band) currently occupied by television channels 52-59 in many markets. This spectrum is being reclaimed for new commercial services as part of the transition of television broadcasting from analog to … Continue reading “FCC REALLOCATES AND ADOPTS
SERVICE RULES FOR TELEVISION CHANNELS 52-59”

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON PROCEDURES TO ALLOCATE AND LICENSE NON-RESERVED SPECTRUM IN WHICH APPLICANTS FOR NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL BROADCAST STATION LICENSES HAVE AN INTEREST.

In the 2nd FNPRM, the FCC asked for comment on new procedures to license non-reserved spectrum in which applicants for both commercial and noncommercial educational (NCE) broadcast stations have an interest. News Release. Adopted: 02/14/2002. News Media Contact: Audrey Spivack 202-418-0512 OPA. Contact Eric Bash 202-418-1188

REEXAMINATION OF THE COMPARATIVE STANDARDS FOR NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL APPLICANTS; ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA’S PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS’S MOTION FOR STAY OF LOW POWER TELEVISION AUCTION (NO.81).

The FCC seeks additional comment on the procedures the Commission should use to license "non-reserved" channels in which both commercial and noncommercial educational entities have an interest. (Dkt No. 95-31). Action by: The Commission. Comments Due: 04/15/2002. Reply Comments Due: 05/15/2002. Adopted: 02/14/2002 by NPRM. (FCC No. 02-44).

FCC SETS RULEMAKING TO ESTABLISH REMEDIAL MEASURES FOR UNEXCUSED FAILURE TO CONSTRUCT DIGITAL TELEVISION FACILITIES

The Federal Communications Commission today initiated a rulemaking proceeding to examine what measures it should take regarding television broadcasters who fail to meet their digital television (“DTV”) construction deadlines. All commercial broadcasters were required to construct their digital facilities by May 1, 2002. NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: David Fiske (202) 418-0513 Audrey Spivack 418-0512

REMEDIAL STEPS FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH DIGITAL TELEVISION CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE.

Granted the extension requests and extended the DTV construction deadlines for these stations to 6 months from the release date. Adopted NPRM to seek comment on the policy we should follow when requests to extend DTV construction deadlines are denied. (Dkt No. 02-113). Action by: the Commission. Comments Due: 07/08/2002. Reply Comments Due: 07/23/2002. Adopted: … Continue reading “REMEDIAL STEPS FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH DIGITAL TELEVISION CONSTRUCTION
SCHEDULE.”

REALLOCATION AND SERVICE RULES FOR THE 698-746 MHZ SPECTRUM BAND.

Addressed petitions for reconsideration filed by eight parties seeking changes and/or clarification to this Commission’s decisions regarding issues relating to the transition to DTV service and rules for auctioning and licensing new services to lower 700. Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 06/14/2002 by MO&O. (FCC No. 02-185).

FCC SELECTS DIGITAL RADIO TECHNOLOGY.

Selected in-band, on-channel (IBOC) as the technology that will bring the benefits of digital audio broadcasting to AM and FM radio broadcasters efficiently and rapidly.. News Release. News Media Contact: Audrey Spivack (202) 418- 0512 OMR. Contact Peter Doyle (202) 418-2789

CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY.

Issued a monetary forfeiture in the amount of $8,000 to California Speedway for the willful violation of Section 301 of the Act involving operating an unlicensed radio transmitter on FM frequency. Action by: Chief, Enforcement Bureau. Adopted: 11/12/2002 by Forfeiture Order. (DA No. 02-3105). EB

IBOC NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

AM and FM stations implementing digital operations may do so without Special Temporary Authority. Notification is required within 10 days of commencement of digital operations. MB. Contact: Ann Gallagher at (202) 418-2700

REVISIONS TO BROADCAST AUXILIARY SERVICE RULES IN PART 74 AND CONFORMING TECHNICAL RULES FOR BROADCAST AUXILIARY SERVICE, CABLE TELEVISION RELAY SERVICE AND FIXED SERVICES IN PARTS 74, 78 AND 101 OF THE COMMISSION’S RULES.

Granted a temporary stay request filed by Society of Broadcast Engineers to delay the effective date of prior coordination procedures adopted in this proceeding for most fixed point-to-point Aural and TV BAS stations. (Dkt No. 01-75). Action by: Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology. Adopted: 04/15/2003 by ORDER. (DA No. 03-1141). OET

FCC PROPOSES TO FINE WESTERN WIRELESS $200,000 FOR UNAUTHORIZED OPERATION RESULTING FROM NONCOMPLIANCE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL RULES.

Issued a NAL in the amount of $200,000 to Western Wireless Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary, WWC Holding Co., Inc. for operating radio transmitting equipment from an unauthorized location. News Release. News Media Contact: David Fiske at (202) 418-0500 EB. Contact : Lisa Fowlkes at (202) 418-7450 or Kathy Harvey at (202) 418-7514, TTY: … Continue reading “FCC PROPOSES TO FINE WESTERN WIRELESS $200,000 FOR UNAUTHORIZED OPERATION
RESULTING FROM NONCOMPLIANCE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL RULES.”

FCC SETS LIMITS ON MEDIA CONCENTRATION

Unprecedented Public Record Results in Enforceable and Balanced Broadcast Ownership Rules Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted new broadcast ownership rules that are enforceable, based on empirical evidence and reflective of the current media marketplace. Today’s action represents the most comprehensive review of media ownership regulation in the agency’s history, spanning … Continue reading “FCC SETS LIMITS ON MEDIA CONCENTRATION”

FCC Vacant Allotment Auction

The FCC has rescheduled Auction Number 37, containing 290 commercial FM vacant allotments, for November 3, 2004. Cavell Mertz & Davis Inc. has developed population data for each allotment and an accompanying coverage contour map.

The FCC Media Bureau announced a temporary FREEZE on all minorFM change applications during the upcoming FM Auction filing window anda FREEZE on counterproposals to change allotments for the 172 vacantallotments being auctioned.

The Auction 62 filing window will open on July 27, 2005 and extend through August 12, 2005. During this time, the FCC Media Bureau will not be accepting minor change applications for commercial and noncommercial FM stations. Additionally, the Bureau announced a freeze on counterproposals to change allotments for the 172 vacant FM allotments being … Continue reading “The FCC Media Bureau announced a temporary FREEZE on all minorFM change applications during the upcoming FM Auction filing window anda FREEZE on counterproposals to change allotments for the 172 vacantallotments being auctioned.