BREAKING NEWS!
FCC ANNOUNCES NEW FILING WINDOW FOR NEW RURAL DIGITAL LPTV & TV TRANSLATORS TO BEGIN MONDAY 12/2/19




Document Dates...
  • Released & Issues On: Dec. 2, 2019
  • Window Closes On:  Jan. 31, 2020
  • Contact: 
    • Mark Colombo Mark.Colombo@fcc.gov - (202) 418-7611
    • Shaun Maher - Shaun.Maher@fcc.gov - (202) 418-2324
from the document...

"The Media Bureau hereby announces a window filing opportunity for pending new rural digital low power and TV translator stations (LPTV/translator stations) displaced by the Incentive Auction and station repack to amend their applications to specify a new channel between 2 to 36 (in core channels). The window will open today, December 2, 2019, and close on January 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. "

"In 2009, the Media Bureau began accepting applications for new rural digital LPTV/translator stations on a limited basis and then later froze those filings. The Media Bureau suspended processing of these applications due to the possibility that they could be displaced by the forthcoming Incentive Auction and repacking process. With the completion of the Incentive Auction and the progress made in the post-Incentive Auction transition, it is appropriate to give these applicants an opportunity to amend their applications to specify a new digital in core channel."

"To be eligible to file in this window, the applicant must have a pending application for a new digital LPTV/translator station that was displaced by the Incentive Auction and repacking process."

In order to be considered "displaced" for purposes of filing in this window, an LPTV/translator applicant must: 

(1) be subject to displacement by a full power or Class A television station on the repacked television band (channels 2-36) as a result of the Incentive Auction and repacking process, 

(2) have proposed a frequency repurposed for new, flexible use by a 600 MHz Band wireless licensee, or 

(3) have proposed a frequency that will serve as part of the 600 MHz Band guard bands (which includes the duplex gap).

"In addition to specifying a new in core digital channel, applicants may modify their technical specifications provided such changes do not result in a change in transmitter site of more than 48 kilometers from the reference coordinates specified in their original application..."

"All amendments submitted during the window will be considered filed on the last day of the window. Mutually exclusive (MX) applicants will be given an opportunity to resolve their MX through settlement or engineering amendment..."

"Applications that are not amended to specify an in core channel during this window will be subsequently dismissed..."

COALITION COMMENTARY
This new filing window is very much welcomed by a small number of applicants with a whole lot of app's, and they really did not know if they ever would be able to amend their displaced pending app's.  Those that could be issued were so in the recent filing windows, but these were not.  When the Coalition last did this analysis there were literally 100's of them sitting out there is rural America.  And rather than think of them as very small market stations, think of many of them as vital 3.0 links along major highway corridors of coverage.



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FCC'S TOP GEEK SET TO RETIRE
AFTER 45 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE, THE HEAD OF THE FCC'S OET TO RETIRE AT YEAR'S END

Julius "Julie" P. Knapp, II, for the past 13 years the FCC's Chief Engineer, has announced his retirement from the FCC, effective Jan. 3, 2020. (Conspiracy theorists will note that it is the same date that Deputy Video Division Director Hossein Hashemzadeh is also set to retire). 

While many of you only deal with the lawyers of the FCC's Video Division for your LPTV station permits and license renewals, it is the Office of Engineering & Technology (OET), where the laws of physics dictate much of what you may and may not do.  

The Office of Engineering and Technology's (OET) mission is to manage the spectrum and provide leadership to create new opportunities for competitive technologies and services for the American public. It maintains the U.S. Table of Frequency Allocations, manages the Experimental Licensing and Equipment Authorization programs, regulates the operation of unlicensed devices, and conducts engineering and technical studies.

Chairman Pai issued the following statement about Mr. Knapp's retirement:

"Julie Knapp is an FCC institution, and I will miss him for his expertise, his leadership, and his friendship. He's delivered incalculable value for American consumers over the years. As just one example, if you have a device that uses the airwaves, the chances are that you're benefiting from Julie's efforts. He's played a key role in all of the Commission's spectrum efforts over many years, from freeing up spectrum for 4G LTE and 5G to making more spectrum available for unlicensed operations like Wi-Fi to encouraging technologies of the future, like wireless medical services. He has also been instrumental in modernizing and streamlining the FCC's equipment authorization process, which helps get new devices into consumers' hands quickly and safely.

"On a personal level, when I think of Julie, I'm reminded of the old advertising slogan, 'When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.' That's because when Julie speaks, everyone listens. Across the federal government and throughout the private sector, Julie is widely respected for his vast knowledge, his ability to explain complex technical concepts in an accessible way, his collegiality, and his candor. As I've seen many times during my tenure as Chairman, his reputation as a solid technical expert and a straight shooter has made him invaluable in resolving numerous challenges facing the FCC that might have otherwise proven intractable."


COALITION COMMENTARY
Julie Knapp helped LPTV and TV translators during both the digital transition and the recent incentive auction process by directing the OET staff to providing key tools and datasets which allowed the consulting engineering community to understand better what might and would not happen to us during these dramatic transitions.  Did you know that not one displaced station or construction permit was lost during the current displacement process?  Pretty niffy considering all of the doom and gloom which many predicted preauction. And a lot of that goes to the insights and assistance we received from folks at OET, so thanks Mr. Knapp!  But just where are you and Hossein off to together on the same day? Enjoy!








COALITION COMMENTARY
Did you notice the 7 LPTV with top-4 network affiliations in the list of stations which sold?  This can only be done in smaller markets which do not have full powers in their area.  Takes some guts to build these out to network standards and actually run a local news operation.  Waypoint's news operation was bought earlier this year from Media Gateway, and has been custom built to serve this group of stations.  Smart buy from Standard Media Group.



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