- BREAKING NEWS -
DRAFT DISPLACEMENT REPORT & ORDER RELEASED FOR REVIEW
UNDER SUNSHINE RULE
ITEM IS ON THE COMMISSIONERS MARCH 15TH OPEN MEETING AGENDA. FOR THOSE WHICH ARE DISPLACED, THEIR ADVISORS AND SUPPLIERS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THEIR VIEWERS, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT MOST WILL GET THE FUNDING THEY NEED TO CONTINUE BROADCASTING ON THEIR NEW CHANNELS. THE BAD NEWS IS, 100'S WILL NOT!
WE WANT TO KNOW HOW THIS IMPACTS YOUR INVESTMENTS AND OP'S IN LPTV.
This document is being released as part of a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding. Any presentations or views on the subject expressed to the Commission or its staff, including by email, must be filed in MB Docket No. 18-214, which may be accessed via the Electronic Comment Filing System (https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/). Before filing, participants should familiarize themselves with the Commission's ex parte rules, including the general prohibition on presentations (written and oral) on matters listed on the Sunshine Agenda, which is typically released a week prior to the Commission's meeting. See 47 CFR § 1.1200 et seq.
This document has been circulated for tentative consideration by the Commission at its March 2019 open meeting. The issues referenced in this document and the Commission's ultimate resolutions of those issues remain under consideration and subject to change. This document does not constitute any official action by the Commission. However, the Chairman has determined that, in the interest of promoting the public's ability to understand the nature and scope of issues under consideration, the public interest would be served by making this document publicly available. The Commission's ex parte rules apply and presentations are subject to "permit-but-disclose" ex parte rules. See, e.g., 47 CFR §§ 1.1206, 1.1200(a). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission's ex parte rules, including the general prohibition on presentations (written and oral) on matters listed on the Sunshine Agenda, which is typically released a week prior to the Commission's meeting. See 47 CFR §§ 1.1200(a), 1.1203.
We are still going through the entire 64 page document, but our first impressions are that those of you which were displaced, applied in the window and have received a new CP, as long as you meet the new Congressional mandate pre-auction on-air test, the rules are set to get that rebuild done, and mostly paid for. You see, not all broadcast groups agree on all of the rules, conditions, and priorities, NAB and HC2 agree a lot, the Coalition does also, but has multiple favorable rule changes of its own. NTA did not get its fast track approach accepted. NTA also opposed funding full mask filters for LPTV, but the FCC agreed with the Coalition that they should, on a case by case basis.
This R&O is supposed to be voted on during the March 15th meeting, and we will update you all more as we go through it. Ask us any questions you got, and if you have any comments of your own we may publish send us an email.