FCC LPTV WEBINAR
TUESDAY - FEB. 17, 2015
10:30 AM EASTERN

Make sure you block out tomorrow (Tuesday) morning to attend on line the only FCC information session about the Incentive Auction and LPTV.  It has been three years since the enabling legislation was passed, the auction rules are almost complete, and LPTV has just had its own NPRM and comments round.  So this is your chance to learn what will be happening, and to ask a question. Sign up at the FCC for it here:


If you want to review the LPTV NPRM, the original comments, the reply comments, or to submit questions for tomorrow's event, go to the Coalition's special page to submit them:


The format of the webinar is one-way.  You dial in to listen, and go to a webpage to see the slides.  And you either submit questions ahead of time, or during the event to a link provided.  But you must follow the instructions to do it, so make sure to use the sign-up link above.  


After this webinar the FCC will soon issue a Report & Order about the issues raised, questions asked, and the comments provided.  This will be an on-going process right up to, and on through the auction, a year from now.

We hope many of you will attend on line tomorrow.  If not ,the event will be archived by the FCC, and the Coalition, for on-demand review.  

  • The webinar is NOT about getting LPTV in the auction
  • It is all about when we have to build our construction permits
  • How we get repacked with new channels after the auction
  • The potential costs of our post-auction channel displacements
  • The new Digital Replacement Translators
  • Which if any priorities will be given to specific types of licenses
  • The channel 6 FM service rules
  • And any great new ideas which could help us which the FCC has authority for.
Going forward this is going to be a very busy time for how LPTV will be operating and look like in the future.  There are many other rule makings, public notices, and orders which you and us will need to be aware of and participate in.

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Meanwhile back at the newsroom...

MAP IS REPRESENTATIONAL ONLY

NEW LPTV CONSTRUCTION PERMITS ISSUED
The FCC Media Bureau last week issued 22 new construction permits for LPTV stations, including 3 for converting analog to digital Class-A stations (which have until the end of May to convert to be eligible for the Incentive Auction).  There are also 9 totally new construction permits from the large backlog of pending applications, and the rest are a mix of changes, moves, and final permits to build.  They are all over the country, so this is not just a geographic catch-up, but seems to be "working the backlog".

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ATSC 3.0 ALMOST HERE...SORT OF


If you missed this article from TV Technology last week it reports on the possible ATSC 3.0 standard being developed this year and next year actual products being rolled.  What is very important for us all is that if this new standard comes out right in the middle of the repacking process, maybe, just maybe, LPTV could repack with it.  So if you want to stay "in the know", read this TV Technology article.  


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THE MORE THE BETTER FOR LPTV!



Over a year ago the Coalition recommended that all LPTV operators encourage their local full power and Class-A stations to enter the auction so that there would be spectrum left for LPTV to repack into.  This recommendation met with a lot of resistance from our ranks, but now it is clear that this is the absolute best course of action to take.  With the Greenhill 2.0 book now out, and with the very high "opening bid" prices it has, finally, the FCC has found a way to encourage those resistant auction eligible licenses from even considering the auction.  

You will see from the above article, that even CBS, which while it airs on about 233 stations, owns 31 of them.  And 10 of these are auction-eligible duopolies which could be sold in the auction for a big payday.  Heck, CBS could even move the rest of the stations to the VHF and really have a payday. And so the conversation is now going on in a lot of the auction-eligible station corporate board rooms.

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MORE NEW OTA VIEWERS EVERY YEAR!





The trend is undeniable, and LPTV keeps getting new potential viewers each year now ever since the DTV transition.  The above article is one of many which chronicles and details this trend.  Check it out


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HELP US HELP YOU!
If you have not yet participated in the Coalition LPTV Legal Defense Campaign then it is your turn!  We need to keep filing comments, reply comments, and prepare for battle in the courts to protect YOUR spectrum usage rights.


WE GOT YOUR BACK LPTV!

Mike Gravino
Director
LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition
(202) 604-0747
lptvcoalition@gmail.com