October 4, 2016

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 reasonably incur in connection with the post-incentive auction repack.

September 30, 2016

FCC Announces the Transition Scheduling Plan Public Notice (TSPPN) for television station repacking

The FCC Media Bureau has proposed a "phased" transition schedule to establish construction deadlines within the 39-month post-auction transition period for television stations that are assigned to new channels in the incentive auction repacking process.  This Public Notice invites comment on the proposed plan, which is detailed in Appendix A.

 

August 31, 2016

FCC Announces New Spectrum Clearing Target

The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announce the 114 MHz spectrum clearing target that has been set by the Auction System’s optimization procedure for the Stage 2 of the incentive auction. Under the band plan associated with this spectrum clearing target, 90 megahertz, or 9 paired blocks, of licensed spectrum will be offered in the forward auction on a near-nationwide basis. This corresponds to spectrum now occupied by TV Channels 32 and above.

Bidding in the clock rounds of Stage 2 of Auction 1001 (Reverse Auction) will begin on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

July 13, 2016

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 communities can receive more specific and relevant alerts during hurricanes or other severe weather.

July 5, 2016

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 tested is designed to comply with all applicable service rules in Part 18 (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical Equipment); Part 95 (Personal Radio Services), Subpart H (Wireless Medical Telemetry Service); or Part 95, Subpart I (Medical Device Radiocommunication Service, or MedRadio). They adopted this proposal, which facilitates access to spectrum that can be used under a program experimental radio license (program license), to improve the utility of this type of licensing scheme for those entities experimenting with RF-based medical devices, and thereby help to advance innovation in this area.

July 1, 2016

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 be held on September 28.

To do this, all EAS participants must first access the FCC’s ETRS site at https://www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-reporting-system and obtain ETRS account credentials. This webpage has a link to the ETRA Registration Page – which is where a participant will have to provide the licensed entity’s FCC legal name. (Note that you must be extremely careful to get the licensee name right throughout all of the on-line paperwork.) You will also be asked to provide an address, phone number, the entity FRN, and the FRN password. When that is successfully accomplished, an e-mail is generated that will supply the ETRS account credentials, along with a link to the ETRS log-in page.

After logging in, instructions will be found for completing Form One. Take your time, and read the directions carefully. For instance, any EAS participant “owned by a larger entity should accurately enter the owning entity’s legal name in the Owner of EAS Participant field in Form One”. Participants with multiple facilities may appoint a “coordinator” who would be able to access and revise data for all filers using the same FRN. So care must be taken to enter in the proper entity name. Also note that apparently “cookies” are spawned in this process, so if you are doing this for more than one entity, you have to ensure that you are fully logged out before trying to handle the paperwork for a different entity.

When you are filling out Form One, there are several potential stumbling points:

-          The daytime transmitter site is the designated transmitter location (for AM stations)

-          The “Geographic Zone” is the Operational Area specified in your state EAS plan. (There is a dropdown menu choice or you can find your information from a link the FCC provides)

-          The transmitter coordinates need to be in “decimal form”, and specified in NAD-83 datum, not the NAD-27 coordinates you find on your license or in the CDBS record

-          You need to supply information on the kind of EAS device you have and the software version; hopefully the system is IPAWS CAP compliant

There are two other forms you will eventually encounter: “Form Two” and “Form Three”. Form Two must be completed within 24 hours of a test. Form Three is for the “receipt of EAS message”.

The FCC has reportedly assigned a person to assist in form preparation – they can be reached at ETRS@fcc.gov .

July 1, 2016

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.

The existing test bed includes a transmitter rack, a receiver rack, and an audio rack. All racks incorporate grounding bars; power to the test bed is supplied through a UPS systems.

The transmitter rack includes three AM exciters, three FM transmitters & HD exciters, Exporters, RF attenuators (one which is programmable), an RF patch panel, RF noise generator, RF loads, and a 6 port RF combiner.

The audio rack contains an audio router, a patch bay for analog and AES digital signals, audio test and measurement equipment, automation and control computers, three audio processors, audio noise generator, monitoring equipment, and an RDS encoder.

The receiver rack contains an 8-port RF splitter fed from the transmitter rack combiner, five test receivers, an associated 12VDC power supply, two RF spectrum analyzers, and a keyboard and monitor for all computers.

If you or your organization has an interest in using this system, lab time (and a system engineer, if necessary) can be made available in coordination with Cavell Mertz & Associates, Inc. and the NAB Technology department. Rental and system engineer rates, as well as more detailed system information can be made available upon request.

Contact Mike Rhodes at Cavell Mertz for further information via e-mail at mrhodes@cavellmertz.com.

June 15, 2016

FCC Announces Noise Floor Technical Inquiry

The FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC), is investigating changes and trends to the radio spectrum noise floor to determine if there is an increasing noise problem, and if so, the scope and quantitative evidence of such problem(s), and how a noise study should be performed. In this public notice, the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announces the TAC’s public inquiry, seeking comments and answers to questions below for the TAC about radio spectrum noise.

Comment Deadline: August 11, 2016

May 26, 2016

Media Bureau Announces Date By Which LPTV And TV Translator Stations Must Be "Operating" In Order to Participate In Post-Incentive Auction Special Displacement Window

By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau announced that, in order to participate in the post-Incentive Auction special displacement window, low power television (LPTV) and TV translator stations must be operating on the date that the Channel Reassignment Public Notice is released following the completion of the reverse auction.

In the Incentive Auction R&O, the Commission delegated authority to the Media Bureau to announce, after release of the Channel Reassignment Public Notice and after eligible full power and Class A television stations have an opportunity to file construction permit applications for their new facilities, including an alternative channel or expanded facility, a limited window for operating LPTV and TV translator stations to submit displacement applications. The Commission’s rules limit eligibility to file in the displacement window to “operating low power TV and TV translator stations that are displaced . . . as a result of the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction.” The Commission delegated authority to the Media Bureau to announce the terms of the limited displacement window consistent with the approach outlined in the Incentive Auction R&O.

May 13, 2016

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 Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas (Collocation Agreement) to account for the limited potential of small wireless antennas and associated equipment, including Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and small cell facilities, to affect historic properties. The Bureau also proposes minor amendments intended to clarify pre-existing provisions of the Collocation Agreement without modifying how those provisions will be administered going forward.

April 29, 2016

Initial Clearing Target of 126  MegaHertz Set For The Broadcast Television Spectrums Incentive Auction; Bidding In The Clock Phase Of The Reverse Auction (Auction1001) Will Start On May 31, 2016

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau also Announce Number of Forward Auction Blocks, Mailing of Final Confidential Status Letters, and Important Upcoming Events and Dates for Auction 1001

1. By this Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force (Task Force) and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) announce the 126 megahertz initial spectrum clearing target that has been set by the Auction System’s initial clearing target determination procedure and the associated band plan for the initial stage of the incentive auction, as well as the number of Category 1 and Category 2 generic license blocks in each Partial Economic Area (PEA) that will be offered in the initial stage during the forward auction (Auction 1002).

2. We also announce that we will be sending today a confidential letter (the Final Confidential Status Letter) to inform each applicant that was permitted to make an initial commitment in the reverse auction (Auction 1001) of its status with respect to the clock phase of the reverse auction. Finally, we provide details and specific dates regarding the availability of educational materials and the bidding in the clock phase of the reverse auction.

I. INITIAL CLEARING TARGET AND BAND PLAN

3. The Auction System’s initial clearing target determination procedure has set an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 megahertz. Under the band plan associated with this spectrum clearing target, 100 megahertz, or 10 paired blocks, of licensed spectrum will be offered in the forward auction on a near-nationwide basis. The following chart shows the band plan.

April 25, 2016

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:

- Implement a requirement for existing and new users to designate user-specific IDs (Usernames) to access FCC Registration Numbers (FRNs) and related records;

- Allow registrants to establish multiple Usernames for each FRN with different levels of access;

- Require users to provide a valid e-mail address for online access to the system; and

- Establish password-recovery security questions specific to each user.

April 25, 2016

FCC determines that the Spectrum Act’s reimbursement mandate encompasses “costs reasonably incurred” prior to the close of the auction that otherwise are eligible for reimbursement.

In this Declaratory Ruling, we determine that the Spectrum Act’s reimbursement mandate encompasses “costs reasonably incurred” prior to the close of the auction that otherwise are eligible for reimbursement. We take this action in order to remove uncertainty regarding the eligibility of expenses incurred before and during the auction for reimbursement. Of course, only stations that ultimately are reassigned to a new channel in their pre-auction band in the repacking process will be eligible for reimbursement of such expenses, which will be subject to the same reimbursement process as post-auction expenses. By allowing broadcasters to get a jump start on the relocation process, this Ruling will promote a rapid, non-disruptive transition following the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction.

April 11, 2016

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 to permit AM stations to commence operation using Modulation Dependent Carrier Level (MDCL) control technology without prior Commission authority, provided that within 10 days after commencement of MDCL operation, the AM station licensee submits a completed FCC Form 338, AM Station MDCL Notification. FCC Form 338 identifies the AM station and specifies the technical details of the station’s MDCL operation. The rules adopted in the AM Revitalization Order become effective February 18, 2016, with the exception of Section 73.1560, which contained a new information collection necessitating Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

April 11, 2016

OET Announces Updates to FMModel Software

Today, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announces updates to its FMModel software to increase its utility for determining potential exposure from FM broadcast station radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields. The FMModel software was developed by the FCC in 1997 as a standalone executable program to calculate RF power density at ground level from a single FM broadcast station antenna, given the height, power, and type of antenna on a tower. The new release announced today brings FMModel into the modern age by making it available as a webpage, enabling the capability to work with a wider variety of operating systems, and streamlining the antenna types offered to more accurately represent the measured data published in 1985 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

December 23, 2015

FCC Announces Filing Dates for Translator Modification Application Windows for AM Stations

The Media Bureau (Bureau) opened two FM translator modification application windows for AM stations to modify and/or relocate FM translator stations. 

First window for Class C and D AM Licensees opens on January 29, 2016, and closes at 11:59 pm EDT on July 28, 2016.

Second window for AM Licensees of any class opens on July 29, 2016, and close at 5:59 pm EDT on October 31, 2016.

The Modification Windows will provide AM licensees or permittees seeking to rebroadcast on an FM translator an opportunity to acquire and relocate one authorized non-reserved band (channels 221-300) FM translator station up to 250 miles. Modification applications for translators currently authorized to operate in the reserved band (channels 201-220) will not be accepted.

December 22, 2015

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 about the grouping of Partial Economic Areas (“PEAs”) in the assignment phase of the forward auction; and make ministerial changes to two of the appendices released with the Auction 1000 Application Procedures Public Notice.

December 17, 2015

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 said. “These steps, along with other actions we have taken, will help ensure the continued availability of these services following the Incentive Auction.”

December 7, 2015

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.

November 19, 2015

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.

John is a familiar face in the broadcast engineering world, having been involved with dozens of leading technology projects, including digital audio broadcasting, RF signal propagation analysis, and signal mapping. Along the way he has supported the efforts of the National Radio Systems Committee though his studies of AM Modulation-Dependent Carrier Level compatibility with HD Radio®, as well as studies of the performance of Single-Sideband FM Stereo and it compatibility with present-day FM receivers.  John also developed and supervised a major study for the Consumer Electronics Association into loudness range preferences of listeners.

John’s background includes service as the Director of Wireless Architecture for a nationwide data network where he was responsible for fixed wireless technology, network design oversight, and network integration, and also an earlier stint at NPR - where he focused on technology projects for the network and FCC regulatory activities on behalf of public radio. He later joined the engineering consulting firms Jules Cohen and Associates and Moffet, Larson and Johnson, where he focused on the fields of PCS systems, analog and digital TV and radio facilities, FCC regulations, microwave and satellite systems, and mobile cellular networks. He returned to NPR in 2004 to help establish NPR Labs.  

John is a Senior Member of the IEEE, was the Chair of the National Radio Systems Committee’s AM Study Task Group, was Past President of the IEEE Broadcast Symposium and the Washington DC Section of the Audio Engineering Society. He was also a contributing author to three prior editions of the NAB Engineering Handbook, was a Co-author of the Recommendation for Loudness of Audio Streaming and Network File Playback, the Audio Engineering Society's first technical document providing metrics for Internet audio, and has been a recipient of the Association of Public Radio Engineers Engineering Achievement Award. John also holds a U.S. Patent for a technical algorithm for determining the signal coverage capability of In-Band On-Channel (“HD Radio”) broadcasting.

Cavell Mertz is delighted to have John on the team.

November 18, 2015

Instructions for FCC Form 177 - Application to Participate in the Reverse Auction (Auction 1001)

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau provides the filing instructions for the electronic FCC Form 177, the application for licensees full power and Class A television stations to participate in the reverse auction (Auction 1001).

Attachment 1 to this Public Notice provides the filing instructions. Attachments 2 and 3 provide the templates for the certification by prospective channel sharer(s) that a reverse auction applicant-sharee must provide when submitting a channel sharing agreement in an application.

Public Notice and all Attachments are in the PDF file below.

October 30, 2015

Media Bureau Finalizes Reimbursement Form and Adopts Catalog of Expenses

This Public Notice, announces the final version of the Reimbursement Form, FCC Form 2100, Schedule 399, will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. Also adopted is a catalog of expenses, which is embedded in the Form.

As the Commission has explained, the catalog of expenses is not intended to be a definitive list of all reimbursable expenses. "Rather, it is a means of facilitating the reimbursement process of claiming reimbursement by setting forth categories of expenses that are most likely to be commonly incurred by relocated broadcasters and MVPDs. The Form itself provides broadcasters and MVPDs with the ability to seek reimbursement for expenses other than those listed in the catalog."

This Public Notice also provides additional information clarifying how the Form will be used during the reimbursement period.

October 27, 2015

More flexibility in Channel Sharing Agreements

In this Order, the FCC provides more flexibility to broadcasters interested in the channel sharing option by clarifying that back-up channel sharing agreements (“CSAs”) are permitted under our rules and providing more time for successful bidders to transition to shared facilities after the auction. They also provide guidance regarding how the CSA exception to the prohibited communications rule applies with respect to back-up CSAs. By providing greater flexibility and certainty in connection with CSAs, the objective is to encourage voluntary participation by broadcasters in the incentive auction.

October 27, 2015

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 in the post-auction environment that were proposed in October 2014. The FCC affirmed the decision regarding the methodology to be used during the incentive auction to predict inter-service interference between broadcasting and wireless services and also affirmed our decision declining to adopt a cap on the aggregate amount of new interference a broadcast television station may receive from other television stations in the repacking process.

October 27, 2015

Cavell Mertz has added an FM translator search function to FCCInfo.com. 

To search for translators within 250 miles, go to www.fccinfo.com and search for your AM by station call sign.  After clicking the Call Sign Search button, you will have the option to run the search by clicking the "AM Translator Search Tool" hyperlink at the bottom of the page.

October 23, 2015

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.

Please see the attached First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making, and Notice of Inquiry for all the details.

The FCC also released a Public Notice that includes a simplified list of the rule and policy changes.

October 23, 2015

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. Specifically, they establish that a 600 MHz Band wireless licensee commences operations when it conducts site commissioning tests. We also create a limited exception to this rule to permit 600 MHz Band wireless licensees to conduct first field application testing in advance of site commissioning tests under certain circumstances.

This applies to Low Power Television and TV translator (“LPTV”) stations, fixed broadcast auxiliary service operations (“BAS”), and unlicensed white space devices.

October 16, 2015

FCC Releases Opening Bids for Reverse Auction

The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau released the opening bid prices for the reverse auction (Auction 1001). The spreadsheet shows the opening prices that will be offered to each full power and Class A station eligible to participate in the auction, for each of the possible bid options available to that station, calculated using the formula adopted by the Commission in the Auction 1000 Bidding Procedures Public Notice and the final baseline and constraint files released in conjunction with the Auction 1000 Application Procedures Public Notice. A station is identified in the spreadsheet as “Not Needed” if the auction system has determined that the station will always have a feasible channel assignment in its pre-auction band at all of the possible auction clearing targets.

The Original FCC release was only in PDF form.  The XLS link below is the same data in spreadsheet form converted from the original PDF by Cavell Mertz & Associates and provided here without warranty.

October 15, 2015

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 and forward auction bid processing. An additional attachment provides information relating to the determination of opening prices for each bid option available to each eligible broadcast television licensee in the reverse auction, including the process for identifying “not-needed” stations. Finally, this Public Notice includes as an attachment information on the PEA-by-PEA spectrum reserve eligibility of nationwide providers.

June 16, 2015

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 propose to require applicants for low power television (“LPTV”), TV translator, and Broadcast Auxiliary Service (“BAS”) facilities to demonstrate that their proposed new, displacement, or modified facilities would not eliminate the last available vacant UHF television channel for use by white space devices and wireless microphones in an area.

June 12, 2015

DC Circuit Court of Appeals denies NAB's request for review of Spectrum Auction

"We have considered petitioners’ other arguments and concluded that none has merit. Accordingly, we deny the petitions for review."

June 9, 2015

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.

Additionally, the PN also announces the filing deadline for the Pre-Auction Technical Certification From (FCC Form 2100, Schedule 381), which must be submitted no later than July 9, 2015.

February 13, 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 longer be able to use the CDBS e-filing system to file these applications. A link to the LMS system can be found at https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/login.html.

These new Form 2100 Schedules replace FCC Form 301, 302, 346, and 347 for TV Translators, LPTV and Class A TV stations.

February 10, 2015

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’s fifth 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 14 at 6 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Hutter Cavell, who has held engineering management posts at ABC News, NBC News, Fox Entertainment, Fox Television Stations, Gannett and the former Hearst Argyle Television, has been creating, implementing and directing business strategies across multiple platforms for 30 years.

In 2004, she headed the engineering and project management aspects of the multi-billion dollar Sprint Nextel program to replace and upgrade all 2 GHz ENG and fixed microwave equipment throughout the United States and its territories. Hutter Cavell joined Cavell Mertz & Associates in 2010, focusing on station and engineering management consulting, microwave systems and central master control system design.

The recipient of three Emmy Awards for Technical Innovation and the 2007 Female Broadcast Engineer of the Year Award from the Alliance for Women in Media and the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Hutter Cavell is known for her expertise in television station workflow, facility planning, multi-stream and multicasting design and TV due diligence.

“When it comes to broadcast TV engineering, few executives have the experience, accolades and reputation that Cindy Hutter Cavell has gained,” Haley says. “She is a role model, not just for women, but also for the many engineers working in a rapidly changing broadcast TV industry. We could not be happier, in a year in which TVNewsCheck received a record number of nominations for its Women in Technology Awards Program, to be presenting our top honor to Cindy Hutter Cavell.”

TVNewsCheck

February 5, 2015

Gary Cavell selected as the Editor-in-Chief of the 11th NAB Engineering Handbook.

The NAB and Focal Press have asked Gary Cavell to become Editor-in-Chief of the next edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook.

 The NAB Engineering Handbook is a complete compilation of engineering knowledge in all topics involving broadcasting – the last (10th) edition, published in 2007, was over 2000 pages long and covered topics from tower matters, to radio and television and more. This publication has been published across many decades and has served as a comprehensive reference work for engineers in the broadcasting industry. In this latest edition, Gary will be working with a team of knowledgeable, well known associate editors that include David Layer and Skip Pizzi of the NAB, and Tom Osenkowsky.

The last edition had something on the order of 100 contributors, so this will not minor undertaking, but it is a worthwhile project and a chance to “give back” something to the industry. Gary’s goal is to make this edition more readable, approachable, and perhaps a bit more “evergreen”.

The publication date is under discussion, but given the magnitude of this effort, will probably be a couple of years off. We’ll keep you posted as things firm up – these books are worth having as a reference in any broadcast facility.

January 28, 2015

Television and Class A Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline - May 29, 2015

The FCC Media Bureau designates May 29, 2015, as the Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline by which full power and Class A facilities must be licensed in order to be eligible for protection in the repacking process that will be part of the television incentive auction.

January 26, 2015

Declaratory Ruling on Part 101 Microwave Coordination

This declaratory ruling addresses issues raised in a September 2014 FCC order resolving a frequency coordination dispute between Auburn Data Systems, LLC and Geodesic Networks, LLC.

The Commission's Part 101 rules provide access to non-auctioned spectrum "on a first come, first served, interference-free basis." Part 101 includes the Private Operational Fixed Service (POFS) and the Common Carrier Operational Fixed Service. The Commission’s licensing regime for these two services requires frequency coordination and filing of an application for each microwave link or path containing detailed information concerning the proposed operation. In order to complete frequency coordination, an applicant must give prior notice of the proposed applicant’s operations to nearby licensees and prior applicants whose facilities could affect or be affected by the new proposal, make reasonable efforts to avoid interference and resolve conflicts, and certify to the Commission that the proposed operation has been coordinated. Once the applicant has completed frequency coordination, the applicant must file an application for authorization with the Commission.

December 23, 2014

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 of this Public Notice, the Commission initiates a 30-day period for filing petitions to deny against the applicants tentatively selected and a 90-day period for the filing of voluntary time-share proposals (point aggregation requests) and major change amendments.

Attachment B includes a list of all stations requesting second adjacent waivers.

December 19, 2014

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.

Update January 16, 2015:
       Comment Date: February 17, 2015
       Reply Comment Date: March 2, 2015

December 19, 2014

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 file documents to a central, FCC-hosted online database rather than maintaining the files locally at their main studios. This NPRM proposes to expand this requirement to other FCC licensees including radio stations.

October 10, 2014

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.

October 10, 2014

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.

October 10, 2014

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.

All licensees and registrants can access, through License Manager in ULS or ASR Dashboard in the ASR System, the official electronic versions of their current authorizations in Active status, whether granted prior to or after release of this Public Notice. Only Commission licensees and registrants are afforded access to their official electronic authorizations through License Manager or ASR Dashboard. The general public will continue to be able to access unofficial “reference” copies of authorizations through ULS or the ASR system.

Comments are due 11/10/2014.

September 29, 2014

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 applications for construction permits (formerly Form 301) and applications for a license to cover a construction permit (formerly Form 302-DT).

 As of October 2, 2014, existing full power TV station permittees and licensees will be required to use the LMS system to file applications for construction permits and licenses and any amendments to pending construction permit and license applications using Form 2100 Schedule A or Schedule B. These stations will no longer be able to use the CDBS e-filing system to file these applications. A link to the LMS system can be found at here.

September 19, 2014

The FCC has denied the "Tell City Waiver" request

FCC has denied a request by Way Media to move an FM translator farther than the present FCC Rules and Policies for a Minor Modification Application permit.

September 8, 2014

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 highest point total from each MX group, are identified, in bold, in Attachment A. Upon the release of this Public Notice, the Commission initiates a 30-day period for filing petitions to deny against the applicants tentatively selected and a 90-day period for the filing of voluntary time-share proposals (point-aggregation requests) and major change amendments.

August 14, 2014

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 due September 18, 2014 with Reply comments due October 3, 2014.

August 8, 2014

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.

The Order makes common sense changes to Commission rules such as allowing tower owners to provide tenants with antenna structure registration (ASR) information via mail, email or other electronic methods. Additionally, the Order streamlines rules regarding the maintenance of tower lighting and marking by exempting tower structures that employ robust, continuous monitoring systems from the requirement for quarterly physical inspections of lighting systems. Both of these changes will significantly reduce costs for the tower industry.

July 8, 2014

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 release of this Public Notice, the Commission initiates a 30-day period for filing petitions to deny against the applicants tentatively selected and a 90-day period for the filing of voluntary time-share proposals (point-aggregation requests) and major change amendments.
    
In this Public Notice the Commission uses the point system to compare 248 applications from 79 MX Groups comprising the western states of the United States.  Two additional Public Notices, identifying the tentative selectees from the remaining groups of mutually exclusive applications, will be released during the next several months.

June 3, 2014

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 416 PEAs with their corresponding Economic Area, a list of counties showing the corresponding PEA, and a map of the PEAs.

June 2, 2014

Report & Order for FCC Incentive Auction

The FCC Releases the 484 page Report and Order detailing the procedures for implementing the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction.

May 15, 2014

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.

There are four parts to the rules implementing the Incentive Auction:
   1) The reorganized 600 MHz Band, including repacking and unlicensed operations;
   2) The Incentive Auction process and design;
   3) The post-auction transition for all incumbents in the 600 MHz band; and
   4) Post-transition regulatory issues, including channel sharing.

April 1, 2014

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, and other people who want to learn.

Cindy Hutter Cavell has been selected as one of the “Power Women of NAB Show” and is also a member of the Host Committee for The Women’s Room power breakfast April 7 at the LVH sponsored by the Alliance for Women in Media. 

Gary and Cindy will also be presenters at several NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) sessions:  
     Engineering Intern Program session entitled
         “Broadcast Technology 101 – a world of possibilities
     Broadcast Leadership Training session is called
         “Partnering IT and Engineering in the Broadcast Environment

Finally Cavell, Mertz & Associates continues its long-standing tradition of donating radios to NAB's Amateur Radio Operators Reception Wednesday, April 9 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Click here to watch a teaser video of the reception!

March 25, 2014

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).

As required by Section 8(b)(1), this Order increases application fees to reflect the net change in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (“CPI-U”) of 8 percent.

FCC Fees of interest to broadcasters:

Commercial Radio and Television Application & Renewal Fees - Page 26

LPTV - Page 30

Class A TV - Page 31

Broadcast Auxiliary (FCC Form 601, STL, Microwave, etc.) - Page 17

March 21, 2014

Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Widelity Report and Catalog Of Potential 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 reimbursement under the statute.  Comments in response to the NPRM suggested that the Commission establish cost estimates for categories of reimbursable expenses.  The Commission engaged Widelity Inc. to aid the Commission in understanding the process and costs associated with the post incentive auction transition.

The Report concludes that, despite the significant challenges that the industry will face,“[w]ith cooperation as well as patience, creative problem solving, and guidance from the FCC and industry groups such as the National Association of Broadcasters, Association of Public Television Stations, and state broadcast associations, the transition can be achieved with the desired outcomes.”

The FCC seeks additional input from interested parties on the report and particularly on the Catalog of Potential Expenses and Estimated Costs.

Comments Due: April 21, 2014   Reply Comments Due: May 6, 2014

March 12, 2014

Processing Guidance for Future Proposed Broadcast TV Transactions

The Media Bureau released today a Public Notice to give guidance to the industry about how the Bureau will process pending and future proposed broadcast television transactions.

February 24, 2014

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.

February 21, 2014

New FCC Rules allowing “Moment method” computer modeling of nearby AM towers now in effect

On August 14, 2013, the Commission adopted the Third Report and Order in MM Docket No.93-177, which adopted rules to provide a single protection scheme for tower construction and modification near AM tower arrays and designate “moment method” computer modeling as the principal means of determining whether a nearby tower affects an AM radiation pattern.

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, in coordination with the Media Bureau, has developed AM Tower Tool, a tool that allows parties proposing construction or modification of towers to input their proposed location, and the tool will determine if there are operating AM stations within the coordination distances specified in Section 1.30002 of the Commission's Rules that may potentially be affected by the proposed construction or modification.

Cavell Mertz also provides an easy way to locate existing and proposed AM stations using Google Earth. Information on this tool can be found here: FCCInfo on Google Earth

November 1, 2013

FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for AM Revitalization

The FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to introduce a number of possible improvements to the AM radio service and the rules pertaining to AM broadcasting.   They seek to further revitalize the AM band by identifying ways to enhance AM broadcast quality and proposing changes to our technical rules that would enable AM stations to improve their service.   The goal is to help AM broadcasters better serve the public, thereby advancing the Commission’s fundamental goals of localism, competition, and diversity in broadcast media.
   

October 17, 2013

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 the advice of your communications counsel on how to best handle any necessary FCC filings or transactions as the requirements and filing benchmarks may change dynamically over the near term.


October 16, 2013

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, hire and keep engineering staff.

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) created the Broadcast Leadership Training Program (BLT) to enable talented senior level broadcast executives who aspire to advance as group executives or station owners – particularly women and people of color – to be exposed to the fundamentals of purchasing, owning, and the successful operation of radio and television stations. BLT is a 10-month Executive MBA-style program. Participants meet one weekend a month at NAB Headquarters.  More information on the program can be found at this link:  https://www.nabef.org/initiatives/broadcastLeadership.asp

October 16, 2013

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 site data directly from the FCC’s CDBS (nightly for CDBS and weekly for ULS). We also have a Google Map plugin so you can see site locations, microwave paths and more. When the FCC is up and functioning, there are also means available for drilling down to the underlying CDBS files so you can more easily review applications, licenses, and other information. (Note that the data presently available on FCCInfo during the government shutdown is from the latest publicly available FCC CDBS and ULS databases. Since no new actions are possible under the shutdown, the information is current in its frozen form. When the government reopens, the FCCInfo database files will be promptly updated when the FCC releases its public database files.)

April 5, 2013

Full power and Class A Television Filing Freeze effective immediately

Media Bureau Announces Limitations on the Filing and Processing of Full Power and Class A Television Station Modification Applications, Effective Immediately, and Reminds Stations of Spectrum Act Preservation Mandate.

April 1, 2013

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. 

In the Order, the FCC resolves several issues regarding compliance with regulations for conducting environmental reviews under NEPA as they relate to the guidelines for human exposure to RF electromagnetic fields.

In the Further Notice, the FCC seeks comment on new proposals developed in the course of this proceeding regarding compliance with our guidelines for human exposure to RF electromagnetic fields.

They initiate a new proceeding with a Notice of Inquiry to determine whether there is a need for reassessment of the Commission RF exposure limits and policies. The Inquiry focuses on three elements: the propriety of our existing standards and policies, possible options for precautionary exposure reduction, and possible improvements to our equipment authorization process and policies as they relate to RF exposure.


March 15, 2013

Filing window for FM Translator Auction 83 "preclusion showings."

The FCC just announced an April 1 - April 19 filing deadline applies to all proposals within spectrum limited markets or within 39 kilometers of spectrum limited market grids. See the attached for more information.

October 31, 2012

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.

(703) 392-9090                Main Number

(703) 392-9559               Facsimile

(202) 332-0110               Washington, DC Line

(646) 513-2997               New York City Line

 

Our toll free emergency number is (885) FCC Info  (885.322.4636)

 

October 30, 2012

FCC Activates the Disaster data collection has been activated for Hurricane Sandy for participating stations.

The Federal Communications Commission has activated the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) for the Hurricane Sandy storm event.

(See http://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/services/cip/dirs/dirs.html  for more information on this program.)

 

The FCC Information was released to participating stations as follows:

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE COMMUNICATION ASSETS IN THE AFFECTED COUNTIES LISTED BELOW, PLEASE DISREGARD THIS REQUEST.

The area of interest for this activation includes the following counties:

Connecticut: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland, Windham

District of Columbia

Delaware: Kent, New Castle, Sussex

Maryland: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, Worcester

Massachusetts: Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Plymouth

New Jersey: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

New York: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Westchester

Pennsylvania: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Frannklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Tioga, Union, York

Rhode Island: Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, Washington

Virginia: Accomack, Alexandria City, Arlington, Caroline, Charles City, Chesapeake City, Clarke, Essex, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church City, Fauquier, Gloucester, Hampton City, Isle of Wight, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Loudoun, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Newport News City, Norfolk City, Northampton, Northumberland, Portsmouth City, Poquoson City, Prince William, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Suffolk City, Surry, Virginia Beach City, Westmoreland, Williamsburg City, York

West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan

If you have communications equipment in these counties, the FCC requests that you provide daily reports on the status of your equipment by using DIRS.  There is no need to report on stations, facilities, switches or PSAPs that are fully operational.

The FCC will monitor the storm’s progress closely and may extend DIRS activation to additional counties as needed in the coming days.

Time Schedule: We request that you provide the first set of initial reports by 10:00 am (Eastern Time) tomorrow October 30th.   Subsequent reports should be made by 10:00 am (Eastern Time) every day while DIRS is activated. If you have any information early on, we would appreciate if you would provide that information.

 

Accessing DIRS: The URL for DIRS is https://www.fcc.gov/nors/disaster/

Login:  Please use your User ID (it is usually the characters before the @ sign on your e-mail address – it is case-sensitive).  If you do not remember your password, please use the forgotten password link on the login page. 

 

After you log on, please fill in the reports for the types of equipment that you have in your network in the area of interest that have been affected by the storm. 

 

There is a User Manual available at the DIRS website.

Coverage Maps:  NCS has requested that Wireless companies provide coverage maps for the area of interest.  If you are providing Wireless service in the area of interest, we further request that you provide coverage maps with your DIRS submission.  Please provide these maps in Adobe PDF format and email them to John.healy@fcc.gov, Julia.Tu@fcc.gov, and Michael.Caiafa@fcc.gov.


October 28, 2012

FCC and other federal offices in Washington, DC will be closed on Monday, October 29, 2012.

According to the OPM, the FCC in Washington, DC and other DC based federal offices will be closed to the Public on Monday, October 29, 2012 due to storm activity in this region.

October 28, 2012

Cavell Mertz Offices will be open Monday, October 29, 2012 and Tuesday October 30, 2012, weather conditions permitting.

Cavell Mertz Offices will be open Monday, October 29, 2012 and Tuesday October 30, 2012, weather conditions permitting.

If conditions dictate we should shut down office operations, we will remain available through e-mail, voice mail, cell phone, and our (+1 855 FCC Info) client emergency contact line.

October 28, 2012

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, emergency response managers and first responders, and others needing assistance to initiate, resume, or maintain communications operations during the weekend, to contact the FCC Operations Center for assistance at 202-418-1122 or by e-mail at FCCOPCenter@fcc.gov.

October 5, 2012

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

September 28, 2012

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 multi-pronged strategy to meet skyrocketing demand for mobile Internet in the United States, and became the foundation for legislation that was signed into law in February 2012. As mobile device adoption continues to grow around the world, this incentive auction will be a model for many countries facing similar spectrum challenges.

September 27, 2012

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.

August 27, 2012

A Television Broadcast Station Road Map to the Upcoming Spectrum Auctions

Check out this new article at our new blog at www.cavellmertz.com/news/

December 30, 2011

All analog and digital LPTV operations on Channels 52 to 69 must cease operation on Saturday, December 31, 2011

In accordance with the Second Report and Order in MB Docket No. 03-185, all "out-of-core" LPTV stations, both analog and digital, operating on Channels 52 to 69 must cease operation on December 31, 2011.

December 30, 2011

FCC adopts new procedure for awarding commercial FM allotments using Tribal Priority; expands opportunities for Native Nations to acquire FM stations broadcasting to tribal lands.

In the Third Report and Order, the FCC continues to enhance the ability of federally recognized Native American Tribes and Alaska Native Villages not only to receive radio service tailored to their specific needs and cultures, but to increase ownership of such radio stations by Tribes and Tribal-owned entities.

Please see attached PDFs for more information.

November 30, 2011

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 of a summary of the Public Notice in the Federal Register.

On November 28, 2011, a summary of the Public Notice was published in the Federal Register. Accordingly, comments must be filed on or before December 19, 2011, and reply comments must be filed on or before January 3, 2012. Comments should follow the filing instructions in the Public Notice. The Public Notice is available below.

September 13, 2011

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 AM transmitters.

September 11, 2011

Auction of FM Broadcast Construction Permits Scheduled For March 27, 2012 and Comment Sought On Competitive Bidding Procedures For Auction 93

By this Public Notice, the Wireless Telecommunications and Media Bureaus (the Bureaus) announce an auction of certain FM broadcast construction permits and seek comment on the procedures to be used for this auction. This auction is scheduled to commence on March 27, 2012, and is designated as Auction 93.

August 27, 2011

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. 

March 14, 2011

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 after May 2, 2011, and must be filed no later than June 1, 2011.

See the attached for more information.

February 3, 2011

Cavell Mertz mentioned in Broadcast Engineering's RF Update  Check it out here!

January 27, 2011

Cavell Mertz in Radio Magazine! Find the article here!

January 27, 2011

Cavell Mertz in Broadcast Engineering Magazine!  Check out the article

January 26, 2011

Cavell Mertz showcased in Radio World Magazine article! Find it here.

January 26, 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.

Group Owners

The Cavell Mertz Facility Activity Report provides a consolidated report for group engineering directors as well as market by market reports for the local station engineers.

Competitively Priced!  Call 855-FCC-INFO or write for details and pricing.


December 30, 2010

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 during power blackouts when traditional means of communications may be inoperable.

December 1, 2010

Promoting More Efficient Use of Spectrum Through Dynamic Spectrum Use Technologies

The FCC seeks comment on the variety of ways in which dynamic spectrum access radios and techniques can promote more intensive and efficient use of the radio spectrum, and the potential that these technological innovations have for enabling more effective management of spectrum.

December 1, 2010

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 preliminary steps to enable the repurposing of a portion of the UHF and VHF frequency bands that are currently used by the broadcast television service, which in later actions we expect to make available for flexible use by fixed and mobile wireless communications services, including mobile broadband. At the same time, we recognize that over-the-air TV serves important public interests, and our approach will help preserve this service as a healthy, viable medium.

October 28, 2010

Freeze on the filing of applications for new digital LPTV and TV translator stations.

Effective immediately, the Media Bureau announces a freeze on the filing of applications for new digital low power television (LPTV) and TV translator stations and major changes to existing analog and digital LPTV and TV translator facilities in so-called “rural areas.”

October 19, 2010

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 on Friday, December 17, 2010, and reply comments are due on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.

September 24, 2010

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 first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years.

September 20, 2010

Digital Low Power TV Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and MO&O

Amendment of Parts 73 and 74 of the Commission’s Rules to Establish Rules for Digital Low Power Television, Television Translator, and Television Booster Stations and to Amend Rules for Digital Class A Television Stations

July 30, 2010

Establishment of a model for predicting digital broadcast television field strength received at individual locations.

Commission Seeks Comment on Proposed Rules to Implement the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 by Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

June 28, 2010

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 megahertz of spectrum that can be reallocated from existing uses to enable the expansion of new mobile broadband service.

Please see the attached Public Notice for more information.

Cavell, Mertz & Associates has prepared a map, viewable in Google Earth, that depicts these 75 mile top-100 market regions. Click the Google Earth icon, below, to view this map. (You must have Google Earth installed.)

June 15, 2010

Spectrum Analysis:
OPTIONS FOR BROADCAST SPECTRUM June 2010

Released June 15 by the FCC OET on the Omnibus Broadband Initiative

Mobile broadband networks, devices and applications are a critical component of the overall broadband landscape and increasingly central to the productivity of American workers, the global leadership position of American innovation and the daily lives of tens of millions of American consumers. Spectrum is the nourishment for mobile broadband, and the FCC—as part of Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan (“the Plan”)—is seeking new sources of spectrum to feed the rapidly accelerating demand for mobile broadband services.

March 25, 2010

The FCC Media Bureau announced that all applicants for NEW low power television stations must amend their pending applications to specify digital operations by May 24, 2010.

See attached for details and a list of pending applications.

January 29, 2010

The FCC Media Bureau Adopts Order to Modify FM Digital Audio Broadcasting Technical Rules to Expand Digital Coverage.

The Federal Communication Commission’s Media Bureau adopted an Order that permits FM radio stations to voluntarily increase digital power levels up to ten percent of analog power levels and establishes interference mitigation and remediation procedures to promptly resolve complaints of interference to analog stations.

These rule changes will substantially boost digital signal coverage while safeguarding analog reception against interference from higher power digital transmissions.

December 22, 2009

The FCC Media Bureau Announced that the nationwide, first-come, first-served digital LPTV and digital translator filing will be postponed to July 26, 2010.

The filing window, previously scheduled to begin January 25, 2009, was postponed to permit sufficient time to process previously-filed applications filed for rural areas and to allow interested parties sufficient time to prepare applications.

November 23, 2009

FCC Media Bureau Extends Filing Deadline of Commercial Broadcast Ownership Report - Form 323.

According to the attached FCC Public Notice, proposed revisions to the electronic version of Form 323 are in final testing and have not been released for use.  The new filing deadline has now been extended to January 11, 2010.

For more information, see the attached Public Notice and the Media Bureau's Form 323 web page.

November 18, 2009

FCC Adopts Requirements for State and Local governments to consider tower collocations in 90 days and all other wireless tower siting in 150 days.

If a State or Local government fails to act within these time frames, a claim can be filed in court.  See the attached PDF for details.

October 29, 2009

The FCC Media Bureau Clarifies Procedures for AM Directional Antenna Performance Verification Using Moment Method Modeling

The FCC Media Bureau has received numerous questions concerning new procedures outlined in MM Docket 93-117, which amended the FCC Rules to permit moment method modeling computer modeling techniques for directional antenna system proofs of performance.  The attached Public Notice addresses the most common questions and clarifies the procedure. 

October 16, 2009

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 26, 2009.

See the attached FCC Public Notices for more information. Note: The dates shown above reflect changes announced in a subsequent Public Notice, dated October 23, 2009, attached below as "Subsequent Public Notice" which supersedes dates shown in the initial public notices.

October 13, 2009

The FCC will soon accept applications for noncommercial educational station modifications that do not show protection for the NTSC stations that have ceased operation on channel 6.  

Please see the attached Public Notice for more information.

August 31, 2009

The FCC Media Bureau Announced procedures to assist television and radio broadcast stations in areas impacted by the California wildfires.

The Media Bureau announced procedures to help television and radio stations maintain or resume broadcast operations in the event their facilities are threatened or compromised by the California wildfires. For additional information,broadcast stations should contact the Media Bureau staff specified in the attached PDF.

June 29, 2009

The FCC Has Announced two New Digital, LPTV and TV Translator Filing Windows.

The first window opens August 25, 2009 for digital LPTV and TV translators in rural areas.  A second LPTV and TV translator window for nationwide areas opens January 25, 2010.

See the attached PDF for the FCC's Public Notice. "Rural Areas" are the locations 75 miles beyond the top 100 markets, as defined in the Public Notice. Cavell, Mertz & Associates has prepared a map, viewable in Google Earth, that depicts these 75 mile top-100 market regions. Click the Google Earth icon, below, to view this map. (You must have Google Earth installed.)

Please note that the FCC may issue some corrections to the top-100 market region definitions. For example, the city of Sacramento (market #20) is clearly not centered in the specified circle.

June 29, 2009

The FCC has adopted rules allowing AM stations to retransmit programming on certain FM translator stations.

Please see the attached PDFs for more detail.

June 13, 2009

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. 

 See the attached PDF for more information.

June 3, 2009

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.

June 2, 2009

FCC Clarifies Procedures for Commencing Post-Transition, Digital Operations.

FCC permits TV stations the flexibility to transition from analog to digital broadcasting at any time of day on June 12, 2009, if they inform their viewers and the update their FCC filing.

See the attached Order for details.

May 19, 2009

Digital Television "Soft Test" scheduled for Thursday, May 21.

Many local broadcasters will participate in a "soft test" to alert analog viewers who are unprepared for the impending transition that they will lose service once the transition occurs unless they take action.

See the attached News article for more information.

May 19, 2009

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.

May 13, 2009

The FCC Media Bureau has announced the eligible, analog "Nightlight" television stations.  See attached PDFs for more information.

May 8, 2009

The FCC has adopted Rules to implement new replacement, digital television translator stations.

This Report and Order will create a new, “replacement” digital television translator service to permit full-service television stations to continue to provide service to viewers within their coverage areas who have lost service as a result of those stations’ digital transition. See the attached Report and Order for more information.

April 17, 2009

The FCC's Media Bureau announced a freeze for FM minor change applications during the Auction 79 filing window, from June 16 through June 25,2009. Please see the attached Public Notice for more information.

April 1, 2009

The FCC Media Bureau clarifies that applications from NCE FM stations must still protect or have a non-conditional consent letter from TV channel 6 facilities scheduled to be eliminated as part of the transition to digital television broadcasting.

March 18, 2009

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 terminate analog service prior to June 12,2009.

See the attached Appendix A and Appendix B for lists of these stations.

March 13, 2009

In this Order, the FCC takes the next actions necessary to implement the DTV Delay Act, which was enacted into law on February 11, 2009.

Congress extended the DTV transition deadline from February 17, 2009, to June 12, 2009 to provide consumers additional time to prepare for the transition from analog to digital broadcasting. The Act directed the FCC to implement the provisions, and carry out the purposes of the Act within 30 days.

These issues are addressed in the attached Order.

February 27, 2009

The FCC announced that they're ready to accept applications by DTV stations for distributed transmission systems ("DTS")

DTV stations that wish to use DTS must file FCC Forms 301 and 340 electronically using the CDBS e-filing system.  See the attached Public Notice for more information.

February 27, 2009

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 the companion Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

See attached Public Notice for more information.

February 16, 2009

The FCC, broadcasters, and others are working overtime to prepare consumers for the 220 full-power television stations transitioning to digital television on February 17, 2009.

February 13, 2009

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 which all of the major network-affiliated stations in the market would be terminating their analog service on February 17, 2009, or in individual communities within the larger DMAs where there would be a similar loss of network service.

Please see attached files for more information.

February 12, 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 Delay Act.

In the February 5th Public Notice, the Commission reserved the right to limit or reconsider the partial waiver if it was determined that analog termination on February 17 by a station or group of stations is contrary to the public interest. As explained in the February 5th Public Notice, the primary concern of the Commission is to ensure that viewers relying on over-the-air television do not lose access to local news, public affairs and emergency information before they are ready for the full power television transition to all-digital television service. It was this concern that prompted the Congress to delay the digital transition until June 12, 2009, and it is this concern that prompts the FCC's action here.

Please see the attached files for more information.

February 10, 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 television (“DTV”) transition established by the Digital Television and Public Safety Act of 2005 (“DTV Act”)

On February 4, 2009, the United States Congress passed legislation, known as the “DTV Delay Act,” that would extend the date for the completion of the DTV transition from February 17, 2009, to June 12, 2009. Congress extended the transition date in order to permit analog service to continue until consumers have had additional time to prepare. Congress also directed the Commission to provide flexibility for stations wanting to transition prior to the new date. Following the passage of the DTV Delay Act, the Commission issued a Public Notice, FCC 09-06, released February 5, 2009, to announce procedures that stations must follow if they wish to terminate their analog service on February 17, 2009, notwithstanding extension of the nationwide DTV transition deadline to June 12.

See the attached files for more information.

January 15, 2009

The FCC has adopted the "Analog Nightlight" Program, Which Would Provide Emergency and Digital Transition Information Following the DTV Transition.

The Analog Nightlight encourages and permits continued analog TV service for 30 days after the February 17,2009 DTV transition date to provide public safety information and DTV transition information for any viewers who do not have the necessary equipment to receive digital broadcasts by the transition deadline.

See the attached PDFs for more information...

December 24, 2008

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.

December 23, 2008

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 facilities.

See the attached PDFs for additional information.

November 24, 2008

The FCC Media Bureau Extended Deadlines for Comments Regarding a Requested Power Increase for FM Digital Operation and Associated Technical Studies.

The comment date for several recent filings in pending digital audio broadcasting proceeding MM Docket No. 99-325 has been extended to December 5, 2008 with reply comments due January 12, 2009.

November 7, 2008

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 viewers that have historically been unable to receive a good signal due to terrain or other interference.

November 4, 2008

The FCC adopted rules for unlicensed use of so-called "TV white spaces."

Rules were established to allow wireless devices to operate in broadcast TV spectrum on a secondary basis at locations where that spectrum is believed to be open.

October 23, 2008

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).

October 14, 2008

The Media Bureau identified groups of mutually exclusive applications submitted in the October 2007 filing window for prospective noncommercial, educational FM stations

October 10, 2008

The FCC reminded TV stations to update their Form 387 - DTV Transition Status Report - by October 20, 2008

September 26, 2008

The FCC recently acted on computerized modeling of AM directional antennas for Proof-of-Performance

The Commission has permitting the use of computer modeling to verify AM directional antenna performance for series-fed radiators only. The FCC also seeks comment on new rules regarding tower construction in the vicinity of AM stations.

September 10, 2008

According to the FCC Media Bureau, the vast majority of Wilmington, NC residents were aware of the early digital television transition in their viewing area.

See the attached News Release for details.

July 17, 2008

DTV Construction Deadline Extended for stations with "Unique Technical Challenges"

The FCC has identified 20 stations that have applied for and been granted an extension of their DTV construction deadline until Feb. 17, 2009 due to "unique technical challenges." See Public Notice below for the list of stations.

July 14, 2008

Commission Lifts The Freeze On The Filing of Certain Class A Television Applications Effective August 4, 2008

Beginning August 4, 2008, the FCC will accept Class A television displacement and expansion applications on a “firstcome, first-serve” basis.

July 8, 2008

The FCC reminded television stations to update their FCC Form 387 -- DTV Transition Status Report -- by July 18, 2008.

May 30, 2008

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.

Accordingly, we will lift the freeze on the filing of maximization applications immediately, and we encourage stations to file promptly. We believe that the public interest is also served by lifting the freeze on the filing of petitions for rulemaking to allow requests for channel substitutions to the DTV Table at the same time. We will not, at this time, accept petitions for allotment of DTV channels for new stations, or for changes in community of license.

April 16, 2008

The FCC Wireless Bureau announced an upgrade to their on-line filing system and database that will permit licensees of television pickup ("TP") stations to include information about their fixed, central-receive sites to aid in their coordination

March 27, 2008

The Commission adopted rules to mandate DBS digital carry-one, carry-all and phase-in high definition carry-one, carry-all and seeks further comment on the scope of satellite carriers carriage obligations.

March 7, 2008

Media Bureau announces Comment and Reply Comment dates for Low Power FM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On March 6, 2008, the Second Further Notice was published in the Federal Register. Accordingly,
comments must be filed on or before April 7, 2008, and reply comments must be filed on or before April
21, 2008.

March 7, 2008

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 excess of the ten-application cap. Most of the remaining applications are mutually exclusive with at least one other proposal.

March 7, 2008

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 is consistent with efficient spectrum use. The final DTV Table also establishes the channels and facilities necessary to complete the digital transition and ultimately will replace the existing DTV Table at the end of the DTV transition. The existing DTV Table continues to govern stations’ DTV operations until the end of the DTV transition. This Memorandum Opinion and Order and Report and Order resolves all petitions for reconsideration and related issues in connection with the final DTV Table of Allotments.

March 4, 2008

The FCC adopted a consumer education order requiring PSAs and screen crawls regarding the digital transition.

February 22, 2008

The FCC Media Bureau outlines simplified application procedures for non-directional AM stations wishing to utilize the Valcom antenna.

January 31, 2008

The Third DTV Periodic Report and Order was published in Federal Register today

January 22, 2008

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.

December 31, 2007

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”).

December 20, 2007

FCC Adopts Rules to Promote Diversification of Broadcast Ownership

Adopted Report and Order which will expand opportunities for participation in the broadcasting industry by new entrants and small businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses, to own broadcast outlets.

December 20, 2007

FCC Adopts Localism Proposals to Ensure Programming is Responsive to Needs of Local Communities

The FCC took measures to help ensure that broadcast stations offer programming responsive to the needs and interests of the communities that they are licensed to serve.

December 20, 2007

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.

December 3, 2007

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.

December 3, 2007

FCC Adopts Rules to Ensure all Cable Customers Receive Local TV Stations After the Digital Television Transition

The FCC today adopted rules to ensure all cable subscribers, including those with analog TV sets, can view broadcast television after the transition to digital television occurs on February 17, 2009. Approximately 35 percent of all television homes, or approximately 40 million households, are analog-only cable subscribers.

November 7, 2007

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.

November 7, 2007

FCC Opens a Window to Expedite Grant Of New NCE FM 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 settlement agreements, which may include requests to dismiss applications filed in the window, and/or engineering amendments that resolve all technical conflicts between at least one application and all other applications filed in the window. See Public Notice below.

October 26, 2007

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 “Advanced” powers and time periods shown on their current PSRAs and PSSAs for their presunrise and postsunset operations. This adjustment is necessitated by the enactment of the US Energy Policy Act of 2005 which extended the effective period for DST into November for the first time.

September 13, 2007

Comment and Reply Comment Dates set for the DTV 8th Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On September 10, 2007, the Eighth Further NPRM was published in the Federal Register. Accordingly, comments must be filed on or before October 10, 2007 and reply comments must be filed on or before October 25, 2007.

See Public Notice below.

September 11, 2007

The FCC adopts rules to ensure all cable-TV customers receive local stations after the digital television transition.

The Commission adopted rules to ensure all cable subscribers, including those with analog TV sets, can view broadcast television after the transition to digital television occurs on February 17, 2009.

September 10, 2007

FCC waives the deadline for BAS transition of the 2GHz BAS for 60 days.

The FCC waives the deadline by which Sprint Nextel is required to complete the transition of the broadcast auxiliary service (BAS) to frequencies above 2025 MHz for 60 days. This will provide time to consider a Joint Petition for Waiver of Sprint Nextel Corporation, MSTV, NAB, and SBE that was filed on September 4, 2007. This action is being taken without prejudice relative to the merits of the Joint Petition.

View the complete FCC Order below.

August 30, 2007

Supplemental Auction 84 filing window for a 1700 kHz Expanded Band AM station to serve Rockland County, New York.

The filing window will open on October 1, 2007, and close on October 5, 2007. In connection with this window, the MB also announces that it will dismiss AM expanded band minor change construction permit applications filed between October 1, 2007, and October 5, 2007.

Please see the attached files for more information.

August 16, 2007

Amendment of Service and Eligibility Rules for FM Broadcast Translator Stations

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking permitting the use of FM translators by AM stations.

August 9, 2007

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 – 220) proposals. In conjunction with this window, the Commission will not accept reserved band minor change applications or non-reserved band adjacent channel (channels 221 – 223) applications after 11:59 p.m., September 7, 2007. The freeze will continue in effect until the close of the window.

August 7, 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 of the Coalition.” The request submits that the extension would not disadvantage any party, and would serve the public interest. The deadline for reply comments to September 7, 2007.

August 6, 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.

August 6, 2007

3rd DTV Periodic Review Comment Deadline Extended one week

Media Bureau Extends Deadline for Comments in Third DTV Periodic NPRM to Wednesday, August 15, 2007. Reply comments are due Thursday, August 30, 2007.

July 31, 2007

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.

July 12, 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).

See attached files...

July 10, 2007

Media Bureau Announces Comment And Reply Comment Dates 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 filing comments and reply comments at 30 and 45 days after publication of the Third DTV Periodic Review NPRM in the Federal Register.

On July 9, 2007, the Third DTV Periodic Review NPRM was published in the Federal Register. Accordingly, comments must be filed on or before August 8, 2007 and reply comments must be filed on or before August 23, 2007. Commenters should follow the filing instructions provided in paragraphs 132 to 137 of the Third DTV Periodic Review NPRM. The Third DTV Periodic Review NPRM is also available on the Commission's website.

Please see attached file for more information.

July 10, 2007

Long Form Application 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 settlements and/or engineering amendments to resolve their MX Groups. During the settlement period, the Bureaus received engineering amendments to proposals in the MX Groups.

By this Public Notice, the Video Division of the Media Bureau provides Attachment A as a list of proposals that are no longer mutually exclusive as a result of engineering amendments filed during the settlement period. Since the proposals listed in Attachment A are no longer mutually exclusive with any other proposal (and are therefore deemed “singletons”), they will not be subject to the Commission’s auction procedures. By this Public Notice, the Video Division announces processing procedures for these singleton proposals.

May 31, 2007

DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING SYSTEMS AND THEIR IMPACT 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 several rules that will allow terrestrial radio broadcasters to provide increased local
services to their communities.

May 31, 2007

Digital Audio Broadcasting Systems And Their Impact 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 using the IBOC system developed by iBiquity Digital Corporation (“iBiquity”). They concluded that the adoption of a specific technology would facilitate the development of digital services for terrestrial broadcasters. The FCC deferred consideration of final operational requirements and related broadcast licensing and service rule changes to a future date. In a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (“FNPRM”) The FCC addressed issues left unresolved in the DAB R&O and sought comment on what changes and amendments to Part 73 of the Commission’s rules were necessary to facilitate the adoption of DAB.

See the attached files for more information.

May 25, 2007

AMENDMENT OF SECTIONS 73.62 AND 73.1350 OF THE COMMISSION' S RULES


Resolved conflict between the requirements of the Commission's rules
regarding what corrective actions an AM broadcast station licensee must
take when encountering difficulties in the operation of a station's AM
directional antenna. (Dkt No. 03-151).

See files below for more information:

May 23, 2007

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 the Commission. The Coalition requests rule changes to permit applicants to use moment method computer modeling to demonstrate that AM directional antennas perform as authorized. The proposed rules also would permit use of moment method modeling to assess the effects of tower construction in proximity to AM antennas.

See attached files for more additional information...


May 18, 2007

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 FCC conducts these periodic reviews in order to assess the progress of the transition and make any necessary adjustments to the Commission’s rules and policies to facilitate the introduction of DTV service and the recovery of spectrum at the end of the transition. Here, the FCC considers how to ensure that broadcasters complete construction of their final, post-transition (digital) facilities by the statutory deadline.

See the attached files for more information.

May 3, 2007

FCC DENIES WAIVER REQUESTS BY CLARITY MEDIA SYSTEMS, LLC TO OPERATE "TRUCKER TV" STATIONS AT FLYING J TRAVEL PLAZAS

FCC denies Clarity Media’s waiver request of a waiver of the Cable Television Relay Service (CARS) rules, FCC Part 78, in order to create a new video programming service in the 2025-2110 MHz band.

See attached files for more details...

April 25, 2007

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 services.  In its rulemaking initiated today, the FCC proposes procedures and rule changes necessary to complete the transition.

See attached files for more information.

April 25, 2007

FCC REQUIRES RETAILERS TO FULLY INFORM CONSUMERS ABOUT ANALOG TV EQUIPMENT LIMITATIONS AS TRANSITION TO DIGITAL APPROACHES.

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) today adopted an order requiring retailers to fully inform consumers when TV equipment being sold has only an analog tuner.

Today’s action reflects the Commission’s commitment to minimize the burden on consumers and maximize the opportunities offered to them by the digital transition.

The Commission’s DTV tuner rule prohibits the manufacture, import, or interstate shipment of any device containing an analog tuner, unless it also contains a digital tuner. Despite this prohibition on manufacture and shipment, retailers may continue to sell analog-only devices from existing inventory. However, at the point of sale, many consumers are not aware that this equipment will not be able to receive over-the-air-television signals after February 17, 2009.

See attached files for more information.

April 25, 2007

FCC SEEKS COMMENT TO ENSURE ALL CABLE CUSTOMERS RECEIVE PROGRAMMING AFTER THE DIGITAL TELEVISION TRANSITION.

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) today asked for comment on proposals to ensure all cable subscribers, including those with analog TV sets, can view must-carry television stations on cable systems after the transition to digital television occurs on February 17, 2009.

The Commission is committed to minimizing the burden to consumers related to the transition. About 50% of all cable subscribers, or approximately 32 million households, are analog cable subscribers, and many digital cable subscribers have one or more television sets that only receive analog cable service. The goal of this proceeding is to prevent service disruption for those consumers.

See attached files for more information.

April 10, 2007

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.1 In addition, under new procedures adopted in the Report and Order, non-reserved band FM stations may request non-adjacent channel changes by minor modification applications. The rule changes also require the simultaneous filing of Form 301s with petitions to add new vacant allotments to the FM Table of Allotments. Applicants employing these new community of license and channel change processes generally must submit their applications with the minor modification application filing fee. However, an applicant submitting a Form 301 simultaneously with a Petition to add a new FM Allotment to the Table must submit the new FM station application filing fee.

See attached files for more information...

April 4, 2007

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 FM new station and major modification proposals.

March 22, 2007

FCC ADOPTS RULES FOR DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING. News Release. (Dkt No 99-325). Adopted: 03/22/2007. News Media Contact: Clyde Ensslin at (202) 418-0506 MB. Contact Ann Gallagher at (202) 418-2716 or Brendan Murray at (202) 418-2120

March 22, 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. These applications comprise 76 mutually exclusive groups. By this Memorandum Opinion and Order (“Order”), the Commission determines that two of these applications should be processed as “singletons” (i.e., not mutually exclusive with any other application) and tentatively selects 74 applications from the remaining 74 groups for grant by application of the NCE point system. Our selection is “tentative” because petitions to deny may be filed against the applicant tentatively selected pursuant to these point system determinations. The Commission directs the staff to issue a public notice establishing a filing deadline for any such petitions, and to take all steps necessary to process the applications and any petitions that may be received in accordance with the procedures provided herein. Finally, we direct the staff to open a filing window for NCE FM new and major change applications in October 2007.

See attached files for more detail. 

March 21, 2007

LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR DIGITAL COMPANION CHANNEL APPLICATIONS NON-MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE PROPOSALS (AUCTION NO. 85)

Media Bureau Announces May 21, 2007 Long Form Application Deadline for Singleton Proposals. MB. Contact: Shaun Maher or Hossein Hashemzadeh at (202) 418-1600

On April 20, 2006, the Media Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureaus) announced a filing window for certain low power television (LPTV) and television translator stations to submit proposals for digital companion channels. Subsequently, the Bureaus released a Public Notice announcing those proposals that were mutually exclusive (MX) and providing a 60-day window by which interested parties could submit settlements and/or engineering amendments to resolve their MX Groups. During that window, the Bureaus received engineering amendments to proposals in the MX Groups.

By this Public Notice, the Video Division of the Media Bureau provides Attachment A as a list of all proposals that are no longer mutually exclusive as a result of engineering amendments filed during the 60-day settlement window. Since the proposals listed in Attachment A are no longer mutually exclusive with any other proposal (and are therefore deemed “singletons”), they will not be subject to the Commission’s auction procedures. By this Public Notice, the Video Division announces processing procedures for these singleton proposals.

See attached files for more detail.

March 7, 2007

SUSPENSION OF USE OF RECENTLY RECALCULATED PRESUNRISE AND POSTSUNSET SERVICE AUTHORIZATIONS AND DIRECTIONS FOR CONTINUED PRESUNRISE AND POSTSUNSET OPERATION DURING MARCH 2007 BY AM STATIONS 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, it was revising its AM station Presunrise Service Authorizations (“PSRAs”) and Postsunset Service Authorizations (“PSSAs”).1 As a result of an unanticipated computer problem that produced erroneous power levels on certain of these recalculated authorizations, the Bureau hereby SUSPENDS use of its recalculated PSRAs and PSSAs until the Bureau corrects the computer errors and calculates the correct power levels.

See attached for more information.

March 1, 2007

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 Authorization (“PSRA”) and/or a Postsunset Service Authorization (“PSSA”). This Public Notice provides guidance for affected licensees.

Please see the attached files for more information...

Note: See also the March 7, 2007 FCC Public Notice reversing this notification.

November 29, 2006

REVISION OF PROCEDURES GOVERNING AMENDMENTS TO FM TABLE OF ALLOTMENTS AND CHANGES OF COMMUNITY OF LICENSE IN THE RADIO BROADCAST SERVICES.

The FCC adopted Order to Streamline FM Table of Allotments and AM Community of License Procedures. (Dkt No. 05-210).

See Attached Files for Details...

November 7, 2006

AUCTION NO. 70 FREEZES ANNOUNCED FOR FM MINOR CHANGE 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 petitions to amend the FM Table of Allotments and counterproposals that propose a change in channel, class, or reference coordinates for any of the 121 vacant non-reserved band FM allotments scheduled for Auction No. 70.

See the attached files for details...

November 3, 2006

FCC ADOPTS ORDER TO STREAMLINE FM TABLE OF ALLOTMENTS AND AM COMMUNITY OF LICENSE PROCEDURES.

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order that sets rules to revise and improve the FM Table of Allotments and AM community of license modification procedures.

See the attached News Release for more information

October 20, 2006

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 undertakes 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 broadcast television system from analog to digital television (“ DTV”). Specifically, in this Seventh Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (“ Notice” or “Seventh FNPRM”), the Commission proposes a new DTV Table of Allotments (“ DTV Table”), providing all eligible stations with channels for DTV operations after the DTV transition.

See the attached files for more information...

October 6, 2006

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 counterproposals in proceedings to amend the FM Table of Allotments where such counterproposals propose a change in channel, class, and/ or reference coordinates for any of the nine vacant non- reserved band FM allotments scheduled for Auction No. 68.

See the attached files for more detail...

August 29, 2006

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”).

Licensees were eligible to participate in the third and final round of the channel election process (1) if they had not received a TCD, (2) if they received a TCD in an earlier round on a low-VHF channel (i.e., channels 2-6), or (3) if they received a TCD in an earlier round on a channel for which the Commission has been unable to resolve international coordination issues with the Canadian or Mexican government. The deadline for eligible licensees to make third round elections (via FCC Form 386) was May 26, 2006. Twenty-two eligible licensees elected channels in the third round.

See attached files for details...

August 24, 2006

AUCTION OF FM BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMITS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 10, 2007, COMMENT SOUGHT ON COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCEDURES FOR AUCTION NO. 68. (DA No. 06-997). (Dkt No 06-101).

By this Public Notice, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“WTB”) and the Media Bureau (“MB”) (collectively referred to as the “Bureaus”) announce the auction of certain FM broadcast construction permits (Auction No. 68). This auction is scheduled to commence on January 10, 2007.

CONSTRUCTION PERMITS TO BE OFFERED IN AUCTION NO. 68

As discussed in greater detail herein, the Bureaus propose that Auction No. 68 be composed of nine construction permits in the FM broadcast service as listed in Attachment A. The construction permits to be auctioned are nine unsold FM construction permits from Auctions No. 37 and No. 62, which closed on November 23, 2004, and January 31, 2006, respectively.

See attached for details...

July 18, 2006

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 of the remaining balance of the applicant’s winning bid. Therefore, in accordance with the procedures adopted in the Broadcast First Report and Order, a lump sum final payment from the Auction No. 62 winning bidders listed in Attachment A must be received by the Commission within ten business days of the date of this Public Notice, i.e., by August 1, 2006.

See attached for more details...

June 22, 2006

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 Report and Order,a lump sum final payment from the Auction No. 81 winning bidders listed in Attachment A must be received by the Commission within ten business days of the date of this Public Notice (i.e., by July 7, 2006).

See the attached documents for more details...

June 14, 2006

DTV CHANNEL ELECTION ISSUES-COMPLIANCE WITH THE JULY 1, 2006 REPLICATION/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 with the upcoming use-or-lose deadlines and the requirements for filing a request for waiver to extend the deadlines, if needed. We also specifically address the requirements for stations currently operating under DTV Special Temporary Authority (“STA”).

See attached for more details...

June 7, 2006

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 of the remaining balance of the applicant’s winning bid.  Therefore, in accordance with the procedures adopted in the Broadcast First Report and Order, a lump sum final payment from the Auction No. 37 winning bidders listed in Attachment A must be received by the Commission within ten business days of the date of this Public Notice, i.e., by June 21, 2006.

See attached filed for more details.

May 30, 2006

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 rules. In addition, applications listed in Attachment A that are pending with associated petitions for waiver are accepted conditioned on resolution of such requests.

See attached files for greater detail...

May 30, 2006

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 and Order, a lump sum final payment from the Auction No. 81 winning bidders listed in Attachment A must be received by the Commission within ten business days of the date of this Public Notice (i.e., by June 13, 2006).

See attached files for greater detail.

May 25, 2006

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. The seminar will be held at the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC, beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET.

See the attached files for more information

May 23, 2006

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 (i. e., channels 2- 51). In the Round Two Public Notice, we stated that “[w] e intend to release a consolidated list of tentative channel designations [TCDs] in the near future.”

Attachment I hereto provides a comprehensive list, including call sign, facility ID number, and tentative DTV channel designation, of the 1,789 licensees that received TCDs in the First and Second Rounds.

For additional information, contact Nazifa Sawez of the Video Division, Media Bureau, at (202) 418- 7059 or nazifa. sawez@ fcc. gov. TTY: (202) 418- 7172.

May 8, 2006

MEDIA BUREAU IS PREPARED TO GRANT CERTAIN AUCTION NO. 62 BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS. (DA No. 06-977)

Final Payments Due by May 22, 2006, Auction No. 62. MB. Contact: Gail Glasser at (202) 418-0578 or Lisa Scanlan, Thomas Nessinger, or Rudy Bonacci at (202) 418-2700

May 5, 2006

TENTATIVE DIGITAL CHANNEL DESIGNATIONS FOR STATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE SECOND ROUND OF DTV CHANNEL ELECTIONS AND THIRD ROUND ELECTION FILING DEADLINE. (DA No. 06-991)

Contact: Joyce Bernstein or Nazifa Sawez at (202) 418-1647 or (202) 418-7059, email: Joyce.Bernstein@fcc.gov, Nazifa.Sawez@fcc.gov, TTY: (202) 418-7172

April 28, 2006

MEASUREMENT STANDARDS FOR DIGITAL TELEVISION SIGNALS PURSUANT TO THE SATELLITE HOME VIEWER EXTENSION AND REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2004.

The Commission proposed to amend it rules to include measurement procedures for determining the strength of a digital broadcast television (DTV) signal at any specific location. (Dkt No. 06-94). Action by: By the Commission. Adopted: 04/24/2006 by NPRM. (FCC No. 06-51). OET

April 11, 2006

AMENDMENT OF PART 2 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES TO ALLOCATE SPECTRUM BELOW 3 GHZ FOR MOBILE AND FIXED SERVICES TO SUPPORT THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW ADVANCED WIRELESS SERVICES, INCLUDING THIRD GENERATION WIRELESS SYSTEMS.

Denied the Petitions for Reconsideration filed by the Association for Maximum Service Television and National Association of Broadcasters and the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. by 4th MO&O.

See Attached for Details.

March 21, 2006

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 September 16, 2005, deadline for submitting the required filings to the Commission. This filing deadline was extended to October 31, 2005, because of Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, the Commission stated in that Public Notice that the staff would dismiss, without further processing, the mutually exclusive, window-filed FCC Form 301 tech box application of any applicant included in the June 15, 2005, Public Notice for which the required filing was not submitted by the filing deadline.

Category II mutually exclusive auction applications are applications for which a Section 307(b) showing must be filed by each applicant. By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau announces the dismissal of the AM Auction No. 84 Category II mutually exclusive window-filed FCC Form 301 tech box applications listed in Attachment 84-MXD1 [Ed: See Attached Excel Spreadsheet, DA-06-586A2.xls or DA-06-586A2.pdf] to this Public Notice. Each of the listed applicants either failed to file or untimely filed the required Section 307(b) showing.

For additional information, contact Susan Crawford or Ann Gallagher (engineering), Lisa Scanlan or Thomas Nessinger (legal) of the Audio Division at (202) 418-2700.

March 3, 2006

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 addition, this Public Notice contains bidding instructions and other important information regarding Auction No. 64.

See attached files for more information.

February 13, 2006

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). On July 12, 2005, SBE filed a letter withdrawing the Request. The Letter recites SBE’s understanding of certain matters informally discussed with staff of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, seeks confirmation of these points, and states that SBE’s withdrawal is made “[i]n view of, and because of the foregoing.” We disagree with, and thus cannot confirm, all of the statements in the Letter. Instead, this correspondence clarifies the matters raised in the Letter. We believe these clarifications address the matters that SBE raised in the Request and the Letter and are consistent with our prior informal discussions with SBE. Accordingly, we deem the Request withdrawn.

See the attached files for more information...

January 27, 2006

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FILING WINDOW FOR LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR DIGITAL COMPANION CHANNEL APPLICATIONS STARTING MAY 1, 2006. FREEZE ON FILING OF LOW POWER TELEVISION, TV TRANSLATOR AND CLASS A ANALOG 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 rules and policies would “provide flexible and affordable opportunities for digital LPTV and TV translator service, both through the conversion of existing analog service and, where spectrum is available, new digital stations. The new rules provide that existing permittees and licensees in these services be given the flexibility to choose one (and only one) of two methods to convert their existing analog stations to digital. Existing permittees and licensees in these services may either implement an on-channel digital conversion of their analog channel or they may seek a (second) digital companion channel that may be operated simultaneously with their analog channel. Permittees and licensees in these services are not guaranteed a digital companion channel and must identify a channel that can be operated consistent with the Commission’s interference protection rules. At a date to be determined in the future, the Commission will require that the permittee or licensee terminate analog operation, return one of their two channels to the Commission, and operate their station only in digital mode. Permittees and licensees in these services may choose only one of these two methods for converting their existing analog stations to digital.

See Amendment of Parts 73 and 74 of the Commission’s Rules to Establish Rules for Digital Low Power Television, Television Translator and Television Booster Stations and to Amend Rules for Digital Class A Television Stations, Report and Order, 19 FCC Rcd 19331 (2004) (Report and Order).

See attached files for more information.

January 26, 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 balance of the applicant’s winning bid. Therefore, in accordance with the procedures adopted in the Broadcast First Report and Order, a lump sum final payment from the Auction No. 37 winning bidders listed in Attachment A must be received by the Commission within ten business days of the date of this Public Notice, i.e., by February 9, 2006.

See attached for details.

January 23, 2006

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF "AUTO-TERM," THE AUTOMATED FEATURE IN ITS UNIVERSAL LICENSING SYSTEM THAT IDENTIFIES UNCONSTRUCTED 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 to meet the requirements has not been filed by the applicable deadline.

This enhancement to our electronic licensing system will increase the accuracy of our licensing records and expedite reassignment of unused spectrum to those who will provide service, thereby improving the quality of wireless service to the public. The Bureau announced last month that it is deploying Auto-Term on February 1, 2006. This Public Notice provides information regarding implementation of the automated feature.

See the attached files for more information.

November 23, 2005

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 for posttransition DTV operation in connection with the NCA. Each NCA has one or more application file numbers, as indicated on the attached list. The list also includes the stations identified in the proposed NCA as participants in the arrangement.

November 23, 2005

AUCTION OF FULL POWER TELEVISION STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMITS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 15, 2006

NOTICE AND FILING REQUIREMENTS, MINIMUM OPENING BIDS, UPFRONT PAYMENTS AND OTHER PROCEDURES FOR AUCTION NO. 64.

November 9, 2005

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. 1 The applications have been reviewed for completeness and compliance with the Commission’s rules, and have been classified into the categories listed in the attached files.

November 4, 2005

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 is to afford over-the-air service in areas previously blocked by terrain. 

See the attached News Release and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for more details. 

November 3, 2005

COMMISSION AMENDS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) RULES TO INCLUDE DIGITAL MEDIA 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 providers of digital broadcast and cable TV, digital audio broadcasting, satellite radio, and direct broadcast satellite services. With the exception of Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) service, all affected entities must comply with these new requirements by December 31, 2006. DBS services must comply no later than May 31, 2007.

The Commission also adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on how the Commission can best help develop a next- generation alert and warning system that takes full advantage of digital media’s potential. The Commission seeks comment on the type of system architecture and common protocols that would be required in such a system. The Commission also asks questions regarding specific technologies, particularly, how the Commission could facilitate the effective integration of wireless technologies into a next generation alert and warning system, and whether traditional telephone companies that plan to provide high definition digital content to customers’ homes through fiber optic connections should have public alert and warning responsibilities. In addition, the Further Notice seeks comment on issues relating to the participation of state and local authorities in the EAS system.

See the attached files for more information...

November 3, 2005

FCC MODIFIES DIGITAL TUNER REQUIREMENTS TO ADVANCE DTV TRANSITION

The FCC amended its rules to move the date on which all TV receivers must include the capability to receive digital television signals forward four months to March 1, 2007 and to apply the tuner requirement to all television receivers, regardless of their size. This action is intended to further the Commission’s efforts to ensure that consumers are able to receive off- the- air digital broadcast television services as soon as possible.

The digital television reception requirement, which is also often termed the DTV tuner requirement, is being implemented on a schedule that applies it first to large screen receivers and then to progressively smaller screen sets and other devices that receive TV signals, such as VCRs and digital video recorders. This phase- in plan is intended to allow manufacturers to realize increasing economies of scale with production volume, so that digital tuner costs will be lower when the tuners are required in smaller sets. On July 1, 2004, the tuner requirement was applied to 50% of large sets (screen sizes 36” and larger), and last July (July 1, 2005), the tuner requirement was applied to all large sets and to 50% of mid- size sets (25”- 36”). Beginning March 1, 2006, DTV tuners will be required in all mid- size sets as well. With the change adopted in this Second Report and Order, the final step in the phase- in plan will now require that all new TV sets in all size ranges and other TV receivers include a DTV tuner beginning March 1, 2007. (Previously, the deadline for small sets (13”- 24”) and for other TV receivers was July 1, 2007).

The Commission also extended the DTV tuner requirement to new TV receivers screen sizes less than 13” on the same schedule as other TV receivers. (Previously, the tuner requirement did not apply to very small sets (smaller than 13”). In this regard, the Commission noted the particular value of these portable, typically battery- powered products for enabling the reception of news and public safety information in times of emergency.

October 25, 2005

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 a formula for the vertical plane radiation characteristic for nondirectional AM facilities which utilize these antennas.

See attached files for more details.

October 20, 2005

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 upon the First Round Channel Elections, and required licensees participating in the second round of elections to file FCC Form 384, Digital Channel Election Form Second Round Election, no later than October 24, 2005.

On October 19, 2005, the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) requested a three week extension of the October 24 th filing deadline on behalf of its members, asserting that the engineering involved in choosing channels for the approximately 80 licensees participating in the second round of elections has become more complex, now that 1,713 licensees have received tentative channel designations. AFCCE also states that channel studies could not be performed until the Commission released the October 4th public notice, and that 20 days is an insufficient amount of time "to make use of all the techniques for the best and final DTV operation, particularly in markets with multiple and possibly competing demands and interests."

We will grant an extension of the October 24 th deadline, but not for the length of time requested.

[See the attached files for more details...]

October 17, 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 payment of the remaining balance of the applicant’s winning bid. Therefore, in accordance with the procedures adopted in the Broadcast First Report and Order, a lump sum final payment from the Auction No. 37 winning bidders listed in Attachment A must be received by the Commission within ten business days of the date of this Public Notice, i. e., by October 31, 2005.

October 4, 2005

FCC COMMENCES ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ON-CHANNEL DIGITAL CONVERSION OF LPTV AND TV TRANSLATOR STATIONS AND ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF REVISED 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 rules and forms outlined in the Report and Order have received the approval of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and are now in effect. The February 2005 versions of FCC Forms 346 and 301- CA supersede the previous versions.

Applications for Digital On- Channel Conversion Effective immediately, LPTV and TV translator station licensees and permittees may file a minor facilities change application for an on- channel digital conversion of their currently authorized analog facilities (a “flash-cut” application). Such applications may be filed at any time. LPTV and TV translator stations seeking an on- channel digital conversion must electronically- file FCC Form 346. Class A TV stations were previously granted the authority to submit on- channel digital conversion applications and may continue to do so by electronically- filing FCC Form 301- CA. 2

See the attached documents (below) for more detail.

October 4, 2005

TENTATIVE DIGITAL CHANNEL DESIGNATIONS FOR STATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST ROUND OF DTV CHANNEL ELECTIONS AND SECOND ROUND ELECTION FILING 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 DTV channel inside the core (i. e., channels 2- 51). In the first round, licensees with in- core channels (either one or two in- core channels) filed First Round Election Forms by February 10, 2005, selecting which of their assigned channels they wished to use for digital operations. In this Public Notice we announce 1,713 tentative channel designations based upon these First Round Channel Elections. This list includes the 1,554 channel designations previously announced, which included stations that are participating in approved Negotiated Channel Arrangements. The attached list adds stations that have successfully resolved interference conflicts. The call sign and tentative DTV channel designation for each licensee are set forth in Attachment I (see attached files, below). Tentative channel designations in the relevant border zones are subject to appropriate international coordination. Licensees without a tentative channel designation at this time will receive tentative designations later in the channel election process.

See attached files (below) for more information.

September 24, 2005

MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES PROCEDURES TO PROMOTE THE RESUMPTION OF RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCAST SERVICE TO AREAS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE RITA.

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

September 23, 2005

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 provided in Attachments A and B in the attached documents (below).

September 22, 2005

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. See attached files for details.

September 19, 2005

FCC TAKES STEPS TO ASSIST IN HURRICANE KATRINA DISASTER RELIEF

Announces intention to provide over $200 million in immediate relief and to create new FCC bureau to better address public safety and homeland security.

September 9, 2005

FCC TO BE OPEN SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2005 AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2005 IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF AND RESTORATION EFFORTS

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that its offices providing emergency telecommunications service authorizations will be open on Saturday, September 10, 2005, and Sunday, September 11, 2005, to facilitate relief and reconstruction efforts by telecommunications providers affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

September 8, 2005

FCC ASSIGNS EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF AND RESTORATION EFFORTS.

Telecommunications providers needing FCC emergency assistance or STAs can call the FCC’s Communications and Crisis Management Center, which is open 24 hours a day, at (202) 418-1122.

September 7, 2005

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 16, 2005, for certain parties with proposals in the MX groups to enter into settlement agreements or otherwise resolve their mutual exclusivities by means of engineering solutions, and a deadline of September 16, 2005, for the submission of amendments addressing the analysis of certain applications under Section 307( b) of the Communications Act.

The Bureaus have received requests that these deadlines be extended, due to the disruptions to business, communications, and to certain potential transmitter sites resulting from Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005. Because of these disruptions, it will be difficult or impossible for parties affected by the hurricane to complete settlements and/ or prepare Section 307( b) submissions by the September 16, 2005, deadline. The FCC has found that these circumstances justify an extension of the Auction No. 84 settlement window period and the Section 307( b) submission deadline. They therefore have extended the period for Auction No. 84 applicants to file settlements or technical solutions, or to tender Section 307( b) submissions, as applicable, to October 31, 2005.

September 3, 2005

FCC'S MEDIA BUREAU TO ALLOW NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL STATIONS TO AIR ESSENTIAL 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.

This special relief is designed to bring immediate life saving and other important program information to the residents of New Orleans in the most expeditious manner possible. It is also intended to help facilitate the cooperative efforts of broadcasters to disseminate information with the limited broadcast facilities that are currently operational. This authority expires on November 1, 2005.

September 2, 2005

FCC TO BE OPEN LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF AND RESTORATION EFFORTS.

The FCC today announced that FCC offices providing emergency telecommunications service authorizations will be open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the upcoming Labor Day weekend to facilitate relief and reconstruction efforts by telecommunications providers affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

August 31, 2005

FCC Media Bureau announces procedures to promote the resumption of radio and television broadcast service to areas impacted by hurricane 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.

Stations needing additional information on Special Temporary Authority,Emergency Antennas, AM Nighttime Operations, Limited and Discontinued Operations,or Tolling of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Deadlines should contact the FCC staff member listed in this public notice.

July 29, 2005

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

July 25, 2005

Because Channel 226A, Charlotte Amalie, VI, FM 138, had been reserved for noncommercial educational use, this vacant FM allotment was removed from FM Auction No. 62.

June 23, 2005

DTV TENTATIVE CHANNEL DESIGNATIONS FOR 1,554 STATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST ROUND OF DTV CHANNEL ELECTIONS.

(DA No. 05-1743). MB. Contact: Joyce Bernstein or Nazifa Sawez at (202) 418-1647 or (202) 418-7059, Email Joyce.Bernstein@fcc.gov, TTY: (202) 418-7172. Action by: Acting Deputy Chief, Media Bureau

June 20, 2005

Canada and U.S. Reach Agreement that will Facilitate Deployment of Public Safety Services Near the U.S.-Canada Border on certain out-of-core UHF television channels.

The US and Canada have amended their 1962 Agreement to facilitate public safety systems on UHF TV channels 63, 64, 68 & 69. Please see the attached FCC news release for more information.

June 17, 2005

The FCC Media Bureau announced a temporary FREEZE on all minor FM change applications during the upcoming FM Auction filing window and a FREEZE on counterproposals to change allotments for the 172 vacant allotments 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 auctioned. See the attached public notice for more detail.

June 16, 2005

COMMENT SOUGHT ON NATIONAL RADIO SYSTEMS COMMITTEE'S "IN-BAND/ON-CHANNEL DIGITAL RADIO BROADCASTING STANDARD NRSC-5"

(DA No. 05-1661). (Dkt No 99-325). Comments Due: 07/18/2005.
Reply Comments Due: 08/17/2005. MB , MB. Contact: Susan Crawford, Ann Gallagher or Charles Miller at (202) 418-2700 or Ben Golant at (202) 418-2120

June 15, 2005

DTV CHANNEL ELECTION ISSUES - COMPLIANCE WITH THE JULY 1, 2005 REPLICATION/MAXIMIZATION INTERFERENCE PROTECTION DEADLINE; STATIONS SEEKING EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE.

(DA No. 05-1636). MB. Contact: Kim Matthews at (202) 418-2120, email: Kim.Matthews@fcc.gov or Joyce Bernstein at (202) 418-2120, email: Joyce.Bernstein@fcc.gov

June 10, 2005

FCC seeks comments on simplifying the process of amending the FM Table of Allotments as well as AM "city of license" change proposals -- Freeze Announced for New FM Rulemaking proposals.

Settlement Window and Freeze on New FM Allotment Rulemakings Announced. News Release. (Dkt No 05-210).
Adopted: 06/09/2005.

Adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on a number of proposals to revise and improve FM Table of Allotment and AM community of license modification procedures. (Dkt No. 05-210). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 06/09/2005 by NPRM. (FCC No. 05-120).

FCC News Media Contact: Rebecca Fisher at (202) 418-2359 MB.
Contact Peter H. Doyle or Thomas Nessinger at (202) 418-2700, TTY: (202) 418-7172

 (Note:  See Also the Erratum, correcting the NPRM, released June 22, 2005)

June 10, 2005

FCC modifies digital tuner requirements to advance DTV transition.

FCC denied a request by the Consumer Electronics Association and the Consumer Electronics Retailers Association to delay the date by which 50% of mid-size TV receivers manufactured and imported must include built-in DTV tuners. News Release. (Dkt No 05-24).
Adopted: 06/09/2005.
News Media Contact: Bruce Romano at (202) 418-2470 OET.
Contact Alan Stillwell at (202) 418-2925; email: Alan.Stillwell@fcc.gov

April 27, 2005

FM Auction (November, 2005): Map and population data available for download.  [Note:  See related July 26 posting regarding a station removed from the auction.]

FM Vacant Allotment Auction

The FCC has scheduled Auction Number 62, containing 173 commercial FM vacant allotments, for November 1, 2005. Cavell Mertz & Davis Inc. has developed population data for each allotment and an accompanying coverage contour map.

Download below:
Auction 62 Population Summary
Auction 62 Coverage Contour Map

An FCC Public Notice of April 14, 2005 describes the auction and provides a listing of vacant allotments.

March 8, 2005

COMMISSION CLARIFIES POLICY REGARDING MULTIPLE AUDIO 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’s initial recommendations, certain modifications to the IBOC system have been introduced and tested. In particular, National Public Radio (NPR) has sponsored a program that takes advantage of advances in audio coding technology to offer multiple digital program channels within the bandwidth originally used for a single digital channel. The program, known as “Tomorrow RadioSM,” has been tested extensively on several NPR affiliates.

See Attached Documents for details...

February 16, 2005

Here are the results of the DTV elections, which were due February 10, 2005.

Television stations with at least one "core" channel were eligible to participate in Round One of the FCC's DTV channel election process. Here are the results of the FCC Form 382 filings, which were due February 10, 2005.

May 21, 2004

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.

December 8, 2003

COMMENT SOUGHT ON USE OF SEPARATE ANTENNAS TO INITIATE DIGITAL FM TRANSMISSIONS.

Comments Due: 01/08/2004. Reply Comments Due: 01/23/2004. MB. Contact: Edward De La Hunt or Ann Gallagher at (202) 418-2700

August 5, 2003

MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY FREEZE ON THE FILING OF FORMS 301, 314 AND 315 FOR COMMERCIAL BROADCAST STATIONS.

(DA No. 03-2840). MB. Action by: Chief, Media Bureau

July 11, 2003

COMMENT SOUGHT ON THE MITRE CORPORATION'S TECHNICAL REPORT, "EXPERIMENTAL MEASUREMENTS OF THE THIRD-ADJACENT-CHANNEL IMPACTS OF LOW-POWER FM STATIONS.

(DA No. 03-2277). (Dkt No 99-25). Comments Due: 09/12/2003. MB. News Media Contact: Peter H. Doyle at (202) 418-2700 or Susan N. Crawford at (202) 418-7200

June 26, 2003

FCC PROPOSES CHANGES IN THE COMMISSION'S RULES AND PROCEDURES REGARDING HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC ENERGY.

News Release. (Dkt No 03-137). News Media Contact: Bruce Romano at (202) 418-2470 OET. Contact Robert Cleveland (202) 418-2422

June 10, 2003

MEDIA BUREAU TO TERMINATE TEMPORARY BROADCAST STATION APPLICATION FREEZE; REVISED PROCESSING GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED.

(DA No. 03-2867). MB. Contact: Peter H. Doyle-Nina Shafran at (202) 418-2700, Barbara Kreisman-Jim Brown at (202) 418-1600

June 2, 2003

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 20 months and encompassing a public record of more than 520,000 comments. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2003 NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS:Michelle Russo 202-418-2358, David Fiske 202-418-0513, Richard Diamond 202-418-0506

May 12, 2003

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: 1 (888) 835-5322

May 1, 2003

ENVIRONMENTAL AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACTION PLAN - STATEMENT BY FCC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL K. POWELL.

News Release. News Media Contact: Meribeth McCarrick at (202) 418-0654 or David Fiske at (202) 418-0513 OCH

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April 16, 2003

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

Established remedial measures to be followed when requests to extend digital television (DTV) construction deadlines are denied. (Dkt No. 02-113). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 04/04/2003 by R&O. MB

April 16, 2003

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

Corrects typographical errors and established effective date of revised rules. (Dkt No. 95-31). Action by: Chief, Media Bureau. Adopted: 04/15/2003 by ERRATUM. MB

April 15, 2003

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

April 10, 2003

REEXAMINATION OF THE COMPARATIVE STANDARDS FOR NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL APPLICANTS.

Adopted procedure for non-reserved spectrum. (Dkt No. 95-31). Action by: By the Commission. Adopted: 03/04/2003 by R&O. (FCC No. 03-44). MB

April 10, 2003

FCC ADOPTS PROCEDURES FOR NON-RESERVED SPECTRUM

News Release. News Media Contact: Michelle Russo at 202-418-2358 MB. Contact Eric Bash, Peter Corea at 202-418-7200

March 20, 2003

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

March 13, 2003

INTERFERENCE IMMUNITY PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS FOR RADIO RECEIVERS/ REVIEW OF THE COMMMISSION'S RULES AND POLICIES AFFECTING THE CONVERSION TO DIGITAL TELEVISION.

The Commission begins consideration of incorporating receiver interference immunity performance specifications into our spectrum policy on a broader basis. (Dkt No. 00-39, 03-65). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 03/13/2003 by NOI. (FCC No. 03-54). OET

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November 14, 2002

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

November 13, 2002

Revisions to Broadcast Auxiliary 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.

ET Docket No. 01-75 Released Date 11/13/2002 FCC / DA # FCC-02-298
Amended rules for BAS service to permit BAS stations to introduce new technologies and create a more efficient BAS that can more readily adapt as the broadcast industry converts to digital technology.

October 11, 2002

DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING SYSTEMS AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE TERRESTRIAL RADIO BROADCAST SERVICE.

Selected in-band, on-channel (IBOC) as the sole digital technology for terrestrial radio broadcasters, and permitted AM and FM broadcasters to begin interim digital operation immediately with the IBOC systems developed by iBiquity Digital Corporation. (Dkt No. 99-325). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 10/10/2002 by R&O. (FCC No. 02-286).

October 10, 2002

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

July 5, 2002

REEXAMINATION OF THE COMPARATIVE STANDARDS FOR NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL APPLICANTS.

Denied petitions for further reconsideration.. (Dkt No. 95-31). Action by: By the Commission. Adopted: 06/27/2002 by MO&OR. (FCC No. 02-192). CMMR

June 18, 2002

FREEZE ON THE FILING OF TV AND DTV "MAXIMIZATION" APPLICATIONS IN CHANNELS 52-59.

(DA No. 02-1440). MB. Contact: Kim Mathews at (202) 418-2120

June 14, 2002

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).

May 24, 2002

AUCTION OF LICENSES IN THE 747-762 AND 777-792 MHZ BANDS (AUCTION NO. 31) POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY 14, 2003; AUCTION OF LICENSES IN THE 698-746 MHZ BAND (AUCTION NO. 44) WILL PROCEED AS SCHEDULED.

(FCC No. 02-158). WTB, WTB. Contact: Lisa Stover at (717) 338-2888 or Howard Davenport at (202) 418-0660. Action by: The Commission

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May 24, 2002

FCC POSTPONES AUCTION NO. 31 (UPPER 700 MHZ BAND) UNTIL JANUARY 14, 2003; DENIES APPLICATIONS FOR REVIEW; AUCTION NO. 44 (LOWER 700 MHZ BAND) TO PROCEED ON JUNE 19, 2002.

News Release. News Media Contact: Meribeth McCarrick (202) 418-0654 WTB. Contact Erik Salovaara at (202) 418-0660

May 24, 2002

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: 05/16/2002 by ORDER. (FCC No. 02-150). CMMR

May 16, 2002

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

May 13, 2002

MEDIA BUREAU IMPLEMENTS MANDATORY ELECTRONIC FILING OF FCC FORMS 301-CA, 346, 349 AND 350.

(DA No. 02-1087). MB, MB. Contact: radio forms: (202) 418-2700 or television forms: (202) 418-1600

May 10, 2002

LICENSEES OF CERTAIN BROADCAST AUXILIARY RADIO STATIONS MUST SUBMIT LICENSE INFORMATION TO THE FCC.

(DA No. 02-1094). WTB. Contact: Melissa Hower at (717) 338-2693, email: mhower@fcc.gov

April 22, 2002

REVISION OF PART 15 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES REGARDING ULTRA WIDEBAND TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS.

Amended Part 15 of our rules to permit the marketing and operation of certain types of new products incorporating ultra-wideband technology. (Dkt No. 98-153). Action by: By the Commission. Adopted: 02/14/2002 by R&O. (FCC No. 02-48). OET

April 9, 2002

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

Granted petitioners' motion for extension of time. (Dkt No. 95-31). Action by: Deputy Chief, Media Bureau. Comments Due: 05/15/2002. Reply Comments Due: 06/17/2002. Adopted: 04/09/2002 by ORDER. (DA No. 02-804). MB

April 8, 2002

AMENDMENT OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES CONCERNING MARITIME COMMUNICATIONS PETITION FOR RULE MAKING FILED BY REGIONEST WIRELESS LICENSE. LLC.

Adopted rules that will streamline licensing process for AMTS stations. Action by: The Commission. Adopted: 03/13/2002 by MO&OR. (FCC No. 02-74). WTB

March 26, 2002

IN THE MATTER OF IMPLEMENTATION OF VIDEO DESCRIPTION OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING.

Denied Petitioners' Request for Stay. (Dkt No. 99-339). Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 03/22/2002 by ORDER. (FCC No. 02-90). MMB

March 8, 2002

FCC'S COMMON CARRIER BUREAU REORGANIZED ALONG FUNCTIONAL LINES.

News Release. News Media Contact: Michael Balmoris 202-418-0253 CCB. Contact Carol Mattey 202-418-1500

March 1, 2002

MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE DTV APPLICATIONS MASS MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT PERIOD ENDING MAY 30, 2002.

(DA No. 02-461). MMB. Contact: Clay Pendarvis, Shaun Maher, Kevin Harding, John Morgan at (202) 418-1600

February 26, 2002

AMENDMENT OF PART 11 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES REGARDING THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM.

Amended Part 11 of the Commission's rules to revise the technical and operational requirements for the Emergency Alert System. Action by: the Commission. Adopted: 02/22/2002 by R&O. (FCC No. 02-64). EB

February 25, 2002

THE CONSUMER INFORMATION BUREAU REMINDS THE PUBLIC THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF VIDEO DESCRIPTION FOR VIDEO PROGRAMMING WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2002.

(DA No. 02-417). (Dkt No 99-339). CIB. Contact: Dana Jackson at (202) 418-2247

February 25, 2002

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).

February 14, 2002

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

February 6, 2002

MASS MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES WINDOW FILING OPPORTUNITY FOR CERTAIN PENDING REQUESTS FOR NEW NTSC TELEVISION STATIONS ON CHANNELS 52-59.

Contact: Shaun Maher at (202) 418-2324 or Gordon Godfrey at (202) 418-2193

February 1, 2002

FREEZE ANNOUNCED ON THE FILING OF AM EXPANDED BAND MAJOR CHANGE APPLICATIONS.

(DA No. 02-239). MMB.
Contact: Peter Doyle or Edward De La Hunt at (202)418-2700

December 12, 2001

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 digital transmission systems. The Commission’s new flexible allocation for this band will allow service providers to select the technology they wish to use to provide new services that the market may demand.

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Meribeth McCarrick at (202) 418-0654

November 8, 2001

FCC LAUNCHES COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION OF RULES ON MULTIPLE OWNERSHIP OF LOCAL MARKET RADIO STATIONS.

Also sets Interim Policy and deadlines to resolve pending radio applications. Adopted: 11/08/2001.

October 25, 2001

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY WAIVER OF PUBLIC INSPECTION FILE REQUIREMENTS.

Granted National Association of Broadcasters' request for a 60-day waiver of rules for public inspection file.. Action by: Chief, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: 10/25/2001 by MO

September 18, 2001

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 Committee, we confirm that broadcast stations may suspend their routine weekly and monthly testing until October 2, 2001.

September 7, 2001

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.

April 9, 2001

A STUDY OF ATSC (8-VSB) DTV COVER-AGE IN WASHINGTON, DC. AND GENERATIONAL CHANGES IN DTV RECEIVER PERFORMANCE.

PROJECT TRB-00-1 . INTERIM REPORT. APRIL 9,2001, TECHNICAL RESEARCH BRANCH. LABORATORY DIVISION. OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY. FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION BY REPORT. OET

April 2, 2001

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 of 1934. News Release MMB April 3, 2001. Contact James Bradshaw at (202) 418-2730

March 28, 2001

REALLOCATION AND SERVICE RULES FOR THE 698-746 MHZ SPECTRUM BAND (TELEVISION CHANNELS 52-59).

Proposed to reallocate the 698-746 MHz spectrum band, currently comprising television ("TV") Channels 52-59.. (Dkt No. 01-74, 01-74). Action by: Commission. Comments Due: 05/14/2001. Reply Comments Due: 06/04/2001. Adopted: 03/16/2001 by R&O. (FCC No. 01-91). WTB

March 28, 2001

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

March 20, 2001

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 Kathy Berthot at (202) 418-7454,
TTY: 1 (888) 835-5322

March 7, 2001

AUCTION FOR FM BROADCAST CONSTRUCTION PERMITS POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER 5, 2001

Broadcast Auction 37 FM Rescheduled from May 9, 2001 Freeze on FM Minor Change Applications Lifted Report No. AUC-00-37-G (Auction No. 37)

January 19, 2001

FM MINOR CHANGE APPLICATION FREEZE - NOTICE REGARDING FREEZE ON THE ACCEPTANCE OF COMMERCIAL AND NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL FM MINOR CHANGE CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATIONS FROM MARCH 7, 2001 TO MARCH 19, 2001.

(DA No. 01-118). MMB

October 20, 2000

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 a Low Power TV, TV Translator or TV Booster Station License, FCC Form 347. Mandatory electronic filing will commence on November 1, 2000. Paper versions of these forms will not be accepted for filing after October 31, 2000, unless accompanied by an appropriate request for waiver of the electronic filing requirement.

October 12, 2000

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

October 10, 2000

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 democracy. In a speech at the Museum of Television and Radio today, entitled "What Does $70 Billion Buy You Anyway?" Kennard said, "When we realize that television should not only entertain us as consumers, but engage and ennoble us as citizens, we will have come a long way to establishing the 21st century's first true electronic democracy."

September 28, 2000

U.S. AND CANADA REACH AGREEMENT ON IMPLEMENTING DIGITAL TELEVISION SERVICE ALONG THE U.S./CANADA BORDER.

William E. Kennard, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and Michael Binder, Industry Canada Assistant Deputy Minister have signed a Letter of Understanding regarding the introduction of digital television (DTV) service along the United States/Canada border. IB Contact: Thomas Lucey at (202) 418-2161

September 20, 2000

IN THE MATTER OF CREATION OF LOW POWER RADIO SERVICE.

Affirmed the decisions reached in the Report and Order. Clarified certain rules to provide better guidance to the public, and made revisions to improve procedures and the quality of the LPFM service, and to protect stations operating radio reading services, while at the same time preserving the quality of full power FM service. By MO&O on Reconsideration. Dkt No.: MM-99-25. Action by the Commission.

August 24, 2000

REMINDER OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2000, DEADLINE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS FOR HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RADIOFREQUENCY EMISSIONS.

Contact: Irene Griffith at (202) 418-1315, Mass Media Bureau: Brian Butler at (202) 418-2700

July 3, 2000

CABLE SERVICE BUREAU ACTIONS - PETITION FOR DECLARATORY RULING THAT DIGITAL TELEVISION STATIONS HAVE MUST CARRY RIGHTS

Contact: Ben Golant at (202) 418-7111, TTY: (202) 418-7172. News Media Contact: Michelle Russo (202) 418-2358.

June 30, 2000

IN THE MATTER OF SERVICE RULES FOR THE 746-764 AND 776-794 MHZ BANDS, AND REVISIONS TO PART 27 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES/CARRIAGE OF THE TRANSMISSIONS OF DIGITAL TELEVISION BROADCAST STATIONS/REVIEW OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES AND POLICIES 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 Due: September 15, 2000. Dkt No.: WT-99-168, CS-98-120, MM-00-83. Action by the Commission. Adopted: June 22, 2000

June 2, 2000

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.

June 2, 2000

FCC AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADVISORY GROUP RELEASE "PLAIN ENGLISH" GUIDE ON ANTENNA EMISSION HEALTH AND SAFETY; DESIGNED TO HELP LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITIES

The FCC and the Local and State Government Advisory Committee (LSGAC) today released a "plain-English" guide on radiofrequency (RF) emissions to assist local governments and individual citizens in better understanding the origin and application of FCC safety rules to safeguard public health from RF exposure.

May 30, 2000

FCC ISSUES BROADCAST OWNERSHIP BIENNIAL REVIEW REPORT; WILL BEGIN RULEMAKINGS ON DUAL NETWORK, RADIO MARKET DEFINITION, EXPERIMENTAL STATION 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 of calculating the number of stations in a market and the number of radio stations a party owns in a particular market; and (3) the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule so that it is tailored to cover those situations where it is necessary to protect the public interest. The Commission also proposes to eliminate its restriction on multiple ownership of experimental broadcast stations. by Report. Action by: the Commission. Adopted: May 26, 2000. News Media Contact: David Fiske (202) 418-0500. MMB Contact: Roger Holberg at (202) 418-2134, Dan Bring at (202) 418-2170.

April 21, 2000

REPORT AND ORDER - In the Matter of MM Docket No. 95-31 Reexamination of the Comparative Standards for Noncommercial Educational Applicants

April 5, 2000

In the Matter of Amendment of Part 11 of the Commission's Rules Regarding the Emergency Alert System.

By the Managing Director: In this Order, we revise Part 11 of the Rules governing the Emergency Alert System ("EAS") to delete certain rule provisions which are obsolete or are no longer needed.

April 4, 2000

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.

March 17, 2000

FCC ANNOUNCES FIVE STAGE NATIONAL FILING WINDOW FOR LOW POWER FM BROADCAST APPLICATIONS

March 8, 2000

STREAMLINING THE COMMISSION'S ANTENNA STRUCTURE CLEARANCE PROCEDURE.

Addressed and resolved various filings concerning the Commission's antenna structure clearance procedure. Dkt No.: WT- 95-5. Action by the Commission. Adopted: March 1, 2000. by MO

February 25, 2000

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 cellular and PCS telephones, and October 15, 1997, for other transmitting facilities and operations (except the Amateur Radio Service for which the effective date was January 1, 1998).

February 18, 2000

DA 00-292 February 18, 2000 AUCTION OF LICENSES IN THE 747–762 AND 777–792 MHz BANDS

Auction Notice and Filing Requirements for 12 Licenses in the 700 MHz Bands Auction Scheduled for May 10, 2000.

February 10, 2000

IN THE MATTER OF CREATION OF LOW POWER RADIO SERVICE.

This Errata makes corrections to the Report and Order in MM Docket No. 99-25, FCC 00-19. Dkt No.: MM-99-25. Action by Chief, Mass Media Bureau. MMB , released February 10, 2000

February 8, 2000

STATEMENTS OF ELIGIBILITY FOR CLASS A LOW POWER TELEVISION STATION STATUS TENDERED FOR FILING.

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

January 27, 2000

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.

January 20, 2000

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.

January 20, 2000

FCC APPROVES NEW NON-COMMERCIAL LOW POWER FM RADIO SERVICE

The FCC today voted to create a class of radio stations designed to serve very localized communities or underrepresented groups within communities by authorizing two new classes of noncommercial low power FM radio services.

January 20, 2000

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON COMPUTER MODEL PREDICTING SIGNAL INTENSITY TO DETERMINE UNSERVED HOUSEHOLDS

Implementation of Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act Continues Expeditiously. ET Docket No. 00-11

January 14, 2000

In the Matter of Class A Television Service, Released January 14, 2000.

This erratum corrects a typographical error in the filing date for reply comments in paragraph 59 of the Order and Notice of Proposed Rule Making in MM Docket Nos. 00-10 and 99-292, FCC 00-16 ("Establishment of a Class A Television Service")

January 13, 2000

ORDER AND NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING

Adopted: January 13, 2000 Released: January 13, 2000 On November 29, 1999, Congress enacted the Community Broadcasters Protection Act of 1999 ("CBPA").

January 6, 2000

FCC ADOPTS RULES FOR LICENSING AND OPERATIONS IN PORTION OF 700 MHZ BAND REALLOCATED FROM TELEVISION CHANNELS 60 THROUGH 69

December 14, 1999

FCC SUSPENDS THE FILING OF COMMENTS IN RM-9260, DEALING WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A "CLASS A" TELEVISION SERVICE.

Released December 14, 1999.

December 13, 1999

MASS MEDIA BUREAU IMPLEMENTS COMMUNITY BROADCASTERS PROTECTION ACT OF 1999.

Released: December 13, 1999

November 1, 1999

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.

October 12, 1999

OFFICE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOCY AND COMPLIANCE AND INFORMATION BUREAU WARN AGAINST MANUFACTURE, IMPORTATION, MARKETING OR OPERATION OF TRANSMITTER DESIGNED TO PREVENT OR OTHERWISE INTERFERE WITH CELLULAR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

Information Number - Commission National Call Center at 1-888-CALL FCC (1-888-225-5322)

September 29, 1999

FCC COMMENCES RULEMAKING TO CONSIDER PROPOSALS TO GIVE CERTAIN LOW POWER TV STATIONS CLASS A "PRIMARY" STATUS

August 5, 1999

Regulatory Fees Due September 13-22, 1999

Section 9 (a) of the Communications Act authorizes the Commission to collect annual regulatory fees to recover the annual costs of its enforcement, policy and rulemaking, user information, and international activities. The Schedule of Fees sets forth annual regulatory fees for specific categories of regulates in the Mass Media, Common Carrier, Wireless, International and Cable Television Services. The regulatory fees do not apply to government entities, amateur radio operator licensees (other than amateur vanity call signs), and non-profit entities. FCC Revises Rules for Calculating Audience Under National Television

August 5, 1999

The FCC revised its local market television ownership rules - the "TV duopoly" rule and the radio-television cross ownership Rule.

August 5, 1999

Comm. Amends Broadcast and Cable/MDS Ownership Attribution Rules

June 11, 1999

Simplification of AM Radio Station Directional "Proof" Requirements

MMB Docket 93-177

February 3, 1999

The FCC proposes a coordination committee for digital television in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

ET Docket No. 99-34

February 3, 1999

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

November 30, 1995

FCC adopts rules requiring antenna structure owners (instead of licensees) to register tower structures.

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