February 13, 2018

Comment And Reply Dates Extended For Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking To Modify Or Eliminate The National Television Audience Reach Cap And UHF Discount. Comments Due: 03/19/2018. Reply Comments Due: 04/18/2018.

The Media Bureau extends the deadlines for comments and reply comments in the above-captioned rulemaking proceeding until March 19, 2018, and April 18, 2018, respectively.

February 9, 2018

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

The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau has provided sixty days advance notice of the opening of a displacement application filing window for low power television (LPTV), TV translator stations, and analog-to-digital replacement translators (DRT) (referred to collectively as “LPTV/translator stations”) that were displaced by the incentive auction and repacking process (Special Displacement Window).  The Special Displacement Window will open on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and close on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 11:59 pm EDT. They also announced that simultaneous with the release of this Public Notice they are releasing a channel study to assist stations in identifying potential new channels in the repacked television bands.  See Public Notice for further details.

February 5, 2018

Incentive Auction Task Force And Media Bureau Announce Site Visit Validation Of TV Station Baseline Equipment As Part Of Post Incentive Auction Reimbursement Program.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau hereby announced a program to visit the facilities of a statistically valid sample number of broadcast television stations that are eligible for reimbursement from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund to validate the existence and functionality of baseline equipment. This program supports the Commission’s responsibility as a prudent steward of taxpayer money to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse associated with the disbursement of federal funds.

February 2, 2018

John Kean presents at the 2017 IEEE Broadcast Technology Symposium

John Kean of Cavell Mertz & Associates presented a paper on Antenna Radiation Pattern Measurement with a Drone at the 2017 IEEE Broadcast Technology Symposium in Washington DC on October 12,2017.

 The presentation focused on the history of RF signal strength measurements and the recent advances in technology allowing the use of Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, to perform measurements with considerable improvements in accuracy.  The close proximity to the antennas allows more horizontal and vertical antenna pattern measurements otherwise not possible with previous aircraft or ground based techniques.

A PDF of Mr. Kean's presentation slides can be viewed at the link below. 

Cavell Mertz has made a significant investment in drone technology and has several platforms for making RF  measurements of wireless transmitters, particularly FM and television antennas. Additional information can be found at www.cavellmertz.com.

December 21, 2017

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

On November 20, 2017, the FCC released the Next Gen TV Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Next Gen TV Order and Next Gen TV Further Notice ).  In the Next Gen TV Further Notice, the Commission seeks comment on additional issues related to exceptions to and waivers of the local simulcasting requirement, seeks comment on whether they should let full power broadcasters use channels in the television broadcast band that are vacant to facilitate the transition to ATSC 3.0, and tentatively concluded that local simulcasting should not change the significantly viewed status of a Next Gen TV station. The Federal Register published a summary of the Next Gen TV Further Notice on December 20, 2017. Accordingly, comments must be submitted no later than February 20, 2018, and reply comments must be submitted no later than March 20, 2018.  Commenters must follow the filing instructions provided in the Next Gen TV Further Notice, which is available on the FCC’s website.

December 21, 2017

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

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

April 20, 2017

FCC Regional Coordinators to support broadcasters in the repacking effort.

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau announce the assignment of Regional Coordinators to support broadcast television stations moving to new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction transition period. The Bureau is committed to ensuring a smooth and efficient post-auction transition. To enhance its ability to closely monitor the progress of the repack and to facilitate coordination among stations, each station that will transition to a new channel has been grouped into one of 10 geographically-based regions.

Each Regional Coordinator is listed in the Public Notice along with the list of stations in their region. 

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