• National Filing Opportunity for LPTV and TV Translator Stations Opens July 26, 2010
  • July 2, 2010
  • Law Firm: Lerman Senter PLLC - Washington Office
  • On July 26, 2010, the FCC will begin accepting applications, on a nationwide basis, for new digital LPTV and TV translator stations, for major changes to existing analog and digital LPTV and TV translators, and for digital companion channels.  Since August 2009, the FCC has only accepted such applications from applicants in rural areas where the proposed antenna coordinates are more than 75 miles from the reference coordinates of the cities in the top 100 Nielsen DMAs.  The nationwide filing opportunity opening in July replaces the original January 2010 filing opportunity that was subsequently delayed by the FCC, as we have previously reported.

    Licensees of LPTV, TV translator and Class A stations in non-rural areas that have not yet filed an application to convert their station to digital operations may wish to file a flash cut application prior to the start of the July filing opportunity.  These applications may be filed at any time.  By doing so, licensees can obtain processing priority for their applications and guard against third-party applications that may limit their station’s proposed digital coverage area.  Under the FCC’s rules, a station filing a flash cut application may propose any digital facility whose protected digital signal contour overlaps any portion of the station’s protected analog signal contour.

    Applications filed in connection with the nationwide filing opportunity will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be “cut-off” daily.  Thus, earlier filed applications will receive processing priority over later-filed applications, but mutually-exclusive applications filed on the same day will be resolved by the FCC’s competitive bidding (auction) rules.