• FCC Establishes New DTV Deadlines; Seeks Further Comment
  • March 23, 2009 | Authors: Jennifer L. Richter; Carly T. Didden; Jennifer A. Cetta
  • Law Firm: Patton Boggs LLP - Washington Office
  • In its most recent DTV Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC took steps to implement the DTV Delay Act which, as we previously reported, extended the deadline for full power television stations to transition to all-digital broadcasting.

    The Commission established a March 17 deadline for stations to elect their final transition date, and permitted stations to transition before June 12, but no sooner than April 16, 2009. The Commission requested comment on the procedures and public interest conditions that will apply to stations asking to transition before June 12. The Notice also sought comment on additional consumer education requirements that should apply to all broadcasters, including informing viewers about possible areas of signal loss after the transition. Comments on the FCC’s Notice are due five days following publication in the Federal Register, which has not yet occurred.