FCC Calls for Input on LPTV

The FCC recently declared that it is suspending deadlines for construction of new digital low power television (LPTV) stations, and similarly stated its intent to postpone the 2015 deadline for LPTV’s final change to digital broadcasting.  The Commission is making these moves in light of the upcoming broadcast television spectrum auction.  The FCC commented, “These stations are a source of diverse and local programming for viewers,” and it asked for input on how to move LPTV to digital and how “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.”

The FCC will also be looking at broadcaster interference issues in light of the spectrum auction during today’s FCC Open Meeting.

  • Find the FCC’s LPTV notice and NPRM, and further discussion here.
  • Find NRB’s formal comment on the spectrum auction and an additional letter filed earlier this year with the FCC specifically on LPTV.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: October 17 , 2014

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