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Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Seek Comment on Post-Incentive Auction Transition Scheduling Plan

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 00:00
This document seeks comment on the proposal set forth by the Media Bureau, in consultation with the Incentive Auction Task Force, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the Office of Engineering and Technology, for developing a post-incentive auction transition scheduling plan. In preparing their submissions commenters should be mindful of the Commission's prohibited communications rule, which prohibits broadcasters and forward auction applicants from communicating any incentive auction applicant's bids or bidding strategies to other parties covered by the relevant rules.

National Television Multiple Ownership Rule

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 00:00
This document eliminates the UHF discount from the calculation of the national television audience reach cap because it is no longer justified due to the transition to digital television. The discount attributes television stations broadcasting in the UHF spectrum with only 50 percent of the television households in their Designated Market Areas (DMAs). To avoid imposing undue harm on existing broadcast television station groups that exceed the national audience reach cap without the benefit of the UHF discount, this Report and Order grandfathers combinations: In existence on September 26, 2013 (Grandfather Date), the release date of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in this proceeding; created by a transaction that had received Commission approval on or before the Grandfather Date; and proposed in applications pending before the Commission on the Grandfather Date.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Sells, Willcox, and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 00:00
In this document, the Media Bureau (Bureau) dismisses as moot the Application for Review filed jointly by KZLZ, LLC (KZLZ) and Lakeshore Media, LLC, the current and former licensee, respectively, of Station KWCX-FM. While the AFR was pending, KZLZ filed a minor modification application to change the community of license of Station KWCX-FM from Willcox to Tanque Verde, Arizona. Once the requested facility modification to Station KWCX-FM was granted, the assignment at Willcox was deleted, and this in turn rendered moot any Section 307(b) comparison between Davis-Monthan AFB and the deleted Willcox assignment.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Eagle Butte, South Dakota

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 00:00
At the request of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Audio Division amends the FM Table of Allotments, by allotting Channel 228C1 at Eagle Butte, South Dakota, as the first local Tribal-owned service. A staff engineering analysis indicates that Channel 228C1 can be allotted to Eagle Butte consistent with the minimum distance separation requirements of the Commission's rules with no site restriction. The reference coordinates are 45-01-32 NL and 101- 14-22 WL.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Maryville, Missouri

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 00:00
At the request of Michael Myers, the Audio Division amends the FM Table of Allotments, by allotting Channel 285C3 at Maryville, Missouri, as the community's forth local service. A staff engineering analysis indicates Channel 285C3 can be allotted to Maryville consistent with the minimum distance separation requirements of the Commission's rules without a site restriction. The reference coordinates are 40-22-33 NL and 94-51-25 WL.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Pima, Arizona

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 00:00
This document proposes to amend the FM Table of Allotments, by substituting noncommercial educational Channel *278A for Channel *296A at Pima, Arizona to accommodate the hybrid application, requesting modification of the license for Station KIKO(FM) to specify operation on Channel 243C2 rather than Channel 247C2 at Claypool, Arizona. A staff engineering analysis indicates that Channel *278A can be allotted to Pima consistent with the minimum distance separation requirements of the Commission's rules with a site restriction 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) southeast of the community. The reference coordinates are 32-49- 46 NL and 109-45-16 WL.

Television Broadcasting Services; Seaford, Delaware

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 00:00
In this Memorandum Opinion and Order, the Commission denies the application for review of the Media Bureau's dismissal of a petition for reconsideration of decisions that allotted VHF television channel 5 to Seaford, Delaware. The Media Bureau had dismissed the petition for reconsideration challenging the Seaford allotment because it was untimely filed and the Commission concludes that there is no basis to waive the statutory deadline for the filing of petitions for reconsideration.

Television Broadcasting Services; Cordele, Georgia

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 00:00
A petition for rulemaking was filed by Sunbelt-South Tele- Communications, Ltd. (Sunbelt), the licensee of WSST-TV, channel 51, Cordele, Georgia, requesting the substitution of channel 22 for channel 51 at Cordele. Sunbelt filed comments reaffirming its interest in the proposed channel substitution and stating that if the proposal is granted, it will promptly file an application for the facilities specified in the rulemaking petition and construct the station. Sunbelt asserts that adopting the proposal would serve the public interest because it would remove any potential interference with authorized wireless operations in the Lower 700 MHz A Block adjacent to channel 51 in Cordele. In addition, Sunbelt agrees that WSST-TV will be protected in the incentive auction at its channel 51 operating parameters even after its move to channel 22, and recognizes that as a result of repacking during the incentive auction, it may be required to move from channel 22.

Television Broadcasting Services; Tolleson, Arizona

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 00:00
A petition for rulemaking was filed by America 51, L.P. (America 51), the licensee of KPPX-TV, channel 51, Tolleson, Arizona, requesting the substitution of channel 31 for channel 51 at Tolleson. America 51 filed comments reaffirming its interest in the proposed channel substitution and stated that if the proposal is granted, it will promptly file an application for the facilities specified in the rulemaking petition and construct the station. America 51 asserts that adopting the proposed channel substitution would serve the public interest because it would remove any potential interference with authorized wireless operations in the Lower 700 MHz A Block adjacent to channel 51 in the Phoenix, Arizona market. In addition, America 51 agrees that KPPX-TV will be protected in the incentive auction at its channel 51 operating parameters even after its move to channel 31, and recognizes that as a result of repacking during the incentive auction, it may be required to move from channel 31.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Raymond, Washington

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00
At the request of Sunnylands Broadcasting, LLC, the Audio Division amends the FM Table of Allotments, by allotting Channel 300A at Raymond, Washington, as the community's second local service. A staff engineering analysis indicates Channel 300A can be allotted to Raymond consistent with the minimum distance separation requirements of the Commission's rules with a site restriction located 4.7 kilometers (3.0 miles) southwest of the community. The reference coordinates are 46-38-49 NL and 123-45-11 WL.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Bogata, Texas and Wright City, Oklahoma

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 00:00
At the request of Charles Crawford, the Audio Division amends the FM Table of Allotments, by allotting Channel 247A at Bogata, Texas and Channel 295A at Wright City, Oklahoma. A staff engineering analysis indicates that FM Channel 247A can be allotted at Bogata, Texas at the following reference coordinates: 33-33-21 NL and 95-18-28 WL. FM Channel 295A can be allotted at Wright City, Oklahoma, at the following reference coordinates: 34-04-44 NL and 94-51-15 WL.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Eagle Butte, South Dakota

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 00:00
This document requests comments on a Petition for Rule Making filed by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, proposing to amend the FM Table of Allotments, section 73.202(b) of the Commission's Rules, by allotting Channel 228C1 at Eagle Butte, South Dakota, as the first local Tribal- owned service. A staff engineering analysis indicates that Channel 228C1 can be allotted to Eagle Butte consistent with the minimum distance separation requirements of the Commission's rules with no site restriction. The reference coordinates are 45-01-32 NL and 101-14-22 WL.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Grant, Oklahoma

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 00:00
At the request of the petitioner, Katherine Pyeatt, this Report and Order dismisses the proposed allotment of FM Channel 286A at Grant, Oklahoma, File No. BNPH-20141029ACJ, and terminates the proceeding. It also dismisses, as requested by Southeast Oklahoma Radio LLC (SOR), the SOR counterproposal for station KTMC-FM, McAlester, Oklahoma, File No. BPH-20150831ABE. Furthermore, the Report and Order grants the proposed upgraded facility filed by Liberman Broadcasting of Dallas LLC (Liberman) for Station KZMP-FM, Channel 285C0, Pilot Point, Texas, File No. BPH-20141028AAK and approves the Liberman-Pyeatt Reimbursement Agreement.

Low Power Television Digital Rules

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, certain information collection requirements associated with the Commission's Low Power Television Digital Rules Report and Order, FCC 15-175. This document is consistent with the Low Power Television Digital Rules Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of the rule.

Revisions to Public Inspection File Requirements-Broadcaster Correspondence File and Cable Principal Headend Location

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes to eliminate two public inspection file requirements--the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain in their public inspection file copies of letters and emails from the public and the requirement that cable operators maintain for public inspection the designation and location of the cable system's principal headend. Because of potential privacy concerns associated with putting the correspondence file online and because many cable operators prefer not to post online the location of their principal headend for security reasons, removing these requirements would enable commercial broadcasters and cable operators to make their entire public inspection file available online and obviate also maintaining a local public file. Eliminating these public file requirements thus would reduce the regulatory burdens on commercial broadcasters and cable operators.

Television Broadcasting Services; Scottsbluff, Nebraska and Sidney, Nebraska

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 00:00
At the request of Gray Television License, LLC, licensee of station KDUH-TV, Channel 7, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and New Rushmore Radio, Inc., former licensee of KDUH-TV (collectively, Petitioners), the Commission has before it an unopposed Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to amend the Post-Transition Table of DTV Allotments to delete channel 7 at Scottsbluff, Nebraska and to substitute channel 7 at Sidney, Nebraska. Petitioners further request modification of KDUH-TV's license to specify Sidney as the station's community of license. Petitioners assert that their proposal to reallot channel 7 to Sidney is based on the technical specifications currently authorized for KDUH- TV and, therefore, the new allotment will be mutually exclusive with the station's existing allotment. Petitioners further state that their proposal would meet the Commission's allotment priorities by providing Sidney with its first local television service. and that Scottsbluff would remain well-served after the proposed reallotment because full- power television station KSTF(TV), channel 29, would remain licensed to that community.

Expanded Online Public Inspection File Obligations to Cable and Satellite TV Operators and Broadcast and Satellite Radio Licensees

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, the information collection associated with the Commission's Report and Order, Expansion of Online Public File Obligations To Cable and Satellite TV Operators and Broadcast and Satellite Radio Licensees. This document is consistent with the Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of the rules.

Petitions for Reconsideration of Action in Rulemaking Proceeding

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 00:00
Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's rulemaking proceeding by: Lawrence M. Miller, on behalf of Public Broadcasting Parties, Sylvia Strobel, on behalf of American Public Media Group, Todd D. Gray, on behalf of NCE Licensees and Joseph B. Porter, on behalf of The State University of New York.

Television Broadcasting Services; Tolleson, Arizona

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
The Commission has before it a petition for rulemaking filed by America 51, L.P. (America 51), the licensee of KPPX-TV, channel 51, Tolleson, Arizona, requesting the substitution of channel 31 for channel 51 at Tolleson. While the Commission instituted a freeze on the acceptance of full power television rulemaking petitions requesting channel substitutions in May 2011, it subsequently announced that it would lift the freeze to accept such petitions for rulemaking seeking to relocate from channel 51 pursuant to a voluntary relocation agreement with Lower 700 MHz A Block licensees. America 51 has entered into such a voluntary relocation agreement with T-Mobile and states that operation on channel 31 would remove any potential interference with authorized wireless operations in the Lower 700 MHZ A Block adjacent to channel 51 in the Phoenix, Arizona market, permitting those operations to expand to additional consumers sooner than would otherwise be possible.

Television Broadcasting Services; Cordele, Georgia

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 00:00
The Commission has before it a petition for rulemaking filed by Sunbelt-South TeleCommunications, Ltd. (Sunbelt), the licensee of WSST-TV, channel 51, Cordele, Georgia, requesting the substitution of channel 22 for channel 51 at Cordele. While the Commission instituted a freeze on the acceptance of full power television rulemaking petitions requesting channel substitutions in May 2011, it subsequently announced that it would lift the freeze to accept such petitions for rulemaking seeking to relocate from channel 51 pursuant to a voluntary relocation agreement with Lower 700 MHz A Block licensees. Sunbelt has entered into such a voluntary relocation agreement with T-Mobile USA, Inc. and states that operation on channel 22 would remove any potential interference with authorized wireless operations in the Lower 700 MHZ A Block adjacent to channel 51.

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