Doug Lung / RF Report
06.13.2014 04:02 PM
FCC Freezes DRT, LPTV and Class A Applications
Announcement follows incentive auction R&O protection decision
On June 11 the FCC's Media Bureau announced "a freeze on the filing of applications for digital replacement translator (DRT) stations and displacement applications for low power television (LPTV), TV translator, and Class A television stations pursuant to sections 73.3572(a)(4) and 74.787(a)(4) of the Commission’s rules." The Media Bureau will consider waiver requests for displacement applications by LPTV and TV translator stations demonstrating that they are causing or receive "new actual" interference to or from a full power television station. However, the Media Bureau said it did not anticipate waiving the freeze for new DRT stations or Class A displacement applications.
Minor change applications and applications for digital flash cut and digital companion channels filed by existing LPTV and TV translator stations and by Class A stations will continue to be accepted for filing. The Public Notice announcing the freeze (DA 14-808) noted that the FCC recently adopted rules for the broadcast TV spectrum incentive auction and "the facilities of DRT, LPTV, and TV translator stations will not be protected during the repacking."

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Posted by: Tim Stoffel
Fri, 06-13-2014 12:45 AM Report Comment
The Lord giveth, the FCC taketh away. The FCC is showing its true colors as sold-out lap-dogs to powerful wireless broadband entities. Not a word of this was breathed at the recent National Translator Association convention (which featured several prominent FCC officials in attendance). Despite everything good they said in the R&O, this is just another move towards the sysematic destruction translators, LPTV, and ultimately full power TV. You can't believe the FCC more than you can pick up and throw their headquarters! It is interesting that we broadcasters can be fined by the FCC for 'lack of Candor', but we can't fine them for lack of candor.

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