DTV Buildout Order Published

The FCC this week published the Third DTV Periodic Report and Order—originally released Dec. 31—in the Federal Register. In addition to several new OMB-approved application forms, the report also provided deadline details.

Stations wanting to take advantage of expedited processing must file by March 17, 2008. Stations with a post-transition deadline of Aug. 18, 2008 must also file no later than that date. Stations with a deadline of Feb. 17, 2009 must file applications no later than June 19, 2008.

The FCC also received OMB approval for the new and modified FCC forms listed in the Report and Order. These include Form 301 (application to construct or modify post-transition Appendix B facilities; Form 337 (request for extension to construct DTV facilities); Form 340 (application for noncommercial educational stations to file applications to construct or modify post-transition facilities); and Form 387 (DTV transition status reports).

The Public Notice reminded licensees that the freeze on maximization remains in effect. However, stations that have a pending petition for reconsideration in the Seventh Report and Order may file their CP applications for post-transition facilities now. The FCC encouraged these stations to file applications if they can obtain their desired post-transition facilities under the filing freeze waiver policy. These applications, however, will not qualify for expedited processing.

Stations with DTV facilities that match their Appendix B facilities do not need to file any additional CP applications. Some stations may have facilities that are close to, but not exactly the same as their Appendix B facilities. These stations must use Form 387 to notify the FCC of the discrepancy.

Extension requests must be filed no earlier than 90 days and no later than 60 days before the relevant construction deadline.

The Public Notice (DA 08-172) provides additional information and an excellent summary of TV broadcasters’ filing requirements as we approach the end of the DTV transition.

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.