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Grants Available to Convert LPTV Stations to Digital

The National Telecommuncations and Information Administration is making applications available for $44 million in grants to help upgrade LPTV and translator stations to digital. Unlike full-power television stations, LPTV facilities can continue analog broadcasting after the June 12, 2009, national transition of full-power stations to digital.

“The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring all viewers of over-the-air broadcast television enjoy the full benefits of digital television,” said Anna M. Gomez, acting NTIA administrator. “This grant program will assist the low-power, translator and Class A stations that may provide the only local television programming choices in many rural areas across the nation.”

In a Notice of Availability of Funds (NOFA) published in the Federal Register, NTIA issued quidelines for its Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program, which will provide reimbursement for equipment to upgrade low-power stations in rural communities. Details of the NOFA are available at www.federalregister.gov and www.ntia.doc.gov/lptv. Completed applications for the priority round must be received at NTIA by 5 p.m., EDT on July 13, 2009.