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Commission Updates DTV Coverage Maps and List of Stations With 2 Percent or Greater Service Loss

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Released: July 23, 2009

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 09-1274

Released: June 5, 2009

COMMISSION UPDATES DTV COVERAGE MAPS AND LIST

OF STATIONS WITH 2 PERCENT OR GREATER SERVICE LOSS

Today the Commission will release a set of updated maps showing the predicted digital service
area of every full power television broadcast station. Based on these updated maps, the Commission has
revised the Signal Loss Report listing stations predicted to lose 2 percent or more of their analog viewers
when transitioning to digital, and that list will be available on the Commission's webpage devoted to the
DTV transition, www.DTV.gov. The new list includes 55 stations not included in the original list and
excludes 19 stations previously included. As discussed below, the Commission's DTV consumer
education rules require stations listed on the Signal Loss Report to provide detailed service loss notices to
all viewers.
On December 23, 2008, the Commission released two reports showing the predicted changes in
coverage for digital TV stations as compared to analog TV stations. The first report provided maps
showing side-by-side comparisons of the predicted analog and digital coverage areas for each of the full
service TV stations in the United States. The second report, the Signal Loss Report, contained maps and
other information for 319 stations whose digital service would not cover 2 percent or more of the
population covered by their analog service. The maps and analyses in these reports were generally based
on stations' authorized transmitter facilities as reflected in the FCC database as of October 3, 2008.
The updated maps show side-by-side comparisons of stations' predicted analog and digital
coverage in the same manner as the earlier maps.1 These new maps also show data on the number of
persons served by a station's analog and digital service, analog loss, digital gain, and net gain/loss. There
are two updated maps with data for each station, as follows:
1) Predicted digital coverage on June 13, 2009 (some stations will not be operating at their full
authorized transmitter facilities on June 13), and
2) Predicted post-transition digital coverage based on granted construction permits for
authorized transmitter facilities.
These maps are all based on stations' digital facilities as reflected in the FCC database as of April 30,
2009, compared with their authorized analog facilities as of October 3, 2008.
In the Third Report and Order implementing the DTV Delay Act, the Commission required all
stations listed in the Signal Loss Report i.e., those predicted to experience a loss of 2 percent or more


1 The updated maps, as well as links to the original reports and maps, will be found at
http://www.fcc.gov/dtv/markets/. The maps may also be reached through www.DTV.gov, by navigating to "Get
Help Locally" and then clicking "Map of All DTV Stations."

to inform their viewers of this expected loss at least once per day.2 Most stations are only subject to the
public service announcement requirements until the time they cease analog programming.
As a result of the updated digital service coverage calculations, the Commission has updated the
Signal Loss Report to reflect the stations subject to the requirements of the service loss notice rule. There
are 55 stations now listed in the Signal Loss Report that were not previously listed, and these 55 new
stations are listed in Appendix A. Because the rule requires all stations listed in the Signal Loss Report to
air service loss notices, stations should consult Appendix A immediately in order to determine whether
they are predicted to experience a substantial service loss on June 13. If a station is on the list, it must
begin to air daily service loss notices, pursuant to the rules, no later than Monday, June 8, and continue to
do so until completing its transition.3 Recognizing that many of these stations may be planning to
complete construction of and operate larger facilities by June 13, the Media Bureau invites such stations
to notify the Video Division if their digital signal on June 13 will cover more than 98 percent of the
population previously covered by their analog signal (i.e., the service loss will be reduced below 2
percent), and should therefore be removed from the signal loss report. This notice should be provided via
email to Barbara Kreisman, Chief of the Video Division, at Barbara.Kreisman@fcc.gov.
In addition, 19 stations that were previously listed have been removed from the Signal Loss
Report and are no longer required to air Service Loss Notices. These 19 stations are listed on Appendix
B. All other stations that were previously listed on the Signal Loss Report must continue to air Service
Loss Notices until they terminate analog service.4
Most stations predicted to experience a substantial loss of viewers will be permitted to cease
airing daily service loss notices when they terminate their analog signals on June 12.5 The Commission
reminds these stations, however, that they must keep detailed service loss information, including a link to
the relevant, updated map on the Commission's web site, on their home page until at least 30 days after
they terminate analog service.6


2 Implementation of the DTV Delay Act, MB Docket No. 09-17, Third Report and Order and Order on
Reconsideration, 24 FCC Rcd 3399, 38-48 (2009) ("Third Report and Order"). Pursuant to the rules, the daily
Service Loss Notices must tell viewers that there is a predicted loss, "describe the discrete geographic areas where
there is likely to be a service loss," and provide contact information for the FCC's Call Center. There are specific
additional requirements for stations suffering a service loss due to a change from the Very High Frequency (VHF)
band to the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band. Detailed service loss information, including a link to the relevant
map on the Commission's web site, must also be available on the station's website home page until at least 30 days
after it terminates analog service. See 47 CFR 73.674(b)(5).
3 Viewers of certain stations approved for "phased" transitions will also be experiencing service loss on June 13.
Phased transition stations have existing notice obligations that, in this case, we find are sufficient to convey to
viewers the details of a temporary loss of service. Third DTV Periodic Report and Order, 23 FCC Rcd at 3036-
3042, 88-97. Although the maps posted for these stations depict the loss predicted as of June 13, 2009, these
stations are not included in the new Signal Loss Report even where their temporary losses equal or exceed 2 percent,
provided, however, that such a station's signal loss must be reduced below 2 percent when the station completes and
begins operation on its full authorized post-transition facility. If this condition will not be not met, a phased
transition station must air service loss notices in addition to its phased transition notices.
4 See http://www.fcc.gov/dtv/markets/ for the complete Signal Loss Report list.
5 "Phased" transition stations must continue to fully comply with the DTV Consumer Education Initiative until the
quarter in which they begin operation of their final post-transition facility. Third Report and Order, 24 FCC Rcd
3399 at 37. 47 CFR 73.674(b)(4).
6 See 47 CFR 73.674(b)(5)(iv).
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Additional Information

For more information concerning the maps, please contact Robert Weller,
Robert.Weller@fcc.gov, at 202-418-7397, or Alan Stillwell, Alan.Stillwell@fcc.gov, at 202-418-2925, of
the Office of Engineering and Technology. For information about consumer education obligations, please
contact Lyle Elder, Lyle.Elder@fcc.gov, of the Policy Division, Media Bureau, 202-418-2120. Stations
with questions about their June 13 build out status should contact Barbara Kreisman,
Barbara.Kreisman@fcc.gov, Chief of the Video Division, Media Bureau.
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