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Released: May 9, 2011

Federal Communications Commission

DA 11-686

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Innovation in the Broadcast Television Bands:
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Allocations, Channel Sharing and Improvements to )
ET Docket No. 10-235
VHF
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ORDER

Extended Reply Comment Date: April 25, 2011

Adopted: April 14, 2011

Released: April 14, 2011

By the Chief, Media Bureau:
1. On February 11, 2011, the Federal Register published the Commission's Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking ("NPRM") in the above-captioned proceeding.1 That NPRM established a comment deadline
of March 18, 2011 and a reply comment deadline of April 18, 2011. On April 13, 2011, LIN Television
Corporation d/b/a LIN Media, Media General, Inc., the Named State Broadcasters Associations,2 Sinclair
Broadcast Group, Inc., and Tribune Broadcasting Company, Debtor-In-Possession, requested that the
reply deadline be extended by 7 days because the current reply comment filing deadline falls immediately
after the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas Nevada, which concludes
today. Many broadcasters, their counsel, and other interested parties, attended the NAB Show. In
addition, FCC staff and Commissioners also attended the NAB Show and made public presentations
regarding incentive auctions, among other matters related to this proceeding. The requestors assert that
they need the opportunity to address in their reply comments matters that they learned from these
presentations.


1 Innovation in the Broadcast Television Bands: Allocations, Channel Sharing and Improvements to VHF, Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking,
25 FCC Rcd 16498 (2010).
2 The Named State Broadcasters Associations intending to participate in this proceeding include the Alabama
Broadcasters Association, Alaska Broadcasters Association, Arkansas Broadcasters Association, California
Broadcasters Association, Colorado Broadcasters Association, Connecticut Broadcasters Association, Florida
Broadcasters Association, Georgia Broadcasters Association, Idaho State Broadcasters Association, Illinois
Broadcasters Association, Indiana Broadcasters Association, Iowa Broadcasters Association, Kansas Association of
Broadcasters, Kentucky Broadcasters Association, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, Maine Association of
Broadcasters, Massachusetts Broadcasters Association, Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Minnesota
Broadcasters Association, Mississippi Association of Broadcasters, Missouri Broadcasters Association, Nebraska
Broadcasters Association, Nevada Broadcasters Association, New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters, New
Mexico Broadcasters Association, The New York State Broadcasters Association, Inc., North Dakota Broadcasters
Association, Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, Oregon Association of Broadcasters, Pennsylvania Association
of Broadcasters, Rhode Island Broadcasters Association, South Carolina Broadcasters Association, South Dakota
Broadcasters Association, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, Texas Association of Broadcasters, Utah
Broadcasters Association, Vermont Association of Broadcasters, Washington State Association of Broadcasters,
West Virginia Association of Broadcasters, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, and the Wyoming Association of
Broadcasters.

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DA 11-686

2. As set forth in Section 1.46(a) of the Commission's Rules,3 the Commission's policy is that
extensions of time shall not be routinely granted. Given the importance of the issues in this proceeding,
however, we find that good cause exists to provide all parties an extension of the reply comment deadline
to facilitate the development of a full and complete record.
3. Accordingly,

IT IS ORDERED

that, pursuant to Section 4(i), 4(j) and 5(c) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 154(j), 155(c) and Sections 0.31, 0.241,
and 1.46 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 0.31, 0.241, and 1.46, the deadline for filing reply
comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in ET Docket No. 10-235

IS EXTENDED

to April 25, 2011.
4. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Motion for Extension of Time filed by LIN Television
Corporation d/b/a LIN Media, Media General, Inc., the Named State Broadcasters Associations, Sinclair
Broadcast Group, Inc., and Tribune Broadcasting Company, Debtor-In-Possession

IS GRANTED

.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Julius Knapp
Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology


3 47 C.F.R. 1.46.
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