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Released: July 16, 2014
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PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

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Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 14-1005

Released: July 16, 2014

MEDIA BUREAU AND PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU SEEK

COMMENT ON REQUEST FOR WAIVER FILED BY WLNY-TV INC. TO FLASHCUT FROM

ANALOG CHANNEL 17 TO DIGITAL CHANNEL 17 FOR LOW POWER TELEVISION

STATION WLIG-LP, PLAINVIEW, NEW YORK

PS Docket No. 14-108

File No. BDFCDTL-20130603AUD

Comment Date: August 15, 2014

Reply Comment Date: August 29, 2014

The Media Bureau and the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seek comment on the

application and waiver request, as amended, filed on June 04, 2013, by WLNY-TV Inc. (WLNY).1

WLNY seeks “approval for low power television [LPTV] station WLIG-LP, Plainview, NY to flashcut

from analog channel 17 to digital channel 17.”2 WLNY requests waiver of Section 74.709 of the

Commission’s rules,3 for “land mobile station protection insofar as that rule applies to the channel 16 land

mobile services in New York, NY.”4 The rule states that a low power TV or TV translator station

application will not be accepted if it specifies a channel that is one channel above or below one of the land

mobile assignments and its field strength at the land mobile protected contour exceeds 76 dBu.5 Station

WLIG-LP is located within the land mobile protected contour.

WLNY states that “WLIG-LP has been operating on analog channel 17 since 2005.”6 WLNY

affirms that “during its nine years of operation, there have been no interference complaints by any users

of the adjacent channel 16 spectrum or any other indication of interference.”7 WLNY further states that

1 See File No. BDFCDTL-20130603AUD (filed June 04, 2013, amended, June 17, 2014,

https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-

bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101641338&formid=346&fac_num=9378 ).

See also attachment 12: Further Statement in Support of Waiver Request and Grant of Application (Waiver Request)

and Clarification of Further Statement in Support of Waiver Request and Grant of Application (Clarification

Request).

2 Waiver Request at 1.

3 47 C.F.R. § 74.709.

4 Waiver Request at 1.

5 47 C.F.R. § 74.709(d)(3). The protected contours for the land mobile radio service are 130 kilometers from the

coordinates in the table in paragraph (a). 47 C.F.R. § 74.709(b).

6 Waiver Request at 1.

7 Id.

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“a grant of the WLIG-LP digital channel 17 proposal will afford the channel 16 land mobile service

significantly more interference protection” than the current analog channel 17 operation.8

Specifically, WLNY states that “in actuality the flashcut to digital channel 17 with a full service

mask filter together with the existing multi-section filter now used by the station, will dramatically

decrease out-of-band emissions to the adjacent channel 16 spectrum and will afford the channel 16 land

mobile service significantly greater protection against interference than currently exists.”9 WLNY asserts

that “FCC rules recognize that the out-of-band emissions 3 MHz from the LPTV channel band edge in the

land mobile band are reduced 76 dB for digital LPTV operations compared to 60 dB for analog LPTV

operations – a further reduction of 16 dB.”10

Further, WLNY states that “if we consider the current

analog radiated power of the LPTV station in the land mobile spectrum to be 100%, the proposed change

to digital will reduce that radiated power to 2.5%”11 and maintains that the “decrease in emissions will

provide the land mobile service significantly greater interference protection than that which exists based

on WLIG-LP’s current analog operation.”12

WLNY concludes that granting its proposal “will enhance the interference protection for the

channel 16 land mobile service [and therefore] has no downside and is risk-free for all parties.”13

WLNY

asserts that “if interference ever occurs, WLIG-LP, as a secondary service, will be required to eliminate

the interference or cease operations” and that “FCC can condition the WLIG-LP construction permit to

require the station to 1) eliminate interference or cease operation should interference ever occur and 2)

install and operate with a full service mask filter and multi-section filter.”14

In support of its waiver request, WLNY submitted, an engineering analysis (Exhibit 13) which

indicates that “the proposed WLIG-LP digital facility is identical [to] its licensed analog facility in terms

of frequency, ERP, antenna system and site location.”15

Accordingly, we invite comment and analysis on the impact of the WLNY’s waiver request on

the land mobile service on the adjacent channel 16 in the New York metropolitan area.16

Comments filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to http://

www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. Generally, only one copy of an electronic submission must be filed. If multiple

docket or rulemaking numbers appear in the caption of this proceeding, however, commenters must

transmit one electronic copy of the comments to each docket or rulemaking number referenced in the

caption. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, U.S. Postal

Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking number. Parties may also submit an

electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions for e-mail comments, commenters

should send an e-mail to ecfs@fcc.gov, and should include the following words in the body of the

message, “get form.” A sample form and directions will be sent in reply.

8 See id.

9

Id.

10 Clarification Request at 1. See also 47 C.F.R. §§ 74.736(c)(3) [analog] and 74.794(a)(2)(ii) [digital].

11 Clarification Request at 1.

12 Id.

13 Id.

14Id.

15 Id. See also Waiver Request at 1.

16 See 47 C.F.R. § 90.303(c).

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Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. If more than

one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, commenters must submit two

additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.

Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-

class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary,

Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

-Deliver hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St.,

S.W., Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber

bands or fasteners. Envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building. The filing hours at this

location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

-Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must

be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

-U.S. Postal Service first-class mail, Express Mail, and Priority Mail should be addressed to 445

12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20554.

Parties are requested to send one copy of their comments and reply comments to Best Copy and

Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554, (800) 378-

3160, e-mail FCC@BCPIWEB.com.

The request, and comments and reply comments filed in response to this Public Notice are

available for viewing via the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) by entering the

docket number, 14-108. The documents also will be available for public inspection and copying during

business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street S.W., Room CY-

A257, Washington, D.C. 20554. They may also be purchased from Best Copy and Printing, Inc.,

telephone (800) 378-3160, facsimile (202) 488-5563, TTY (202) 488-5562, e-mail

FCC@BCPIWEB.com.

Alternate formats of this Public Notice (computer diskette, large print, audio recording, and

Braille) are available to persons with disabilities by contacting the Consumer & Governmental Affairs

Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY), or send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov.

This proceeding has been designated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with

the Commission's ex parte rules.17 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written

presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the

presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Persons making oral

ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all

persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made,

and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation

consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter’s

written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to

such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant

page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them

in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte meetings are

deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In

proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of

17 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200(a), 1.1206.

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electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations,

and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that

proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in

this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules.

For further information, contact Mr. Hossein Hashemzadeh of the Video Division, Media Bureau

at (202) 418-1658 (voice), (202) 418-7233 (tty), or via e-mail to Hossein.Hashemzadeh@fcc.gov, or Ms.

Uche Patrick of the Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at (202)

418-2518 (voice), (202) 418-7233 (tty), or via e-mail to Uche.Patrick@fcc.gov.

By the Deputy Chief, Media Bureau and Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security

Bureau.

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