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Released: December 28, 2011

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DA 11-2086

Released: December 28, 2011

Office of Engineering and Technology Seeks Comment on Requests for Waiver of Section

15.712(b) to Register Certain TV Receive Sites in the TV Bands Database

ET Docket No. 04-186

Comment Date: January 30, 2012
Reply Comment Date: February 14, 2012

By this Public Notice, we invite interested parties to file comments on seventeen parties’1
requests for waivers of Section 15.712(b) of the Commission’s rules to register low power TV and
Multichannel Video Program Distributor (MVPD) receive sites that are more than 80 km outside the
protected contour of the TV stations being received in the TV bands database.2
On September 23, 2010, the Commission adopted a Second Memorandum Opinion and Order
(Second MO&O) in ET Docket No. 04-186 that revised the rules for unlicensed wireless devices that
operate in broadcast television spectrum at locations where that spectrum is unused by licensed services.3
This unused TV spectrum is commonly referred to as television “white spaces.” The rules allow for the
operation of unlicensed TV bands devices in unused TV spectrum to provide broadband data and other
services for consumers and businesses.


1 A total of twenty five parties filed waiver requests. As discussed below, we have preliminarily determined that only
seventeen parties would require waivers to register their sites in the TV bands databases. The following low power
TV operators submitted waiver requests: MMM License II LLC; MMM License, LLC; Bonneville Holding
Company; LIN of New Mexico, LLC; Mojave County Board of Supervisors; Needles Community TV Club, Inc.;
SLC TV Licensee Corp.; Arizona Board of Regents for Arizona State University; Biltmore Broadcasting Santa
Barbara, Inc.; Community Television License of Utah, LLC; High Plains Broadcasting License Company LLC;
Idaho Independent Television, Inc.; Newport Television License LLC; The University of Utah; Western Kane
County Special Service District # 1; KSAX-TV, Inc.; and Smokey Valley TV District. In addition, the following
MVPD operators filed waiver requests: Ritter Communications; Suddenlink Communications; Sjoberg’s Inc.;
Comcast Cable Communications LLC; SCATUI Cable Vision; Fidelity Communications Co.; Allegiance
Communications, LLC; and Mediacom Communications Corporation.
2 The requests for waiver to register receive sites beyond 80 km of a transmit station’s protected contour are
available on the Commission’s web site at: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_search/execute?proceeding=04-
186&applicant=&lawfirm=&author=&disseminated.minDate=&disseminated.maxDate=&recieved.minDate=01%2
F01%2F2011&recieved.maxDate=05%2F01%2F2011&address.city=&address.state.stateCd=&address.zip=&daN
umber=&fileNumber=&submissionTypeId=95&__checkbox_exParte=true.
3 See Second Memorandum Opinion and Order in ET Docket No. 04-186, 25 FCC Rcd 18661 (2010).

To prevent interference to authorized users of the TV bands, TV bands devices must include a
geo-location capability and the capability to access a database that identifies incumbent uses entitled to
interference protection, including, for example, full power and low power TV stations, broadcast
auxiliary point-to-point facilities, PLMRS/CMRS operations on channels 14-20, and the Offshore
Radiotelephone Service.4 The database will provide a TV bands device with a list of TV channels that
are vacant and can be used at its location.5
MVPDs and operators of Class A TV, low power TV, and TV translator stations (collectively
“low power TV stations”) in many cases receive over-the-air TV signals for redistribution to subscribers
or retransmission to viewers. Receive sites that meet certain criteria may be registered in the TV bands
database to receive protection against interference from TV bands devices.6 TV bands devices may not
operate on a co-channel or on an adjacent channel to the receive channel of a registered site within a
defined protected area around the site. Because TV stations are already protected from interference by
TV bands devices within their protected contours, only receive sites that are outside of the protected
contour of the station being received may be registered in the TV bands database. Due to the expected
maximum range at which a digital TV station could be received off the air, the Commission initially
limited registration to sites that are no more than 80 km outside the protected contour of the TV station
being received. In the Second MO&O, the Commission also recognized that it may be possible in some
instances to receive a TV station more than 80 km outside of a station’s protected contour. It therefore
provided a 90 day period beginning with the effective date of the rules for parties to file requests for a
waiver of this distance limit.7 The Commission stated that following receipt of these waiver requests, it
would issue a public notice requesting comment on them.
The rules became effective on January 5, 2011, so waiver requests were due by April 5, 2011.8 A
total of seventeen low power TV station licensees and eight MVPDs filed waiver requests. The
Commission staff performed an initial analysis of the receive sites listed in these requests to determine
whether they are more than 80 km outside the protected contour of the received TV station. The staff
determined that some of the sites are less than 80 km outside the received TV station’s protected contour
and that others are receiving the received station’s signal through intermediate links of less than 80 km
(e.g., the TV signal is relayed from one low power TV station to another), so no waiver is needed to
register those sites in the database. In other instances the staff found, after communicating with the
applicants, that certain sites listed in the waiver requests are receiving TV stations through a fiber optic
or microwave link rather than an over-the-air TV signal and that they therefore may not be registered in
the database.9 Based on our analysis, it appears that only the receive sites listed in the tables in Appendix
A (Low Power TV receive sites) and B (MVPD receive sites) are receiving TV signals over the air and
are more than 80 km outside the protected contour of the received TV station, so that a waiver of §
15.712(b) would be necessary to register these sites in TV bands database.


4 See 47 C.F.R. § 15.711. The rules also contain provisions for devices that rely on spectrum sensing to determine
available channels. See 47 C.F.R. § 15.717.
5 See 47 C.F.R. § 15.713(a)-(b).
6 See 47 C.F.R. § 15.712(b).
7 See Second MO&O, 25 FCC Rcd 18661, 18680 (2010).
8 See 75 FR 75814 (December 6, 2010).
9 See 47 C.F.R. § 15.712(b).
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We seek comment on whether the Commission should grant the requested waivers and permit
registration of these low power TV and MVPD receive sites in the TV bands database. We also seek
comment on the following issues:
·
Is the data contained in the tables in the Appendices accurate? We ask that commenters provide
corrections to the data as needed.
·
Did we include in our tables all the sites that were listed in the waiver requests and that are more
80 km outside the protected contour of the TV stations being received? As noted above, we included
only sites that our analysis indicated are more than 80 km outside a TV station’s protected contour.
·
Should we allow intermittent registration for back-up receive sites? The University of Utah
requests that we allow temporary or permanent registration of their receive sites that generally obtain a
signal by means other than over-the-air reception, e.g., by fiber optic, satellite, or microwave links.
(These sites are denoted with asterisks in Appendix A.) It states that in the event of an emergency or the
failure of their normal means of receiving a channel, intermittent registration in the TV bands database
will be necessary to ensure uninterrupted services.
Comments on the waiver requests are due by the dates listed above. We will review the waiver
requests, comments, and reply comments before making a final determination on whether to grant or
deny waivers for the MVPD and low power TV station sites listed in the Appendices. We also may
request additional information that we deem necessary to assist us in making a decision.
The TV bands databases are the subject of a docketed proceeding, ET Docket No. 04-186, and
comments may be filed using the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) as described below.
Interested members of the public who wish to make their views known in connection with ET Docket No.
04-186 may submit comments for inclusion in ECFS.10 A simplified interface for ECFS has been
implemented to facilitate consumer comment. Documents filed on ECFS may be accessed and reviewed
on that system, which contains copies of written submissions and summaries of oral submissions
regarding the white spaces proceeding.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first
page of this document. All such filings should refer to

ET Docket No. 04-186

. Comments may be filed
using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents
in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
§
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.
§
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filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers 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-


10 See FCC, Electronic Comment File Submission, http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/upload_v2.cgi.
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By the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology
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Appendix A
Low Power TV Receive Sites
Distance
From
Receive
Receive
Latitude
Longitude
Protected
Transmit
Transmit
Licensee
Receive Location
Callsign
State
(Deg/Min/Sec)
(Deg/Min/Sec)
Contour To
Channel
Callsign
Receive
site (km)
Arizona Board of Regents for Arizona State University
K47GQ
Parks
AZ
35 12 01.00 N
112 12 17.00 W
84.2
8
KAET
Bonneville Holding Company
K24FE-D
Beaver, etc.
UT
38 31 05.00 N
113 17 03.00 W
112.1
47
K47BD-D
Bonneville Holding Company
K35FS-D
Santa Clara, etc.
UT
37 09 15.00 N
113 51 32.00 W
109.5
24
K24FE-D
Community Television License of Utah, LLC
K43CC-D
Santa Clara
UT
37 09 18.80 N
113 52 56.70 W
111.8
15
K15FQ-D
High Plains Broadcasting License Company LLC
K48JD
Santa Clara & Washin
UT
37 09 15.00 N
113 51 32.00 W
111.4
15
K15FQ-D
High Plains Broadcasting License Company LLC
K45IA
Rock Springs
WY
41 26 05.00 N
109 07 00.00 W
139.4
27
K27KV-D
Idaho Independent Television, Inc.
K58DZ
McDermitt
NV
42 10 43.00 N
117 44 19.00 W
90.7
13
KTRV
MMM License II, LLC (KFBB-TV)
K63AR
Chinook
MT
48 28 13.00 N
109 16 07.60 W
88.0
51
K51KO
MMM License II, LLC (KFBB-TV)
K46GS
Plentywood
MT
48 41 35.10 N
104 35 45.90 W
92.4
25
K25HO
MMM License, LLC (KTMF-TV)
K44KM-D
Salmon
ID
45 08 44.70 N
114 00 33.30 W
93.0
23
KTMF
Mojave County Board of Supervisors
WQHE250
Smith Peak
AZ
34 03 54.98 N
113 21 17.01 W
81.5
36
KAZT-CD
SLC TV Licensee Corp.
K22FS-D
Beaver, etc.
UT
38 31 14.00 N
113 17 12.00 W
129.8
34
KUTV
Smokey Valley TV District
K29IS-D
Round Mountain
NV
38 29 23.00 N
116 59 55.00 W
133.7
7
KRNV
Smokey Valley TV District
K27JZ-D
Round Mountain
NV
38 29 23.00 N
116 59 55.00 W
134.1
8
KOLO
Smokey Valley TV District
K25KR-D
Round Mountain
NV
38 29 23.00 N
116 59 55.00 W
133.8
13
KTVN
The University of Utah
K16BO-D
Beaver/Milford
UT
38 31 13.80 N
113 17 11.50 W
117.9
20
K20DW-D
The University of Utah
K20GH-D
Beaver/Milford
UT
38 31 13.80 N
113 17 11.50 W
113.2
49
K49AO-D
The University of Utah
K48KS-D
Delta/Oak City
UT
39 21 12.10 N
112 21 05.80 W
80.7
16
K16BO-D
The University of Utah
K47HM-D
Delta/Oak City
UT
39 21 12.10 N
112 21 05.80 W
80.7
20
K20GH-D
The University of Utah
K50GD-D
Long Valley Junction
UT
37 30 25.40 N
112 30 35.60 W
85.7
22
K22FT-D
The University of Utah
K46EO-D
Long Valley Junction
UT
37 30 25.40 N
112 30 35.60 W
85.7
24
K24FD-D
* The University of Utah
K40AF-D
Monticello/Blanding
UT
37 50 22.20 N
109 27 42.00 W
183.5
45
K45JN-D
* The University of Utah
K47JI-D
Monticello/Blanding
UT
37 50 22.20 N
109 27 42.00 W
187.4
46
K46JK-D
* The University of Utah
K56JG-D
Vernal
UT
40 21 03.30 N
109 09 45.10 W
88.6
23
K23FT-D
* The University of Utah
K35IQ-D
Vernal
UT
40 21 03.30 N
109 09 45.10 W
102.4
29
K29EX
* The University of Utah
K50KC-D
Washington County
UT
37 09 18.80 N
113 52 56.70 W
114.7
16
K16BO-D
* The University of Utah
K44JI-D
Washington County
UT
37 09 18.80 N
113 52 56.70 W
114.7
20
K20GH-D
Western Kane County Special Service District #1
K48EK-D
Long Valley Junction
UT
37 30 25.40 N
112 30 35.60 W
85.7
16
K16EQ-D
Western Kane County Special Service District #1
K32HR-D
Long Valley Junction
UT
37 30 25.40 N
112 30 35.60 W
85.7
18
K18FT-D
Western Kane County Special Service District #1
K51JS-D
Long Valley Junction
UT
37 30 25.40 N
112 30 35.60 W
85.7
20
K20GE-D
Western Kane County Special Service District #1
K41LC-D
Long Valley Junction
UT
37 30 25.40 N
112 30 35.60 W
85.7
26
K26GD-D
Western Kane County Special Service District #1
K44FU-D
Long Valley Junction
UT
37 30 25.40 N
112 30 35.60 W
85.7
28
K28GM-D
Western Kane County Special Service District #1
K42IW-D
Long Valley Junction
UT
37 30 25.40 N
112 30 35.60 W
85.7
30
K30GA-D
*The University of Utah receive sites that generally obtain a signal by means other than over-the-air
reception.
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Appendix B
MVPD Receive Sites
Distance From
State of
Latitude
Longitude
Protected
Operator
City of operation
Channel
Callsign
operation
(Deg/Min/Sec)
(Deg/Min/Sec)
Contour To
Receive site (km)
Allegiance Communications, LLC
Sedan
KS
35 25 44.87 N
096 19 43.62 W
138.5
7
KOAM
Allegiance Communications, LLC
Sedan
KS
35 25 44.87 N
096 19 43.62 W
158.8
46
KSNF
Allegiance Communications, LLC
Meade
KS
37 16 28.36 N
100 20 38.42 W
178.5
29
KSAS-LP
Comcast Cable Communications LLC
Arbuckle
CA
39 01 15.90 N
122 03 35.40 W
85.9
3
KCSO
Comcast Cable Communications LLC
Raton
NM
36 54 32.10 N
104 28 04.80 W
88.4
24
KRDO
Mediacom Communications Corp.
Ajo
AZ
32 22 01.80 N
112 52 45.30 W
84.3
9
KGUN
Mediacom Communications Corp.
Ajo
AZ
32 22 01.80 N
112 52 45.30 W
94.4
32
KOLD
Mediacom Communications Corp.
Dubuque
IA
42 30 48.00 N
090 44 44.70 W
129.2
11
KDIN
Mediacom Communications Corp.
Buffalo Center
IA
43 22 57.90 N
093 56 29.00 W
90.3
29
WFTC
Sjoberg's, Inc.
Warroad
MN
48 54 09.79 N
095 22 39.00 W
98.5
8
WDAZ
Sjoberg's, Inc.
Thief River Falls
MN
48 54 09.79 N
095 22 39.00 W
98.5
8
WDAZ
Sjoberg's, Inc.
Thief River Falls
MN
48 54 09.79 N
095 22 39.00 W
119.0
44
KVLY
Sjoberg's, Inc.
Thief River Falls
MN
48 54 09.79 N
095 22 39.00 W
122.1
38
KXJB
Suddenlink Communications
Muskogee
OK
35 44 54.90 N
095 21 20.00 W
84.4
51
KSBI
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