Primer for Broadcasters & MVPDs
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This page provides an overview for broadcast entities and multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) affected by the post-auction transition. Each tab below corresponds to a particular category (e.g., winning off-air bidder, reassigned station) and provides a summary of relevant actions, milestones, and resources to help guide you through the process.

Licensees and MVPDs are also free to contact a transition specialist with specific questions.

Relinquishment
Bidders

Winning Bidder - Off Air Station

"Off Air Station" - Station that bids in the reverse auction to relinquish its channel.

Activity Description Timing Responsible Party

Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (CCR PN)

Announces reassigned station post-auction channel assignments and phase completion deadlines.

April 13, 2017

Commission

File FCC Form 1875 Payment Information

Complete FCC Form 1875 (mailed in April 13th letter) and return the completed form to the Commission.

May 11, 2017

Off Air Station

Provide Electronic Banking Information in CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module

Input banking information on the electronically available CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module

Enter within 10 days of receiving e-mail notification from the Commission.

Off Air Station

Ready to Pay Public Notice

Commission will release a public notice announcing that specific winning bidders are scheduled to receive their incentive payments. For purposes of calculating deadlines, receipt of proceeds is considered to occur five (5) business days following release.

July 20, 2017

Commission

Notice to Viewers

Notice to viewers prior to termination of operations on its pre-auction channel.

Not less than 30 days prior to discontinuation of operations on pre-auction channel.

Off Air Station

Notice to MVPDs

Notice sent to multichannel video program distributors of station's discontinuation of operations on its pre-auction channel.

No later than 30 days prior to discontinuation of operations.

Off Air Station

Notice of Suspension of Operations to FCC

File in LMS. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov.

At least two (2) days prior to discontinuing operations.

Off Air Station

Request for Waiver of Deadline to Discontinue Operations

Stations may request to continue operating on pre-auction channel for an additional 90-days beyond the deadline to discontinue operations. File in LMS as a legal STA. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov.

As soon as it becomes necessary and in no event later than Monday, September 25, 2017.

Off Air Station

Discontinue Operations

Discontinue operations on pre-auction channel within 90 days after receiving share of auction proceeds.

No later than Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Off Air Station

Request to Cancel License

File in LMS. Stations are also asked to send an electronic copy of the request via email to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov

Upon discontinuation of operations.

Off Air Station

Channel
Sharing
Stations

Winning Bidder - Channel Sharing

"Sharee" - Station that bid in the reverse auction to relinquish its channel in order to share with another station.

"Sharer" - Station that has agreed to share its channel with the Channel Sharee Station.

"Reassigned Station" - Station that is given a new channel assignment in the Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (CCR PN) as a result of the incentive auction repacking process.

Activity Description Timing Responsible Party

Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (CCR PN)

Announces reassigned station post-auction channel assignments and phase completion deadlines.

April 13, 2017

Commission

File FCC Form 1875 Payment Information

Complete FCC Form 1875 (mailed in April 13th letter) and return the completed form to the Commission.

May 11, 2017

Sharee

Provide Electronic Banking Information in CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module

Input banking information on the electronically available CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module.

Enter within 10 days of receiving e-mail notification from the Commission.

Sharee

Ready to Pay Public Notice

Commission will release a public notice announcing that specific winning bidders are scheduled to receive their incentive payments. For purposes of calculating deadlines, receipt of proceeds is considered to occur five (5) business days following release.

July 20, 2017

Commission

Request for Waiver of the Construction Permit Deadline for Shared Channel

Stations may request additional time to file a construction permit application for their shared channel.  File in LMS as a request for legal STA. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov

Recommend that it be filed no later than Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Sharee

File Application for Construction Permit for Shared Channel

Application for construction permit filed on LMS Form 2100 Schedule A (full power) or E (Class A). The application must specify the same technical facilities as the sharer and include an executed copy of the Channel Sharing Agreement (CSA).

No later than Friday, November 24, 2017.

Sharee

Minor Change Application/License Application for the Sharer's Post-Auction Channel

File application if the sharer is a reassigned station or band changing station and is not expected to transition to its new channel before the sharee's deadline to discontinue operations on its pre-auction channel.

Construction permit must be filed not less than 60 days prior to the sharer's construction permit deadline. 

Sharee

Notice to Viewers

Notice to viewers prior to termination of operations on its pre-auction channel.

Not less than 30 days prior to discontinuing operations on pre-auction channel

Sharee

Notice to MVPDs

Notice sent to multichannel video program distributors of station's discontinuation of operations on its pre-auction channel.

Not less than 30 days prior to terminating operations on pre-auction channel and initiating operations on shared channel.

Sharee

Notice to Commission

Notice to Commission of discontinuation of operations on pre-auction channel. File in LMS. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov

Two days prior to discontinuing operations

Sharee

Request for Waiver of Deadline to Discontinue Operations

Stations may request up to two 90-day waivers to continue operating on pre-auction channel beyond the deadline to discontinue operations. File in LMS as a request for legal STA. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov

As soon as it becomes necessary, but first request must be filed by November 24, 2017.

Sharee

Discontinue Operations

Discontinue operations on pre-auction channel within 180 days after receiving share of auction proceeds.

No later than Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

Sharee

File Application for License/ Minor Change Application

File application for license for shared channel using LMS Form 2100 - Schedule B (full power) or F (Class A).

When implementation is complete and within 10 days after commencing program test authority  on sharer's pre-auction/post-auction channel.

Sharee/Sharer

Certification of Compliance with the Viewer Notification Requirements

Place a certification of compliance with the on-air viewer notification requirements into the station's online public file.

Within 30 days after beginning operation on shared channel.

Sharee

Band
Changing
Stations

Band Changing Stations - Stay on Air

"Band Changing Station" - A station with a reverse auction winning bid to move to the low or high very-high frequency (VHF) band.

Note: Band changing stations are not eligible for the incentive auction reimbursement program.

Activity Description Timing Responsible Party

Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (CCR PN)

Announces reassigned station post-auction channel assignments and phase completion deadlines.

April 13, 2017

Commission

File FCC Form 1875 Payment Information

Complete FCC Form 1875 (mailed in April 13th letter) and return the completed form to the Commission.

May 11, 2017

Band changing station

Provide Electronic Banking Information in CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module

Input banking information on the electronically available CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module.

Enter within 10 days of receiving e-mail notification from the Commission.

Band changing station

Ready to Pay Public Notice

Commission will release a public notice announcing that specific winning bidders are scheduled to receive their incentive payments. For purposes of calculating deadlines, receipt of proceeds is considered to occur five (5) business days following release.

July 20, 2017

Commission

Request for Waiver of Construction Permit Filing Deadline

Stations may request additional time to file a construction permit application for their post-auction channel. File application in LMS as a request for legal STA. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov.

"Unable to construct" facilities must file by June 12, 2017.  All others that are unable to meet the deadline must file no later than July 12, 2017.

Band Changing Station 

File Application for Construction Permit

File construction permit application for post-auction channel on LMS Form 2100 Schedule A (full power) or E (Class A).

July 12, 2017

Band Changing Station

File Application During Priority Filing Window

Stations "unable to construct" that received a waiver of the 90-day construction permit filing deadline; or that are predicted to experience a loss in population served in excess of 1% as a result of the repacking process may seek an alternate channel or facility from their station specified in the CCR PN. File an application for construction permit on LMS Form 2100, Schedule A (full power) or E (Class A).

30-day window beginning approximately 120 days after CCR PN released. Specific dates announced in future public notice.

Band Changing Station

File Application or Amendment During Second Alternate Channel/Expanded Facilities Filing Window

Stations may seek an alternate channel or to expand the facility assigned in the CCR PN. File an amendment to the construction permit on LMS 2100 Schedule A (full power) or E (Class A).

30-day window beginning shortly after conclusion of the priority window. Specific dates announced in future public notice.

Band Changing Station

Resolve Mutually Exclusive Applications (if needed)

90-day period to resolve mutually exclusive applications filed during the priority filing window.

TBD

Band Changing Station

File Transition Progress Report- FCC Form 2100 – Schedule 387

Stations must file electronically FCC Form 2100, Schedule 387 – Transition Progress Report (pending OMB approval) to report on the progress of the station's post-incentive auction facility construction.

October 10, 2017 and by the tenth day of each succeeding calendar quarter thereafter, until the station ceases operation on its pre-auction channel.  Additional filings required at specific times prior to and following completion of construction.

Band Changing Station

Notice to Viewers

Notice to viewers prior to termination of operations on its pre-auction channel.

For minimum of 30 days prior to discontinuation of operations on pre-auction channel.

Band Changing Station

Notice to MVPDs

Notice sent to multichannel video program distributors of station's discontinuation of operations on its pre-auction channel.

Not less than 90 days prior to discontinuation of operations.

Band Changing Station

Equipment Testing on Post-Auction Channel

Stations may not begin testing on their post-auction channel until 12:01 am local time on the testing period start date. Stations part of a linked-station set must coordinate their testing with other stations in the set to avoid undue interference.

Testing Start Dates:

Phase 1- 9/14/2018
Phase 2- 12/1/2018
Phase 3- 4/13/2019
Phase 4- 6/22/2019
Phase 5- 8/3/2019
Phase 6- 9/7/2019
Phase 7- 10/19/2019
Phase 8- 1/18/2020
Phase 9- 3/14/2020
Phase 10- 5/2/2020 

Band Changing Station

Post-Auction Transition Plan Phase Completion Dates

Stations must discontinue operations on their pre-auction channels, absent the grant of a waiver and STA, no later than the phase completion date assigned to the station in the CCR PN.

Phase Completion Dates:

Phase 1- 11/30/2018
Phase 2- 4/12/2019
Phase 3- 6/21/2019
Phase 4- 8/2/2019
Phase 5- 9/6/2019
Phase 6- 10/18/2019
Phase 7- 1/17/2020
Phase 8- 3/13/2020
Phase 9- 5/1/2020
Phase 10- 7/3/2020

Band Changing Station

Application for Extension of Construction Permit

Application to extend the construction permit for the station's post-auction channel up to 180-days. Application is filed on FCC Form 2100 - Schedule 337.

Not less than 90 days before the station's construction deadline.

Band Changing Station

Request for Tolling or Waiver of Tolling Rule

Stations may request additional time beyond the 180-day extended deadline to complete construction only through the "tolling" rule. File in LMS. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov.

Prior to expiration of the station's construction permit and within the time frames set forth in tolling rule.

Band Changing Station

Discontinue Operations

Discontinue operations on pre-auction channel.

By the station's assigned phase completion date.

Band Changing Station

Request for Special Temporary Authority (STA)

Stations make seek an STA to operate at variance from their authorized parameters in order to complete construction of its post-auction facility. File request as an engineering STA in LMS. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov.

When the station determines that it is necessary.

Band Changing Station

File Application for License

File an application for license for post-auction channel using LMS Form 2100 - Schedule B (full power) or F (Class A).

Within 10 days following  commencement  of program test authority  on post-auction channel.

Band Changing Station

Certification of Compliance with the Viewer Notification Requirements

Place a certification of compliance with the on-air viewer notification requirements into the station's online public file.

Within 30 days after beginning operation on post-auction channel.

Band Changing Station

Reassigned
Stations

Reassigned Stations

"Reassigned Station" - Station that is given a new channel assignment in the Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (CCR PN) as a result of the incentive auction repacking process.

Note: Reassigned stations are also eligible for the incentive auction reimbursement program. See the separate section of this web site for more information on this program.

Activity Description Timing Responsible Party

Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (CCR PN)

Announces reassigned station post-auction channel assignments and phase completion deadlines.

April 13, 2017

Commission

Service Rule Waiver in Lieu of Reimbursement

May request a waiver of the Commission's service rules to allow the station to make flexible use of its reassigned spectrum to provide non-broadcast services. File in LMS as a request for legal STA. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov.

May 15, 2017

Reassigned Station

Request for Waiver of Construction Permit Filing Deadline

Stations may request additional time to file a construction permit application for their post-auction channel. File application in LMS as a request for legal STA. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov.

"Unable to construct" facilities must file by June 12, 2017.  All others that are unable to meet the deadline must file no later than July 12, 2017.

Reassigned Station

File Application for Construction Permit

File construction permit application for post-auction channel on LMS Form 2100 Schedule A (full power) or E (Class A).

July 12, 2017

Reassigned Station

Application for Estimated Construction Costs

File an application for estimated construction costs on LMS Form 2100, Schedule 399.  Stations that have applied for a service rule waiver must file unless otherwise instructed by the Media Bureau. 

July 12, 2017

Exception: Stations granted an "unable to construct" waiver of the construction permit deadline must file within 30 days of receiving a construction permit.

Reassigned Station

File FCC Form 1876 Payment Information

Complete FCC Form 1876 and mail the completed form to the Commission.

With enough lead time for payments not to be delayed because bank account information has not been properly submitted to the FCC.

Reassigned Station

Provide Electronic Banking Information in CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module

Input banking information on the electronically available CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module.

Within 10 days of receiving e-mail notification from the Commission.

Reassigned Station

File Application During Priority Filing Window

Stations "unable to construct" that received a waiver of the 90-day construction permit filing deadline; or that are predicted to experience a loss in population served in excess of 1% as a result of the repacking process may seek an alternate channel or facility from their station specified in the CCR PN. File an application for construction permit on LMS Form 2100, Schedule A (full power) or E (Class A).

30-day window beginning approximately 120 days after CCR PN released.  Window dates will be announced by PN.

Reassigned Station

File Application or Amendment During Second Alternate Channel/Expanded Facilities Window

Stations may seek an alternate channel or to expand the facility assigned in the CCR PN. Stations would file an application for construction permit on LMS 2100 Schedule A (full power) or E (Class A).

30-day window beginning shortly after conclusion of the priority window.  Specific dates announced in future public notice.

Reassigned Station

Resolve Mutually Exclusive Applications (if needed)

90-day period to resolve mutually exclusive applications filed during the priority filing window.

TBD

Reassigned Station

Transition Progress Report- FCC Form 2100 – Schedule 387

Stations must file electronically FCC Form 2100, Schedule 387 – Transition Progress Report (pending OMB approval) to report on the progress of the station's post-incentive auction facility construction.

October 10, 2017 and by the tenth day of each succeeding calendar quarter thereafter, until the station ceases operation on its pre-auction channel.  Must also file at specific times prior to and following completion of construction.

Reassigned Station

Equipment Testing on Post-Auction Channel

Stations may not begin testing on their post-auction channel until 12:01 am local time on the testing period start date.  Stations part of a linked-station set must coordinate their testing with other stations in the set to avoid undue interference.

Testing Start Dates:

Phase 1- 9/14/2018
Phase 2- 12/1/2018
Phase 3- 4/13/2019
Phase 4- 6/22/2019
Phase 5- 8/3/2019
Phase 6- 9/7/2019
Phase 7- 10/19/2019
Phase 8- 1/18/2020
Phase 9- 3/14/2020
Phase 10- 5/2/2020 

Reassigned Station

Post-Auction Transition Plan Phase Completion Dates

Stations must discontinue operations on their pre-auction channels, absent the grant of a waiver and STA, no later than the phase completion date assigned to the station in the CCR PN.

Phase Completion Dates:

Phase 1- 11/30/2018
Phase 2- 4/12/2019
Phase 3- 6/21/2019
Phase 4- 8/2/2019
Phase 5- 9/6/2019
Phase 6- 10/18/2019
Phase 7- 1/17/2020
Phase 8- 3/13/2020
Phase 9- 5/1/2020
Phase 10- 7/3/2020

Reassigned Station

Notice to Viewers

Notice to viewers prior to termination of operations on its pre-auction channel.

For minimum of 30 days prior to discontinuation of operations on pre-auction channel.

Reassigned Station

Certification of Compliance with the Viewer Notification Requirements

Place a certification of compliance with the on-air viewer notification requirements into the station's online public file.

Within 30 days after beginning operation on post-auction channel.

Reassigned Station

Notice to MVPDs

Notice sent to multichannel video program distributors of station's discontinuation of operations on its pre-auction channel.

Not less than 90 days prior to commencement of operations on its post-auction channel.

Reassigned Station

Application for Extension of Construction Permit

Application to extend the construction permit for the station's post-auction channel up to 180-days. Application is filed on FCC Form 2100 - Schedule 337.

Not less than 90 days before the station's construction deadline.

Reassigned Station

Request for Tolling or Waiver of Tolling Rule

Stations may request additional time beyond the 180-day extended deadline to complete construction only through the "tolling" rule. File in LMS. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov.

Prior to expiration of the station's construction permit and within the time frames set forth in tolling rule.

Reassigned Station

Discontinue Operations

Discontinuation of operations on pre-auction channel.

By the station's assigned phase completion date/construction deadline.

Reassigned Station

Request for Special Temporary Authority (STA)

Stations make seek an STA to operate at variance from their authorized parameters in order to complete construction of its post-auction facility. File request as an engineering STA in LMS. Also encouraged to send electronic copy to: IAtransitionlicensing@fcc.gov.

When the station determines that it is necessary.

Reassigned Station

File Application for License

File an application for license for post-auction channel using LMS Form 2100 - Schedule B (full power) or F (Class A).

Within 10 days following commencement of program test authority on post-auction channel.

Reassigned Station

Actual and Remaining Reimbursement Claims

Once reimbursement eligible stations incur actual costs as a result of the post-auction channel reassignments, they must file actual reimbursement claims along with any required supporting invoices and other cost documentation using the Reimbursement Form via LMS.

 The Media Bureau will announce a date prior to the end of the reimbursement period at which time all actual and remaining estimated costs and supporting documentation must be submitted.

Reassigned Station

 

Stations Not
Reassigned

Non-Reassigned Stations

"Non-Reassigned Station" - Station that is not given a new channel assignment in the Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (CCR PN) as a result of the incentive auction repacking process and remains on its current channel.

Note: Non-Reassigned Stations are NOT eligible for the incentive auction reimbursement program. See the separate section of this web site for more information on this program.

Activity Description Timing Responsible Party

Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (CCR PN)

Announces reassigned station post-auction channel assignments and phase completion deadlines.

April 13, 2017

Commission

File Application During "Priority" Filing Window

Stations "unable to construct" that received a waiver of the 90-day construction permit filing deadline; or that are predicted to experience a loss in population served in excess of 1% as a result of the repacking process may seek an alternate channel or facility from their station specified in the CCR PN. File an application for construction permit on LMS Form 2100, Schedule A (full power) or E (Class A).

30-day window beginning approximately 120 days after CCR PN released. Specific dates announced in future public notice.

Non-Reassigned Stations

Resolve Mutually Exclusive Applications (if needed)

90-day period to resolve mutually exclusive applications filed during the priority filing window.

TBD

Non-Reassigned Stations

File Application for License

Non-Reassigned Stations granted a construction permit in the priority filing window must file an application for license using LMS Form 2100 - Schedule B (full power) or F (Class A). 

Within 10 days after commencement of program test authority on modified facility.

Non-Reassigned Stations (only if modifying existing facility)

MVPDs

MVPDs

MVPD - Multichannel Video Programming Distributors that reasonably incur costs as a result of the incentive auction and that are eligible for reimbursement.

Note: MVPDs are also eligible for the incentive auction reimbursement program. See the separate section of this web site for more information on this program.

Activity Description Timing Responsible Party

Application for Estimated Construction Costs

File an application for estimated construction costs filed on LMS Form 2100, Schedule 399.  

7/12/2017

MVPDs that incur reimbursable costs

Submit FCC Form 1876 Payment Instructions

Complete FCC Form 1876 and mail the completed form to the Commission.

No sooner than 5 business days after submitting their cost estimate and with enough lead time to correct errors identified by FCC.

MVPDs that incur reimbursable costs

Provide Electronic Banking Information in CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module

Input banking information on the electronically available CORES Incentive Auction Financial Module.

Enter within 10 days of receiving e-mail notification from the Commission.

MVPDs that incur reimbursable costs

Reimbursement Claims for Actual Expenses Incurred

File actual reimbursement claims along with any required supporting invoices and other cost documentation on LMS Form 2100, Schedule 399.

The Media Bureau will announce a date prior to the end of the reimbursement period at which time all remaining expense documentation and additional estimates for work not yet completed must be submitted.

MVPDs that incur reimbursable costs

 

Displaced
Class A
Stations

Displaced Class A Stations

"Displaced Class A Stations" - A Class A station that was not protected in the incentive auction repacking process and is eligible to file a displacement application in the first priority alternate channel/expanded facilities window.

Note: Displaced Class A Stations are NOT eligible for the incentive auction reimbursement program. See the separate section of this web site for more information on this program.

Activity Description Timing

Responsible Party

Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice (CCR PN)

Announces stations assigned a new channel as a result of the incentive auction repacking process and those that will remain on their current channels.

April 13, 2017

Commission

File Displacement Application During First Priority Window

Specified Class A stations may seek an alternate channel or facility from their current facility if displaced as a result of channel assignments provided in the CCR PN. File a displacement application on LMS FCC Form 2100 - Schedule E. 

30-day window beginning approximately 120 days after CCR PN released. Specific dates announced in future public notice.

Displaced Class A Station

Resolve Mutually Exclusive Applications (if needed)

90-day period to resolve mutually exclusive applications filed during the priority filing window.

TBD

Displaced Class A Station

File Transition Progress Report- FCC Form 2100 – Schedule 387

Stations must file electronically FCC Form 2100, Schedule 387 – Transition Progress Report (pending OMB approval) to report on the progress of the station's post-incentive auction facility construction.

October 10, 2017 and by the tenth day of each succeeding calendar quarter thereafter, until the station ceases operation on its pre-auction channel.  Additional filings required at specific times prior to and following completion of construction.

Displaced Class A

File Application for License

Stations granted a displacement application must file an application for license on LMS Form 2100 - Schedule F.

Within 10 days of commencement of program test authority on post-auction channel.

Displaced Class A Station

Related Information

For more information, contact a post-incentive auction specialist.

Updated: 
Friday, October 13, 2017