Media Bureau Announces FM Translator Auction 83 Filing Window
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
Washington, D.C. 20554
July 31, 2013
MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES FM TRANSLATOR
AUCTION 83 FILING WINDOW AND FILING PROCEDURES
August 30, 2013 Deadline Set for Form 349 Applications for
Certain Non-Mutually Exclusive Tech Box Proposals
Report No. AUC-03-83-EToday, the Media Bureau (Bureau) opens a window for the filing of FCC Form 349 (Form 349)
FM translator new station construction permit applications for the 1,239 "tech box" proposals listed in
Attachment A. This action is in accordance with the procedures adopted in the Fifth Order on
Reconsideration in the low power FM (LPFM) proceeding.1 This window is limited to timely filed
Auction 83 tech box proposals which the staff has identified as not mutually exclusive with any other tech
box proposals that remain pending from the Auction 83 Filing Window.2 These "singleton" applications
are exempt from the Commission's auction procedures.3
Required Form and Fees: Each applicant listed in Attachment A must submit a complete
Form 349 by August 30, 2013 (the "Application Deadline") for each of its listed tech box proposals.4
1 See Creation of a Low Power Radio Service, Fifth Order on Reconsideration and Sixth Report and Order, 27 FCC
Rcd 15402 (2012).
2 See FM Translator Auction Filing Window and Application Freeze, Public Notice, 18 FCC Rcd 1565 (MB/WTB
2003). The filing window was subsequently extended to March 17, 2003. FM Translator Auction Filing Window
and Application Freeze Extended to March 17, 2003, Public Notice, 18 FCC Rcd 3275 (MB/WTB 2003) ("Auction
83 Filing Window").
3 See 47 U.S.C. 309(j); 47 C.F.R. 73.5005(d); Implementation of Section 309(j) of the Communications Act --
Competitive Bidding for Commercial Broadcast and Instructional Television Fixed Service Licenses, First Report
and Order, 13 FCC Rcd 15920 (1998), Memorandum Opinion and Order, 14 FCC Rcd 8724 (1999), Memorandum
Opinion and Order, 14 FCC Rcd 12541 (1999) ("Broadcast Auction First Report and Order").
4 See 47 U.S.C. 158; 47 C.F.R. 0.401(b), 1.1104, 1.1109, 1.1110, 73.5005(d), 73.3512, 74.1233(d).
All applicants also must submit, if applicable, the required application filing fee and a FCC Form 159,
How to File:Applicants must file complete Form 349 applications electronically through the
Bureau's Consolidated Database System (CDBS) online electronic forms filing system. When filing
Form 349, applicants must select "Long Form Application for FM Translator Auction Window 83" on the
Pre-form for Form 349 (Question 2 Application Purpose). In addition, applicants must enter the CDBS
file number previously issued to the associated Auction 83 tech box proposal in the field "Eng. Proposal
File Number." The "long form" applications and amendments filed during this window will be afforded
cut-off protection against subsequently filed translator applications and amendments.6 Instructions on
using the electronic filing system are available in the CDBS User's Guide, which can be accessed from
the electronic filing web site at:
For technical assistance with electronic filing, call the Bureau CDBS Help Desk at (202) 418-2662.
Minor Amendments.An applicant may make minor amendments to the associated tech box
proposal. This includes, but is not limited to, changes to power, height, directional pattern and channel
that are considered "minor changes."7 The Form 349 application may not create a new conflict to any
pending Auction 83 tech box proposal, or to any prior-filed Form 349. Furthermore, any Form 349
proposal which differs from the most recent tech box proposal must include a Preclusion Showing for any
Tech Box amendment specifying a transmitter site within 39 kilometers of any Appendix A Market grid
and/or at any location within any Top-50 Spectrum Limited Market. Detailed instructions on completing
Preclusion Showings are provided in prior Media Bureau public notices.8 Amendments to showings will
be permitted during the filing window, provided that the final application amendment does not specify a
"major change" from the initial Auction 83 Filing Window tech box proposal.9 An amended Preclusion
Showing must be complete and sufficient. The staff will review only the last-filed Preclusion Showing to
determine compliance with all application filing requirements.
Form 349 applications that fail to
include a required Preclusion Showing will be dismissed. A Preclusion Showing filing may not be
submitted, amended, corrected, completed, or resubmitted for further consideration after the
Application Deadline. Moreover, a Preclusion Showing will not be treated as a matter subject to
5 See Schedule of Charges at 47 C.F.R. 1.1104. Method and form of payment are addressed in 47 C.F.R.
1.1111, 1.1112. See also the Media Services Application Fee Filing Guide and the FCC Form 349 instructions.
The general exemptions to charges are specified in 47 C.F.R. 1.1116. Governmental entities are exempt from this
fee requirement. Also exempt are applicants for noncommercial educational FM translator facilities, as defined in
47 C.F.R. 74.1201(c). When filing a fee-exempt application, an applicant must complete Section I, item 3 of Form
349 and provide an explanation.
6 See Broadcast Auction First Report and Order, 13 FCC Rcd at 15991.
7 47 C.F.R. 74.1233(a).
8 See Media Bureau Announces April 1 April 19 Filing Window for FM Translator Auction 83 Preclusion
Showings, Public Notice, 28 FCC Rcd 2495 (MB 2013); Media Bureau Provides Additional Guidance on
Preclusion Showing Filing Requirements for Auction 83 FM Translator Applicants, Public Notice, 28 FCC Rcd
2840 (MB 2013).
9 47 C.F.R. 74.1233(a).
amendment pursuant to Section 73.3522(a) of the Rules10 after the Application Deadline.
Furthermore, any Form 349, to the extent it differs from the underlying tech box proposal (as pending on
June 16, 2013), is not protected from applications submitted during the October 2013 (LPFM) filing
window.11 Any Form 349 application filed during this window that differs from the June 16, 2013,
version of the underlying tech box, and any authorization granted from that application may be subject to
modification or cancellation as a result of conflicting LPFM window filings.
Application Dismissals.The staff will dismiss Form 349 applications not submitted in
accordance with the procedures described above. A Form 349 application that, as of the Application
Deadline, specifies a "major change"12 to the facilities specified in the initial Auction 83 Filing Window
tech box proposal and/or creates a new conflict to a pending Auction 83 tech box proposal will be
dismissed.13 The staff also will dismiss, without further processing, any tech box proposal listed in
Attachment A if the applicant fails to electronically submit a complete Form 349 application for such tech
box proposal by the Application Deadline. The Application Deadline will be strictly enforced.14
Petition to Deny Filing Period. The staff will study the submitted "singleton" Form 349
applications for acceptability. It will subsequently issue CDBS-generated Public Notices entitled
"Broadcast Applications" listing those applications determined to be acceptable for filing. A petition to
deny the FCC Form 349 application must be filed within 15 days following the release of the pertinent
Public Notice.15 Interested parties should monitor these CDBS Broadcast Applications Public Notices.
For additional information, contact Rob Gates or Larry Hannif-Ali of the Audio Division at (202)
418-2700. Press contact: Janice Wise, (202) 418-8165.
This Public Notice contains the following Attachments:
Attachment A:Singleton Tech Box Proposals Subject to August 30, 2013 Filing Deadline
10 47 C.F.R. 73.3522(a).
11 See Media Bureau Announces Availability of the Revised FCC Form 318 and the Filing Procedures for October
15 October 29, 2013 Low Power FM Filing Window, Public Notice, 28 FCC Rcd 8854 (MB 2013).
12 47 C.F.R. 74.1233(a).
13 See Broadcast Auction First Report and Order, 13 FCC Rcd at 15991.
14 See 47 C.F.R. 73.5005, 74.1233(d).
15 See 47 C.F.R. 73.5006(b), 74.1233(d)(4).
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