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Released: July 14, 2014


Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.


TTY: 1-888-835-5322

Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 14-996

Released: July 14, 2014



MB Docket No. 03-185

Comment Date: August 14, 2014

Reply Comment Date: August 29, 2014

Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (ATBA) filed a Petition for Blanket Extension or

Waiver (Petition) in the rulemaking proceeding MB Docket No. 03-185 requesting that the Federal

Communications Commission (Commission) grant a “blanket extension or waiver” and extend the

expiration date of all outstanding construction permits for new digital low power television (LPTV) and

TV translator stations to the September 1, 2015 digital transition deadline. We seek comment on this


This proceeding will be treated as “permit but disclose” for purposes of the Commission’s ex

parte rules. See generally 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200-1.1216. As a result of the permit-but-disclose status of

this proceeding, ex parte presentations will be governed by the procedures set forth in Section 1.1206 of

the Commission’s rules applicable to non-restricted proceedings.1

Given that all comments will be posted to the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System

(ECFS), we hereby waive the requirement that parties be served hard copies of the comments and reply

comments in this proceeding, pursuant to Section 1.3 of the Commissions rules.2

Interested parties may file comments on or before August 14, 2014 and reply comments on or

before August 29, 2014. All filings must reference MB Docket No. 03-185. In order to be considered

part of the official record, comments must be filed using: (1) ECFS, (2) the Federal Government’s

eRulemaking Portal, or (3) by filing paper copies.3

Comments sent via e-mail to the Commission that do

not use the ECFS form described below will be considered informal and will not be part of the official


Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the

ECFS: or the Federal eRulemaking Portal:


47 C.F.R. § 1.1206.


47 C.F.R. § 1.3.

3 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13

FCC Rcd 11322, 11326, ¶ 8 (1998).

image02-00.jpg612x792 Filers should follow the instructions provided on the website for

submitting comments.

For ECFS filers, in completing the transmittal screen, filers should include their full

name, U.S. Postal service mailing address, and the applicable docket number: MB

Docket No. 03-185.

Parties may also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail.

To get filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail to, and include the

following words in the body of the message: “get form”. A sample form and instructions

will be sent in response.

Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each

filing. Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by

first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in

receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary,

Marlene H. Dortch, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary

must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,

Washington, DC 20554. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or

fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building. The filing

hours 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 must be addressed to

445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.

One copy of each filing must be sent to Shaun Maher, Media Bureau, Video Division, Room 2-

C864, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554 or

Parties must also serve one copy with the Commission’s copy contractor, Best Copy and Printing,

Inc. (BCPI), Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, (202) 488-5300,

or via e-mail to

Copies of all filings, including the ATBA Petition, will be available in MB Docket No. 03-185

through ECFS and are also available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours at

the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th St., SW, Room CY-A257, Washington, DC

20554, telephone (202) 418-0270. They may also be purchased from the Commission’s duplicating

contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th St., SW, Room CY-B402, Washington, DC

20554, telephone (202) 488-5300, facsimile (202) 488-5563, or via email at

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

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

Bureau at (202) 418-0530 or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

For further information, contact Shaun Maher of the Media Bureau, (202) 418-2324. Press

inquiries should be directed to Janice Wise, (202) 418-8165.



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