The Low Power Television Service (LPTV) was established by the Federal Communication Commission in 1982. It was primarily intended to provide opportunities for locally-oriented television service in small communities, both rural and individual, within larger urban areas. LPTV presents a less expensive and very flexible way of delivering programming tailored to the interests of viewers in small localized areas, providing a means of local self-expression. In addition, LPTV has created abundant opportunities for new entry into television broadcasting and has permitted fuller use of the broadcast spectrum. The LPTV branch also is responsible for processing applications for Television Translator stations. TV Translator stations are stations in the broadcast service operated for the purpose of retransmitting the programs and signals of a TV broadcast station.
- LPTV Fact Sheet
- TV Translators and the DTV Transition
- LPTV Digital Data Services
- Self Inspection Checklist
Our popular internet queries may be used to retrieve information about television and radio broadcast stations.
- AM Query
- FM Query
- TV Query
- CDBS Public Access Search
- Children’s Programming Fact Sheet
- Children’s Programming Query
- List of TV Translator Input Channels as of February 19, 2015
- Mailing Addresses for Broadcast Stations
- FCC Word/Number Search. Use the word/number search to help locate Public Notices referencing an application by entering the right-hand part of the application file number (e.g., 20010612ACX), and selecting "search."
For more information pertaining to the Video Division, please call: (202) 418-1600.