Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: December 22, 2009
INITIATION OF NATIONWIDE, FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED DIGITAL LICENSING
FOR LOW POWER TELEVISION AND TV TRANSLATOR SERVICES
POSTPONED TO JULY 26, 2010
The Media Bureau announces that the initiation of nationwide first-come, first-served, digital-
only licensing for low power television (LPTV) and TV translator stations scheduled to begin January 25,
2010, is hereby postponed to July 26, 2010.
On June 29, 2009, the Media Bureau announced that it
would begin accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis for new digital-only low power
television (LPTV) and TV translator stations and for major changes to existing analog and digital LPTV
and TV translator facilities in so-called “rural areas” on August 25, 2009, and without geographic
restriction on January 25, 2010.1 The Bureau believes that a postponement of the January 25, 2010 date
for nationwide licensing is necessary to complete the processing of applications that have been filed for
rural areas since August 25, 2009, and to allow interested parties additional time to prepare applications
for the remainder of the United States. Furthermore, postponement will permit Commission staff to
dedicate additional time and resources for consideration of the Broadband Plan.2
Interested parties may continue to submit applications for new digital-only LPTV and TV
translator stations and for major changes to existing analog and digital LPTV and TV translator facilities
in rural areas, as defined in the June 29th Public Notice.3 Furthermore, applications that are currently
permitted under our rules will continue to be accepted.
For additional information or questions, please contact Hossein Hashemzadeh (technical) or
Shaun Maher (legal) of the Video Division, Media Bureau at (202) 418-1600.
-- FCC --
“Commencement of Rural, First-Come, First-Served Digital Licensing,” Public Notice
, DA 09-1487, released
June 29, 2009(June 29th Public Notice).
A National Broadband Plan for Our Future, Notice of Inquiry
, GN Docket No. 09-51, 24 FCC Rcd 4342
June 29th Public Notice at Appendix A.