DC Circ. Kills Challenges To FCC Orders As Time-Barred

Law360, New York (August 1, 2017, 7:35 PM EDT) — The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected a challenge by low-power television broadcasters to a series of orders by the Federal Communications Commission that the broadcasters said would force many LPTV stations to shut down, finding that most of the stations’ arguments were made too late.

Several LPTV stations and investors had teamed up to take on two FCC orders known as the Commencing Operations Order and the Channel-Sharing Order, policy guides for when a new licensee is seen as “commencing,” and providing that LPTV stations can…

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