ATBA / LPTV Entities File Steps for Reform of FCC Incentive Auction Transaction Scheduling Plan

Northeast Gospel Broadcasting, Inc., Grace Worship Center, Inc., EICB-TV West, LLC, the National Translator Association, and the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance (collectively, the “LPTV & Translator Parties”) filed a statement to the Federal Communications Commission outlining the issues with the FCC’s Incentive Auction Transaction Scheduling Plan and offering a three-step plan of reform on Oct. 31.

The LPTV & Translator Parties commented on the FCC’s negligence of considering LPTV needs, such as the lack of time LPTV stations have to file for a channel change.

“The FCC Incentive Auction is proceeding as planned,” said Louis Libin, ATBA Executive Director. “The LPTV industry will continue to be a thriving, viable business; in most cases, better with ATSC 3.0. The three requests we ask in this filing are all fair and reasonable and we hope the FCC will grant them and demonstrate that they recognize that in spite of the fact that within the auction there are many players and moving parts, the licensed LPTV business is one that will continue post-auction.”

For reform, the LPTV & Translator Parties present a three step process to help the FCC’s Plan correct its previous negligence:

  1. Permit LPTV and TV Translators to obtain authorization to operate on temporary channels during the transition;
  2. Permit LPTV and TV Translators to remain silent for more than 12 months pursuant to the FCC’s discretionary authority in Section 312(g) of the Communications Act “to promote equity and fairness;” and
  3. Permit LPTV and TV Translator licensees and permittees to specify a transmitter site location in its displacement application that is up to 250 miles from the facility’s current transmitter site location.

“An important Coalition of LPTV and Translator broadcasters joined together to simply ask the FCC for fair treatment,” Randy Weiss of EICB-TV said. “The regulatory agency that has caused us so much distress, could now repair some of the damage they have done. If granted, this formal request would ameliorate some of our hardship and do no harm to anyone.”

Click here for a copy of the filing.

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Dear Fellow LPTV Broadcaster and Industry Leaders,

The auction has ended and most of us are still here.  While it was not only our hope but the hope of many others that the auction would not take place . . . it did, but it did not have the devastating effect that it might have had. 

The world after the auction looks different and amazingly so has a very bright future!

What does that future look like?  Not only the amazing possibilities of ATSC 3.0 but the landscape of a nation of people who are increasingly cutting their cable cords and looking for free, over the air, broadcasting content.

That’s why it’s more important than ever that you join the Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance.  Our board of directors have a combined 500+ years of experience which beginning with your membership we are going to start making more available to our members on an increasing basis.

Soon as an ATBA member, you will be eligible to start tapping into not only this brain trust through unique services available only to our members but regular news updates regarding our collective broadcast future.  We are exploring new ways to tap into information from Washington as well as important updates that will benefit you right there where you live.

The need for the ATBA has increased with the new opportunities that are becoming available for those of us who still know that the future of LPTV, Class A and Translators is bright!  Are you selling your station to local sponsors?  Are you maximizing your spectrum to the advantage that you truly can?  Are you struggling with FCC rules and regulations that you either don’t understand or can’t get explained?

The ATBA is developing a database of information to help you find the answers you need! 

In addition we are still working with the true decision makers in Washington.  Your ATBA has earned the respect and the ear of the true movers and shakers that continue to shape our collective broadcasting future.

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Thanks for taking the time to read this note and for your ongoing passion for the future of communication in this great country.

Respectfully,

The Board of Directors – The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance