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FCC Proposes Changes to Low Power Television Rules: Industry Participation Urged

FCC Proposes Changes to Low Power Television Rules: Industry Participation Urged

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that could significantly alter the regulatory landscape for Low Power Television (LPTV) stations. The proposed changes, detailed in the NPRM released on June 10, 2024, aim to modernize and update the rules governing LPTV, TV translator, and Class A television stations to better reflect the current broadcasting environment and ensure these services continue to serve the public interest.

Key Proposals and Questions in the NPRM:
  1. Online Public Inspection File (OPIF) Requirements:
    • The FCC is considering extending OPIF requirements, currently applicable to full power and Class A TV stations, to certain LPTV stations.
    • Questions include whether to apply these requirements to LPTV stations affiliated with the top four networks and whether such requirements should also extend to other network-affiliated LPTV stations.
  2. Recordkeeping and Political Broadcasting:
    • Proposals to specify where LPTV stations must retain records and how these records can be accessed by the public.
    • Clarifications on the applicability of political programming rules to LPTV stations.
  3. Minimum Operating and Programming Requirements:
    • Introduction of minimum operating hours for LPTV stations.
    • Requirements for LPTV stations to certify compliance with these operating hours in various applications.
  4. Relocation of Facilities:
    • Amendments to displacement and channel sharing rules to eliminate references to a station’s community of license and clarify the distance LPTV stations can move in a minor modification or displacement application.
  5. Emission Mask Requirements:
    • Proposals to require stringent emission masks for new and modified Channel 14 LPTV stations to reduce potential interference with Land Mobile Radio facilities.
Encouraging Industry Participation

The FCC emphasizes the importance of industry feedback in shaping these proposed changes. Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel highlighted the agency’s commitment to transparency and modernization, noting the vital role LPTV stations play in providing diverse voices and local content. Commissioner Nathan Simington expressed eagerness for a thorough examination of the public file’s relevance and value. In contrast, Commissioner Brendan Carr dissented, raising concerns about increased regulatory burdens on LPTV stations at a time when many face significant financial challenges.

How to Participate

Stakeholders are encouraged to review the NPRM and submit their comments. The FCC has set the deadline for comments 30 days after the NPRM’s publication in the Federal Register, with reply comments due 60 days after publication.

Importance of Engagement

Engaging with this NPRM process is crucial for LPTV operators and industry stakeholders. The proposed changes could have substantial implications for operations, compliance requirements, and the overall regulatory environment. By participating in the comment process, LPTV stations can ensure their perspectives and concerns are considered in the FCC’s final rulemaking.

For detailed information, stakeholders can access the full NPRM and the statements from the FCC commissioners, which provide further context and insight into the proposed changes.

The future of LPTV services hinges on this critical regulatory update. Ensure your voice is heard and contribute to the shaping of policies that will impact the industry for years to come.

See more here:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-proposes-revisions-lptv-public-file-and-lptv-service-rules