1. The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau hereby provide sixty days’
advance notice of the opening of a displacement application filing window for low power television
(LPTV), TV translator stations, and analog-to-digital replacement translators (DRT) (referred to
collectively as “LPTV/translator stations”)that were displaced by the incentive auction and repacking
process (Special Displacement Window).1  The Special Displacement Window will open on Tuesday,
April 10, 2018, and close on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 11:59 pm EDT. We also announce that
simultaneous with the release of this Public Notice we are releasing a channel study to assist stations in
identifying potential new channels in the repacked television bands.

2. Detailed guidance regarding eligibility criteria and the procedures and policies applicable
to the Special Displacement Window was provided in prior Incentive Auction Task Force and Media
Bureau releases.2 Interested parties are encouraged to review those items prior to filing applications in
the Special Displacement Window. We provide herein details regarding the channel study, reiterate some
of the eligibility and filing procedures for the window, and lift the displacement application filing freeze
for eligible stations.3 We also remind eligible full power television stations that they may begin filing
applications for digital-to-digital replacement translators (DTDRTs) on April 10, 2018.4


1 See In the Matter of Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive
Auctions, Report and Order, 29 FCC Rcd 6567 (2014) (Incentive Auction R&O) (subsequent history omitted);
Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice: The Broadcast Television Incentive Auction
Closes; Reverse Auction and Forward Auction Results Announced; Final Television Band Channel Assignments
Announced; Post-Auction Deadlines Announced, Public Notice, 32 FCC Rcd 2786 (2017) (Closing and Channel
Reassignment Public Notice).
See The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Announce Procedures for Low Power Television,
Television Translator and Replacement Translator Stations During the Post-Incentive Auction Transition, Public
Notice, 32 FCC Rcd 3860 (IATF and MB 2017) (LPTV Procedures Public Notice).; Incentive Auction Task Force
and Media Bureau Set Forth Tools Available to LPTV/Translator Stations Displaced Prior to the Special
Displacement Window, Public Notice, 32 FCC Rcd 4943 (IATF and MB 2017).

We note that the Commission in 2015 sought comment on whether to preserve a vacant television channel for use
by unlicensed white space devices and wireless microphones in all areas of the country. See In the Matter of
Amendment of Parts 15, 73 and 74 of the Commission’s Rules to Provide for the Preservation of One Vacant
Channel in the UHF Television Band For Use By White Space Devices and Wireless Microphones, MB Docket No.
15-146, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 30 FCC Rcd 6711 (2015). In that proceeding, the Commission proposed
that applications filed in the displacement window would have to demonstrate that they do not eliminate the last
remaining vacant channel in their proposed service area. Id. at 6719, para. 17. While the Commission has not.



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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.

So what can you do to get involved and begin to take advantage of these, and many other, benefits?  Join the ATBA today!  Your membership benefits will include:

  1. Members only access to hundreds of years of LPTV experience through our new “Brain Trust”
  2. Early entry to our annual NAB LPTV evening event with access to our special event guest(s)
  3. Exclusive digital content regarding real world information you need to know
  4. Eligibility for recognition for your hard work through our ATBA LPTV Awards
  5. Access to equipment manufacturers with discounts available especially for ATBA members!

To be honest you can’t afford not to be a member of the ATBA! 

We’re making it affordable because it’s a win – win!  When you join, you’re going to receive more than just the benefits listed above but also you’ll be aligning with hundreds of others who, like yourself, have a vested interest in the continued forward movement of free, over-the-air broadcasting.  It’s a win for your ATBA because we will increase our strength through numbers as we grow together.

So what’s the next step?  If you’re ready follow this link to sign up.  If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to call a member of the ATBA board of directors by calling this number (877) 214-4277.   You’ll get a rapid response!

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


The Board of Directors – The Advanced Television Broadcast Alliance