There is applause coming from many low-power TV industry leaders, in reaction to a FCC notice distributed Tuesday (10/8) that makes good on a request from two LPTV and TV translator advocacy groups.
The groups asked for an extension of an important deadline for post-Incentive Auction federal reimbursements. They just got it.
In a release, the Commission granted a request from the LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition and the National Translator Association to extend by 30 days the filing deadline for low power television stations and TV translator stations for filing FCC Form 2100, Schedule 399.
This is “Form 399,” used by the LPTVs to acquire reimbursement dollars for the money being spent to relocate their stations following the incentive auction designed to bring more spectrum to wireless carriers.
Some $150 million was authorized by Congress to help reimburse broadcasters, and LPTVs are a part of the mix of recipients.
Now, instead of 11:59pm ET next Tuesday (10/15), the submission of the form must be completed by 11:59pm ET on Nov. 14.
Importantly, there is no change for FM broadcast stations: the deadline for them remains Oct. 15 at 11:59pm ET.
LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition Director Mike Gravino thanked the FCC for extending the filing deadline. “It could assist many of the 1500+ eligible LPTV and TV translator licensees in completing their funding requests in a more timely manner.”
Why the delay request? Gravino says the initial 60-day deadline “was proving to be too quick a process, with many consulting engineers, legal counsel, and equipment vendors not having enough time to assist all that needed help in this unique process.”
The extra 30 days for filing, he believes, will yield “a much broader participation rate of those which are eligible, and should lead to a much better outcome for the industry.”
The LPTV and TV translator reimbursement process is not tied to the incentive auction timeline.