Satellite Station Rule Revision Gets Effective Date


On March 11 the FCC adopted a Report and Order streamlining the Commission’s procedures for reauthorizing television satellite stations when they are assigned or transferred.

The Commission ordered that the revisions to its rules be effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The rule amendments were published on Monday (4/15).

Accordingly, they will become effective on May 15.

Assignment and transfer applicants may avail themselves of the streamlined procedures when there has been no material change in the underlying circumstances supporting the satellite station’s existing authorization.

To make a streamlined showing, applicants must:

  • certify that the underlying circumstances supporting the satellite’s existing authorization have not materially changed
  • provide a copy of the most recent written Commission decision granting the existing satellite authorization