The FCC is not going to consider the addition of any new analog signals in the television space, and all companies that have a pending application for a new LPTV or TV translator – and there are a lot of them – have to get amendments to construct a digital facility in to the Commission pronto.
The deadline to amend an application to specify digital operation is 5/24/10. They must be filed on FCC Form 346, and the filing must be made electronically – paper-borne amendments will not be accepted. And they will be considered a major change, and are therefore subject to a $705 filing fee.
Applications that are not amended to specify digital operation by the deadline will not be processed.
RBR-TVBR observation: The FCC attached a list of pending applications which runs 20 pages, and a lot of individual applicants are listed multiple times. At $705 bucks a pop, these amendments could run into a significant chunk of change for some.