LPTV proceeding extended officially


FCCThe LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition reported last week that the FCC had agreed to extend the comment period for a proceeding involving the organization’s clientele. The FCC has now made it a matter of record.

The official topic is “Amendment of Parts 73 and 74 of the Commission’s Rules to Establish Rules for Digital Low Power Television and Television Translator Stations.”

The 30 day comment period was originally set with a deadline of 12/29/14. The LPTV group pointed out that this would place it smack in the middle of the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, a historically horrific time in which to prepare a reasoned argument on a complex topic.

The FCC stated, “Although, it is the general policy of the Commission that extensions of time shall not be routinely given,1  because the comment dates fall after a major holiday, we find it in the public interest to provide a short two-week extension.  Such a short extension will enable interested parties sufficient opportunity to review and respond to the variety of issues raised by the Third Notice.”

The new deadline is 1/12/15. Reply comments are to follow no later than 1/26/15.