The agency says it will open the window for applications for low-power digital stations in rural areas on Aug. 25 for applications for the entire country on Jan. 25, 2010.
Low-power TV stations and translators left behind in the transition of full-power TV stations to digital will finally have their day. Actually two days.
On Aug. 25, the FCC will begin accepting applications in rural areas for new digital-only LPTV stations, for major changes for existing stations and for companion digital channels for existing analog stations.
Then, starting on Jan. 25, 2010, it will begin accepting such applications without geographic restrictions.
In both cases, applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis with a daily cut off.
If the FCC receives multiple applications for the same facility, it will award the license by auction.
The FCC said applications for new stations and replacement translators must be for “in-core” channels between ch. 2 and ch. 51.
Applicants for digital companion stations may apply for channels 52-59, but only after certifying the unavailability of any suitable in-core channels.
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