FCC Proposes Indefinitely Extending LPTV Digital Deadline, Giving New Hope For Channel 6 Virtual FMs
October 13, 2014 at 3:56 AM (PT)
The FCC released a Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on FRIDAY (10/10) on the issue of analog low power and translator TV stations, proposing to extend the deadline for those stations to switch to digital transmission.
The present deadline for transition is SEPTEMBER 1st of 2015, and the new proposal would indefinitely extend that deadline. Extending the deadline would provide new life for the Channel 6 analog TV stations that serve as virtual FM radio stations by virtue of the audio for Channel 6 being receivable at 87.75 FM.
The docket, which will be open for comment 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, also proposes LPTV and translator channel sharing in the manner being proposed for full-power digital stations, creation of a new digital-to-digital replacement translator service, and the elimination of the analog tuner requirement, all part of the FCC's proposal to repack the TV dial to free up more spectrum for mobile broadband.