The short answer to a previous question I had is that broadcasters are given from November 18, 2008 to February 18 2009, to switch over to their new all-digital service. No flash cuts needed here. The station can go as far as switching off analog in that period. It must notify the FCC and its viewers, but the station needs no prior approval. (I didn't know that even before these new rules, broadcasters were allowed to switch off analog service for up to 30 days, to built the DTT facility. FCC needed notification, but no prior approval was necessary.) In Appendix B, seems like any UHF DTV station can now request an increase in ERP up to 1 MW, without having to show that it meets a long list of caveats. So, it looks like we could see analog OTA TV going off this coming November, on a station by station basis. Kind of gets the adrenaline flowing. Bert ---------------------------------------- http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-228A1.pdf o We establish February 17, 2009 as the construction deadline for stations building digital facilities based on a new channel allotment in the post-transition DTV Table of Allotments ("DTV Table") and accompanying Appendix B ("DTV Table Appendix B"), i.e., stations that will be returning to their analog channel or moving to a new digital channel for post-transition operations. These stations will not be required to construct a digital facility on their pre-transition DTV channel and will be permitted to forego further construction to the extent such a facility has been partially built. o We establish May 18, 2008 as the construction deadline for stations that will use their pre-transition DTV channel for post-transition operations and already have a construction permit that matches their post-transition (DTV Table Appendix B) facilities. o We establish August 18, 2008 as the construction deadline for stations that will use their pre-transition DTV channel for post-transition operations, but which do not have a construction permit that matches their post-transition (DTV Table Appendix B) facilities. (We note that the statutory transition deadline applies only to full-power stations. The transition timing for low power, translator and Class A stations will be addressed in a separate proceeding.) o We establish February 17, 2009 as the construction deadline for stations demonstrating that a unique technical challenge, such as the need to reposition a sidemounted antenna, prevents them from completing construction of their final DTV facilities. o We establish stricter standards for granting extensions of time to construct digital facilities for all construction deadlines on or before February 17, 2009. In addition, for construction deadlines occurring February 18, 2009 or later, we will consider such requests under the tolling standard set forth in Section 73.3598(b) of the rules. We adopt our revised FCC Form 337, as proposed. o We adopt FCC Form 387 and require all full-power television stations to file it by February 18, 2008, detailing their current transition status, additional steps necessary for digital-only operation upon expiration of the February 17, 2009 transition deadline, and a timeline for making those steps. Stations must update the form as events warrant and by October 20, 2008 if they have not completed construction. o We will permit stations that are moving to a different DTV channel for post-transition operations to temporarily remain on their pre-transition DTV channel while they complete construction of their final digital facilities, provided: (1) They build facilities that serve at least the same population that receives their current analog TV and DTV service so that over-the-air viewers will not lose TV service; and (2) They do not cause impermissible interference to other stations or prevent other stations from making their transition. o We will permit stations to operate their post-transition facilities, pursuant to special temporary authority ("STA"), at less than their full, authorized facilities, provided: (1) They demonstrate a unique technical challenge (as defined in Section V.B.5., infra) and they can serve at least 85 percent of the same population that receives their current analog TV and DTV service; or (2) A significant technical impediment to the construction of their full, authorized facilities that would not otherwise qualify for an extension of time to construct facilities under the new, stricter standard adopted herein and they serve at least 100 percent of the same population that receives their current analog TV and DTV service so that over-the-air viewers will not lose TV service. In addition, stations must demonstrate that they do not cause impermissible interference to other stations or prevent other stations from making their transition. Finally, stations that cannot serve at least 100 percent of the same population that receives their current analog TV and DTV service must comply with a viewer notification requirement. o We clarify that, under existing rules, a station may temporarily reduce or cease service on their pre-transition analog or digital channel for a period of 30 days or less, upon notification to the Commission and without prior approval, when necessary to complete construction of the post-transition digital facility. o We will provide stations with the flexibility to permanently reduce or terminate their analog or pre-transition digital service before the transition date, provided the station satisfies the following two requirements: (1) The station demonstrates that its service reduction or termination is directly related to the construction and operation of its, or another station's, post-transition facilities; and (2) The station notifies viewers on its pre-transition channel(s) about the planned service reduction or termination and informs them about how they can continue to receive the station. o To provide additional flexibility within 90 days of the February 17, 2009 transition date (i.e., beginning on or after November 19, 2008), we will allow stations to permanently reduce or terminate their analog or pre-transition digital service without prior approval upon notification to the Commission 30 days prior to the planned permanent service reduction or termination. The station must still comply with a viewer notification requirement. o We will permit stations that are moving to a different DTV channel for post-transition operations to cease operations on their pre-transition digital channels and begin operating on their new channels before the transition date, provided: (1) The early transitioning stations will not cause impermissible interference to another station; and (2) The early transitioning stations continue to serve their existing viewers for the remainder of the transition and commence their full, authorized post-transition operations upon expiration of the February 17, 2009 transition deadline. o We will offer expedited processing of stations' applications to build their posttransition facilities, provided that their application: (1) does not seek to expand the station's facilities beyond its final DTV Table Appendix B facilities; (2) specifies facilities that are no more than five percent smaller than those specified in the posttransition DTV Table Appendix B (with respect to predicted population); and (3) is filed within 45 days of the effective date of this Report and Order. We adopt our revised FCC Forms 301 and 340, as proposed. o We announce our intent to lift the freeze on the filing of maximization applications on August 17, 2008, the date by which we expect to have completed processing stations' applications to build their post-transition facilities. Until this date, we will maintain our freeze and will not accept maximization applications to expand facilities. o We adopt a waiver policy that will permit rapid approval of minor (i.e., not exceeding 5 miles) expansion applications filed by stations that will not use their pre-transition DTV channel for post-transition operation. This policy will allow added flexibility for stations that wish to use their existing analog channel antenna, which provides benefits for the successful completion of the transition by reducing the demands on equipment suppliers and installation crews during a critical time as the transition date nears. o We adopt a 0.5 percent new interference standard (i.e., only considering interference in addition to that contained in the post-transition DTV Table Appendix B) to apply to applications for post-transition facilities and also to future maximization applications and applications to implement new allotments. o We update the Commission's rules to reflect the latest revisions to the ATSC standards concerning DTV transmission and PSIP. o We revise Section 73.624(g) to require DTV stations that are permittees operating pursuant to an STA or any other FCC instrument authorizing DTV transmissions to file FCC Form 317 and pay fees on any revenue derived from feeable ancillary or supplementary services in the same way required of DTV licensees. o We clarify our station identification requirements for digital stations in situations where one of a station's multicast streams is being used to air programming provided by another broadcast station, such as a low power station, or another programming source. o We discuss MVPDs' obligations with respect to carriage of digital stations after the transition. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.