[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 238 (Wednesday, December 11, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 75306]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-29585]



47 CFR Part 73

[MB Docket No. 13-261, RM-11707; DA 13-2129]

Television Broadcasting Services; Birmingham, Alabama

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: The Commission has before it a petition for rulemaking filed 
by Alabama Educational Television Commission (``AETC''), the licensee 
of station WBIQ(TV), channel *39, Birmingham, Alabama, requesting to 
return to its previously allotted channel *10 at Birmingham. AETC 
currently has a claim on two channels in the DTV Table of Allotments, 
channels *10 and *39, and seeks a waiver of the Commission's freeze on 
the filing of petitions for rulemaking by television stations seeking 
channel substitutions in order to relinquish all claims to channel *39 
with the grant of this petition. AETC concludes that the proposed 
return of WBIQ(TV) to channel *10 will serve the public interest by 
allowing the station to conserve its resources and by not disrupting 
service to the public.

DATES: Comments must be filed on or before January 10, 2014, and reply 
comments on or before January 27, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Secretary, 
445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing 
comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve counsel for 
petitioner as follows: M. Scott Johnson, Esq., Fletcher, Heald, & 
Hildreth, PLC, 1300 N. 17th Street, Suite 1100, Arlington, VA 22209.

Adrienne.Denysyk@fcc.gov, Media Bureau, (202) 418-1600.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a synopsis of the Commission's 
Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MB Docket No. 13-261, adopted November 
4, 2013, and released November 6, 2012. The full text of this document 
is available for public inspection and copying during normal business 
hours in the FCC's Reference Information Center at Portals II, CY-A257, 
445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC, 20554. This document will also be 
available via ECFS (http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/). (Documents will be 
available electronically in ASCII, Word 97, and/or Adobe Acrobat.) This 
document may be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, 
Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-B402, 
Washington, DC 20554, telephone 1-800-478-3160 or via email 
www.BCPIWEB.com. To request this document in accessible formats 
(computer diskettes, large print, audio recording, and Braille), send 
an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Commission's Consumer and 
Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 
(TTY). This document does not contain proposed information collection 
requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 
104-13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any proposed 
information collection burden ``for small business concerns with fewer 
than 25 employees,'' pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief 
Act of 2002, Public Law 107-198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4).
    Provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 do not apply 
to this proceeding. Members of the public should note that from the 
time a Notice of Proposed Rule Making is issued until the matter is no 
longer subject to Commission consideration or court review, all ex 
parte contacts (other than ex parte presentations exempt under 47 CFR 
1.1204(a)) are prohibited in Commission proceedings, such as this one, 
which involve channel allotments. See 47 CFR 1.1208 for rules governing 
restricted proceedings.
    For information regarding proper filing procedures for comments, 
see Sec. Sec.  1.415 and 1.420.

List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73


Federal Communications Commission.
Barbara A. Kreisman,
Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau.

Proposed Rules

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal 
Communications Commission proposes to amend 47 CFR part 73 as follows:


1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 334, 336, and 339.

Sec.  73.622  [Amended]

2. Section 73.622(i), the Post-Transition Table of DTV Allotments under 
Alabama is amended by adding channel *10 and removing channel *39 at 

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