[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 44 (Thursday, March 6, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 12679-12680]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-03465]



47 CFR Parts 73 and 74

[MB Docket No. 03-185; FCC 13-126]

Establish Rules for Digital Low Power Television, Television 
Translator, and Television Booster Stations and To Amend Rules for 
Digital Class A Television Stations

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Final rule; denial of petitions for reconsideration.


SUMMARY: In this document, the Federal Communications Commission 
(``Commission'') denies eight petitions for reconsideration of a Second 
Report and Order in this proceeding adopting final rules to ensure a 
timely and successful completion of the low power television digital 

DATES: Effective March 6, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shaun A. Maher, [email protected], 
Video Division, Media Bureau, (202) 418-2324.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a synopsis of the Commission's 
Memorandum Opinion and Order, FCC 13-126, MB Docket No. 03-185, adopted 
September 26, 2013, and released September 27, 2013. The full text of 
this document is available for inspection and copying during normal 
business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center (Room CY-A257), 
445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. The complete text of this 
document may also be purchased from the Commission's copy contractor, 
Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-
B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone 1-800-378-3160 or 
    In the Second Report and Order, 26 FCC Rcd 10732 (2011) in this 
proceeding, the Commission adopted final rules to ensure the timely and 
successful completion of the low power television digital transition. 
Eight parties filed petitions for reconsideration of the Second Report 
and Order. In the Memorandum Opinion and Order, the Commission granted 
two petitions to the extent that they each seek clarification of the 
Second Report and Order and otherwise denied those filings and 
dismissed or denied, as appropriate, the remaining six petitions for 
    The Commission denied Signal Above, LLC's request to extend the 
September 1, 2015 transition date finding that it had previously 
considered and rejected Signal's

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arguments in the Second Report and Order.
    The Commission denied the National Translator Associations request 
to reconsideration the December 31, 2011 ``out of core'' transition 
date finding that it had already considered and rejected NTA's 
arguments in the Second Report and Order.
    The Commission denied the law firm of Cohn and Marks's and One 
Ministries' requests to extend the expiration date for all construction 
permits for new digital low power television stations, finding that the 
Commission did not contemplate in this proceeding nor did it seek 
comment on whether to change the existing three-year construction 
period for new digital LPTV stations and that One Ministries failed to 
propose the change to the Commission's rules during the comment stage 
of the proceeding.
    The Commission granted in part and otherwise denied the petitions 
for clarification and reconsideration of National Public Radio and 
Hammett & Edison and clarified that, regardless of their power level, 
low power television stations may not cause interference to a primary 
service such as noncommercial educational FM radio stations.
    This document is not subject to the Congressional Review Act. (The 
Commission, is, therefore, not required to submit a copy of the 
Memorandum Opinion and Order to GAO, pursuant to the Congressional 
Review Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A) because the petitions for 
reconsideration were denied).

Federal Communications Commission.
Marlene H. Dortch,
[FR Doc. 2014-03465 Filed 3-5-14; 8:45 am]