FCC Now Accepting ATSC 3.0 TV Applications

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by

In 2017, the FCC adopted new rules allowing permissive use of the new ATSC 3.0 standard for television station transmissions, but delayed the formal application process to obtain ATSC 3.0 license until new forms could be developed. Those forms are now available, and the FCC has issued a public notice describing the application process that is necessary to modify existing licenses to reflect ATSC 3.0 authority.

Stations converting to ATSC 3.0 are obligated to continue ATSC 1.0 transmissions via a simulcast station in the market, and the new applications require that information, submission of a written simulcast agreement, and certification of coverage requirements. Viewer and MVPD notices are also required.

LPTV station K28GG-D has already filed for and been granted an ATSC 3.0 license. The application and associated authorization can be viewed here.